WASAGAMING — Julie Card came into the 81st annual Tamarack golf tournament just looking to have fun. On Saturday, she left the Clear Lake Golf Course as the women’s medallist and champion.
Card, who’s originally from Brandon but now lives in Calgary, had only played four rounds of golf before the tournament, but she claimed the women’s crown with a 2-up win over La Salle’s Janice Young in Saturday’s final.
"It’s pretty surreal right now," Card said. "I didn’t think I’d be here today. It feels awesome. I didn’t think I’d play on Saturday. It’s been a long, long time since I played on Saturday, so it’s just great to be here. It’s an amazing feeling."
Saturday’s final was a back-and-forth match through the front nine, with neither competitor leading by more than one hole. Card took control by wining the 10th and 11th to go 2 up, and she never let Young, who was born and raised in Brandon, catch up after that.
Card was emotional after the match ended as she has played in a lot of previous Tamarack tournaments but couldn’t come out on top. She also had a lot of her family members from Manitoba there supporting her.
"It’s amazing," she said. "I don’t get to play in a tournament like this in Calgary, that’s for sure. I look forward to coming back every year and I’m happy all the family and friends are out and happy that I could pull out the win."
Card missed last year’s Tamarack because she had a child, but she plans to be back next year to defend her title.
"Absolutely," she said. "I won’t miss another one, hopefully not for a long, long time. It feels amazing and I’m definitely looking forward to next year. It’s a great tournament and I had so much fun and surprised that it ended up like this and I’m definitely very happy."
Meanwhile, Erickson’s Bobbi Uhl continued her domination of the junior women’s event by winning her third straight title with a 4-and-2 victory over Brandonite Hayley Shanks in Saturday’s final.
Uhl won the first four holes of the match, but Shanks got within one at the end of the front nine. She wasn’t surprised Shanks was able to come back in the match, and Uhl said it wasn’t because she was overconfident.
"I said she can still come back," the 14-year-old said. "I started hitting the ball good and I knew I had to play good to do it. I told myself to stay calm and push through it."
Uhl rebounded by winning three of the next four holes to take control of the match.
Uhl was impressed with how well Shanks played in the final, and that made Uhl prouder of his title over her previous two.
"Hayley played really good and it made me have to play really good," Uhl said.
"I had to get par to win the hole and if I got bogey I either tied or lost it. It was a lot more fun this time."