WASAGAMING — Brad Clement is one match away from winning a division he accidentally entered at the 81st annual Tamarack golf tournament.
The 53-year-old from Russell let one of his daughters fill out his application form for the eight-day event, and when he received his draw he found out he was registered in the new champion men’s event. While Clement, the 1995 and 2005 Tamarack men’s champion, qualifies for the champion men’s division — for players 50 and over who play 36 holes of qualifying and flights of 16 for match play — he was hoping to be in the main men’s field.
Clement didn’t let that mistake bother him though, and has earned his way into today’s final at the Clear Lake Golf Course at 12:24 p.m.
“Thanks to one of my daughters I’m in here, but the quality of play has been absolutely fantastic,” he said. “Playing against the four guys today, I think they could compete with any of the guys (in the men’s event) behind us. I enjoy it.”
Clement, the event’s third seed, had a tough match against La Salle’s Brent Young in Friday’s semifinals. The pair were even through 11 before Clement won three of the next four holes and went on to take the match 3 and 2.
He’ll meet Arborg’s Ken Stadnek, the 1997 Tamarack men’s champion, in today’s final. This year’s medallist took advantage of a bad day by Onanole’s Keith Fawcett to beat him 4 and 3.
“I didn’t deserve to win today,” said Fawcett, who fell in the senior men’s semifinals last year. “This was by far the worst I’ve played all week and the further you go, the better you have to play to stay in it. Ken was a lot steadier today and he deserved to win.”
Clement is looking forward to teeing off today but knows he’ll have to be at his best to win the inaugural champion men’s title.
“If I’m not par or under par, Kenny’s going to beat me,” he said. “He hardly misses a shot and he hardly misses a fairway. It will be tough.”
Meanwhile, two-time defending junior women’s champion Bobbi Uhl of Erickson will go for a three-peat today at 11:48 a.m., when she takes on Brandon’s Haylee Shanks. Uhl beat Brandon’s Tianna Slate 8 and 6 in her semifinal on Friday, while Shanks beat Hallie Burke of Rocanville, Sask., 4 and 2.
Brandon’s Colton Willms will battle three-time champion Steve Young of La Salle in today’s junior men’s final that tees off at 12:06.
SENIOR MEN: Hamiota’s Clay Wyborn will meet Onanole’s Cliff Lenz in today’s championship final at 12:15 p.m. Wyborn beat Brandonite Terry English 4 and 3 Friday and Lenz defeated Brandon’s Scott Lancaster by the same score.
CHIP SHOTS: The Tamarack awarded $750 scholarships to Brandon’s Jamie Campbell, who will join the Brandon University Bobcats women’s volleyball team in the fall, Manitou’s Brandi Clayton and Steve Young. Clayton will also attend BU next year, while Young will go to the University of Manitoba Bisons and play for its golf team. The scholarship is available to any student in post-secondary education, and the money comes from the committee and is matched by Dan Burneski and Guy Bieber.