Local senior golfers Dan Livingston and Freddie Beck competed at the Manitoba Senior Championship last week and while they didn’t bring home any big prizes, it was a chance to mingle with the region’s top players.
“I enjoy it. I’ve met a lot of good golfers. When you go, you go to have fun,” said Beck, 65. “My finish wasn’t not bad, not good, but not bad.”
Beck shot a three-round total of 256 (85-82-89) to leave him tied for 76th while Livingston carded a 243 (79-84-80) for a share of 35th in the 108-golfer field, who played their rounds at Glendale Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg and the Carman Golf Club on Aug. 27-29.
Livingston was 22 shots off the pace behind tourney winner Gavin Spiers of the St. Charles Country Club.
Beck said being at a disadvantage of playing on a near “foreign” course is nothing new in the sport, but added he wasn’t thrilled with how poorly he tried to feel out the course in Carman.
“It’s a tight course and you don’t use your driver too often. They have some undulating greens. It’s break left, break right,” he said.
“I remember one hole. It was a par four with a dogleg left, 140 yards out,” Beck recalled. “I played for greens and the greens are going away from you. It’s sloping to back of the greens.
“Little quirks about a course that you don’t know can put you at the mercy of the gods when you go in there cold,” he reasoned.
Beck’s best finish—or at least best start—was in 1999 when stood in 14th spot before falling apart in the last round.
Both Livingston and Beck are set to compete in this weekend’s senior and super-senior men’s events in the Kitchen Creek Club championship.