Tighe retains title easily
The longer the day went, the further behind Greg Tighe left his pursuers.
The Fort Frances resident used consistency on the front and back half of the course to shoot a 71 for a four-stroke victory over “Snake” Krawchuk to successfully defend his Kitchen Creek Senior Men’s Open last Wednesday (July 16).
“I felt pretty good hitting the ball on both nines,” said Tighe.
“The turning point was on No. 8, when I had to hole a lengthy putt to save par,” he added.
“On the back nine, I hit six out of nine greens...you’ve got to be able to hit greens and be able to scramble out here.”
Birdies on Nos. 11 (an eight-foot downhill gem of a putt) and 15 gave him three for the day, which more than balanced out his two bogeys, while Tighe parred the rest of the holes.
Conversely, things went somewhat south for Krawchuk and Klyne on the back nine.
A bogey on the par-5 No. 12 did in Krawchuk’s hopes for a rally on his way to a 75.
Klyne matched Krawchuk’s dubious feet on No. 12 and tacked on a double-bogey on No. 14 on his way to a back-nine 41 that pushed him down to a tie for fourth with Dwayne Sinclair at 77.
One spot and one shot ahead of them was Larry Beck, whose birdies on Nos. 10 and 13 bolstered his own back-nine 35 that unfortunately was counteracted by his 41 on the front nine to lead to his 76.
“It’s always a lot of fun and I have to thank the club workers for all their efforts,” commended Tighe, who spread the praise around generously.
“The tournament certainly wouldn’t enjoy the success it has if not for our guests who come into the tournament from out of town,” emphasized Tighe.
“Big kudos to the out-of-towners, as well as our local seniors. I believe this is one of the premier seniors opens in northwestern Ontario with over 100 people in it every year.
“And the greens crew have done a terrific job keeping the course in tremendous condition. It’s a well-organized tournament. The people who came to play get their money’s worth.”|
Tom Bennett’s 77 was good enough to win the 1st Flight, one stroke up on Earl Klyne at 78 and three up on Rick Sekulich (80).
In the 2nd Flight, Gus McDonnell posted an 80 to get past Mike Willick by one stroke and the trio of Art Carpenter, Brady Hupet and Doug Baird who all scored 83.
The 3rd Flight saw Alton Pollard and Lorne Ricard shoot identical rounds of 84, while Dave Hyatt was one shot further back with 85.
Dan McFayden captured the 4th Flight with an 83, with Cam Hardwig in second (88) and Herman Pruys in third (89).
Meanwhile, the 5th Flight belonged to Ron Campbell, whose 91 steered him clear of the field by two shots ahead of Bill Gushulak (93) and three up on Delburn Ross (94).
More spirited golf action took place on Saturday at the Kitchen Creek Ladies Golf Tournament, with two foreigners capturing top honour in the two-person scramble event.
Punky Stadum and Kay Plath from the Falls were the best of the 11-team bunch, recording a score of 79 to leave them two shots in front of the Fort tandem of Plum Byrnes and Leslie Baird, who notched an 81.
Another Fort duo, Megan Reid and Elaine Sande, were another stroke behind in third place with an 82.