Regina's Brooke Hill tees off at the 2014 Canadian Junior Girl's Championship at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club just outside of Toronto. Hill finished the opening round of the tournament tied for 90th place while Prince Albert products Brooke Hobson and Kayla Sawchuk shot rounds of 90 and 87. Photo courtesy of Golf Saskatchewan
It’s another busy week for Saskatchewan amateur golfers with three separate tournaments being played simultaneously at the Elk Ridge Resort and in Ontario.
At the Canadian Junior Girl’s Championship at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club near Toronto, Prince Albert golfers Brooke Hobson and Kayla Sawchuk are competing on the national stage, taking on a field of more than 120 golfers from across the country.
In Niagara Falls, Ont., the junior boys are taking to the links at the Legends on the Niagara’s Battlefield golf course for their Canadian Junior Championship.
Prince Albert product Cory Selander is in Niagara Falls taking on a field of 156 golfers from all parts of Canada, along with Saskatoon’s Roman Timmerman, Shaunavon’s Corey Bailey, Madison’s Kyle Wiebe and Kade Johnson of Yorkton.
And finally, right at home in Saskatchewan on the links at Elk Ridge Resort, round two of the 2014 Saskatchewan Senior Men’s Championship wrapped up on Tuesday as Delisle’s Colin Coben remains in the hunt for a third straight title.
Selander tops the Sask. field in Niagara Falls
As round one of the CJBC wrapped up on Tuesday, Selander stood as the top Saskatchewan performer, finishing the day in an 18-way tie for 89th place.
Selander dropped three birdies while bogeying six holes as he heads into round two of the 72-hole tournament on Wednesday.
Patrick Murphy of Crossfield, Alta., sits No. 1 on the leaderboard, shooting a 64-stroke opening round on the 7,309-yard, par-72 course.
Joining Selander on the links were Bailey (T136th, 82), Timmerman (T123rd, 80), Wiebe (T105th, 78) and Johnson (T123rd, 80).
Round two of the CJBC will kick off on Wednesday with the first group teeing off at 7:30 a.m.
Pair of P.A. golfers fare well in Thornhill
Prince Albert products Hobson and Sawchuk both shot decent rounds to kick off CJGC play on Tuesday.
Sawchuk, who took home the 2014 Saskatchewan Junior Championship at the Evergreen Golf and Country Club in Nipawin earlier this month, shot a 90-stroke round to place her in an eight-way tie for 82nd place.
Meanwhile Hobson, who finished second in Nipawin, led the tournament’s trio of Saskatchewan golfers with an 87-stroke opening round one with Regina’s Hill finishing the day tied for 90th place with a score of 91.
Ottawa produce Grace St-Germain leads the pack, shooting a two-below-par 70 on the 6,666-yard course located just outside of Toronto.
Round two of the 72-hole tournament will commence on Wednesday with Sawchuk teeing off at 11:40 a.m., Hobson at 11:50 a.m. and Hill at 12:10 a.m.
Coben on pace for a third-straight Senior Men’s title
In a mirror image of his round one performance on Monday, Coben shot a second straight 69 on Tuesday to stay atop the leaderboard at the Elk Ridge Resort.
It has been an outstanding golf season for Coben, who has won the 2014 editions of the Prince Albert Men’s Senior championship and the Conexus Senior Men’s Lobstick in Waskesiu in June.
Coben is looking for a third straight Senior Men’s championship after collecting the title in 2012 and 2013.
On Tuesday, Coben birdied four holes while bogeying one on the par-72, 6,232-yard course as he heads into the third and final round on Wednesday.
Trailing behind Coben by just three strokes is Arcola’s Paul Grimes who parred the course in round two followed by Gravelbourg’s Craig Benson in third place with a total score of 149 through 36 holes of play.
The Senior Men’s Championship is open to male amateur golfers aged 50 and over.
The top three finishers of the tournament will have the opportunity to compete at the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship on Aug. 26-29 in Vancouver.
Round three of the tournament kicks off on Wednesday with Coben’s group teeing off at 7 a.m. at Elk Ridge.