It was beautiful weather and a strong putting game which took an amateur golfer to the top of a local tournament.
The Molson North West Amateur Tournament wrapped up at the North Battleford Golf and Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 14.
Players from across the province came out to improve their overall standings on the 2016 Men’s Order of Merit golf tour.
Danny Klughart from Prince Albert was the big winner.
He shot an even par 72 in the first round on Saturday. In the second round he hit two birdies and three bogeys for a one over 73.
Klughart finished with a total score of 145, beating second place finisher Blair Baert by three strokes.
“I’ve been having a pretty good season this year but I’ve been struggling with the putter,” Klughart said. “It’s great to come here and get everything going and pick up my first win of the season.”
Before the win Klughart was sitting in ninth place, though his position didn’t bother him.
“I have no idea where I am on the list right now. Probably 10th maybe, I have no idea. It was a beautiful day and I just love the game,” Klughart said.
Klughart finished in seventh at the Saskatchewan Amateur Tournament and had two other top five finishes on the season before the win.
Only 10 amateurs signed up for the North Battleford tournament. Coordinator Bruce Yockey said participation is lacking overall.
“The numbers have been down in the past few years but that seems to be a trend across the province. It is tough to get guys out to play tournament golf,” Yockey said. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather though. We got rave reviews from the players about the condition of the course.”
Greg Higgins is battlefordsNOW's city municipal affairs and health reporter. He can be reached at [email protected] or tweet him @realgreghiggins.
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