Coben wins third consecutive title with three straight 69-stroke rounds

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While the 2014 Saskatchewan Senior Men’s championship at the Elk Ridge Resort concluded on Wednesday, several junior Prince Albert golfers hit the links in round two junior action 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, Delisle’s Colin Coben took home a third straight Senior Men’s title with a third consecutive 69-stroke third and final round on Wednesday.

Round two of Junior Boys championship suspended

Some golfers competing in Niagara Falls didn’t even get the chance to tee off as second round play of the event was suspended until 7 a.m. on Thursday.

Selander got through nine holes before play was stopped due to weather after shooting a 77-stroke opening round on Tuesday.

The lone Prince Albert product competing in the tournament finished the shortened day with a score of 38, dropping birdies on the 11th and 16th holes of the 7,309-yard, par-72 course.

Joining Selander on the links were Bailey who shot 26 through six holes and Timmerman who finished with a score of 37 through nine.   

Also competing were Saskatchewan golfers Johnson and Wiebe, who did not tee off on Wednesday due to the tournament’s suspension of play.

Round two of the tournament will resume on Thursday at 7 a.m.

Hobson avoids getting cut in Thornhill

The field at the CJGC was cut in half following round two on Wednesday with one of two Prince Albert golfers competing in the tournament avoiding elimination.

Hobson followed up on an 87-stroke opening round performance on Tuesday with an 80 in round two while fellow P.A. golfer Kayla Sawchuk was cut from the tournament. 

Sawchuk, who took home the 2014 Saskatchewan Junior Championship at the Evergreen Golf and Country Club in Nipawin earlier this month, shot an 84-stroke round two to place her in a tie for 73rd place. 

Meanwhile Hobson, who finished second in Nipawin, led the tournament’s trio of Saskatchewan golfers as Regina’s Hill was also cut, shooting a 93-stroke round to finish with a total score of 184 through 36 holes. 

Ottawa produce Grace St-Germain leads the pack after shooting a second straight two-below-par 70 on the 6,666-yard course located just outside of Toronto. 

Round three of the 72-hole tournament will commence on Thursday.

Coben takes third straight Senior Men’s championship 

Coben’s magic number appears to be 69 as the senior amateur golfer’s dynasty continued on Wednesday

After putting up two straight 69-stroke rounds on Monday and Tuesday, Coben was at it yet again shooting another 69-stroke round to clinch a third straight Senior Men’s title with a total score of 207.   

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 won the Senior Men’s in 2012, 2013 and now, 2014.   

In round three of the 54-hole tournament on the par-72, 6,232-yard course, Coben birdied six holes while bogeying two to edge out Arcola’s Paul Grimes, who finished in second, trailing the Delisle golfer by 12 strokes.

Finishing in third with a score of 223 was another Delisle product, Percy Murphy. 

The Senior Men’s Championship was open to male amateur golfers aged 50 and over. 

Coben, Murphy and Grimes will have the opportunity to compete at the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship on Aug. 26-29 in Vancouver.

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