A dynasty is born: Coben takes fourth straight Lobstick title

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The Conexus Senior Men’s Lobstick has a dynasty on its hands.

Delisle’s Colin Coben won his fourth straight championship on Thursday, taking home the 2014 crown at the scenic Waskesiu Lake Golf Course located in the heart of Prince Albert National Park.

Entering the third and final round of the tournament three strokes ahead of Saskatoon golfer Murray Osborn, Coben shot a 75 on Thursday to clinch victory by just a single stroke, finishing with a score of 215. 

After shooting a strong 72 in round one of the tournament on Tuesday, Coben hit a blistering two-under-par 68 on Wednesday, just about clinching his fourth straight title. 

While Coben’s stroke count on Thursday was the weakest of his three rounds, his strong performance in round two allowed him to keep pace and eke out the victory.

“I got lucky today,” Coben said after course superintendent Peter Anholt presented him with yet another championship plaque. “I didn’t play great. I played really good yesterday and I played good the first day to put myself in the lead.”

Coben shot 39 on the 6,301-yard course’s front nine, followed by 36 on the back, birdieing just one hole, the par-four 15th.

Noting that he’s played at Waskesiu since he was about 18 years old, Coben said it gets tougher every year to keep his dynasty going, as the urge to win becomes more intense. 

“You want to win, I want to keep it going,” he said. “It was good to get ‘er done and win it again. It always feels good.” 

Earlier in the day, the third round of the Super Senior Lobstick tournament, featuring golfers 70 years of age and older, was rained out and Saskatoon’s Jim Scissons took the title with a total score of 142.

Scissons, who finished tied with Rick Hillestad as runners-up to Coben last year, recorded a 74 on Wednesday to go with his sizzling two-under-par 68 on opening day.

Prince Albert’s Phil England finished strong in the Super Senior category, shooting 167 through two rounds, good enough for sixth place in the tournament.

The strongest performance by a Prince Albert product in the regular draw came from Dwight Desarmeau, who finished with a score of 233, shooting 76 on in round one, followed by 79 and 78 on Thursday.

With his senior men’s dynasty intact, Coben looks forward to the 2014 Conexus Men’s Lobstick tournament, taking place back at Waskesiu on June 9-14.

“It’s a nice place to be up here,” Coben said. “I’m going home then coming back on Sunday, we’ll play a practice round to get ready for the opening on Monday.”

andrew.schopp@paherald.sk.ca 

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