Daily Herald Staff
Some interesting scenarios are shaping up as the 2014 Conexus Men’s Lobstick tournament enters the final two days of match-play competitions at the Waskesiu Lake Golf Course.
Colin Coben remains on track to accomplish the rarest of doubles in tournament history as the Delisle golfer is coming off his fourth straight Conexus Senior Men’s championship last week and is now in the final eight at the men’s event.
Defending champion Danny Klughart of Prince Albert is also still in the hunt and would become the first repeat winner since John Walsh a decade ago while another Prince Albert golfer, Greg Swenson, is looking to take that final step and claim his first Lobstick championship after finishing as the runner-up in 2012.
Coben defeated Regina’s Kirk McGregor on Thursday to set up a quarter-final match with Shaun Dunphy from Saskatoon this morning while Klughart upended former champion Martin Ring and will now face Landon Klassen of Maidstone. Swenson eliminated Mike Herperger from Humboldt in his Thursday match and will now meet Aaron Mitchell of Saskatoon with the other quarter-final featuring former champion Warren Gnam from Medicine Hat going up against Taylor Afseth of Saskatoon.
Dunphy gained his berth in the final eight with a victory over Dave Bach of Prince Albert while Klassen defeated another Prince Albert golfer in Mark Robinson. Mitchell ousted Doug Kozak of Regina, Afseth sidelined Shawn Streleau from Martensville and Gnam, who also captured the 2007 Men’s Open at Waskesiu Lake, beat Liam Courtney from Waskesiu.
It is a gruelling day for the surviving Championship Flight competitors as winners of the quarter-finals will return to the course in the afternoon for semifinal play.
On the consolation side of the Championship Flight, Doug Braaten is the last remaining Prince Albert golfer still in action as he beat Cooke Municipal Golf Course clubmate Jeff McKeand on Thursday and will now take on Cy Goudal from Shellbrook in a quarter-final match.
Other quarter-finals in the consolation draw will have Justin Blackwell from Saskatoon squaring off against Brad Phelps from Saskatoon; John Cook from Saskatoon will tangle with Chase Porter from Saskatoon; Tyler Zaba will meet Dan Morin in an all-Regina clash.
The consolation draw will also see winners of the morning matches going back out onto the course for semifinal action in the afternoon. Finals in all flights will be held Saturday morning.