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.