WASAGAMING — It will be a Crane-Fawcett men’s final at the 80th annual Tamarack golf tournament, and it could be a wet one.
Brandon’s Jarod Crane and Onanole’s Kody Fawcett both won their semifinals on Friday at the Clear Lake Golf Course to advance to today’s final, which tees off at 12:51 p.m. Crane dominated the front nine in his semifinal, taking a four-hole lead on Winnipeg’s Tyler Rice, and cruised to a 3 and 2 victory.
Fawcett, meanwhile, was in a tight battle with Russell’s Jay Thiesen, but won back-to-back holes on the 11th and 12th to go 1 up. He wouldn’t give up his lead after that, winning 3 and 2.
Fawcett’s match was stellar with both players shooting well under par, and they kept going blow for blow each hole.
“When you’re both under par like this, the matches are not as tough as they are when you’re both struggling,” said Fawcett, who was 5 under when they shook hands on 16. “You’re just kind of feeding off each other and everyone is feeding off each other. It’s a lot of fun actually. It’s good to make it to the final.”
Today’s final should be a good one as Fawcett is a former NAIA college golfer with Milligan College in Tennessee, while Crane is a former pro who regained his amateur status. Crane also won the Grey Owl, also held at Clear Lake, earlier this year.
The match, however, could be a wet one as the forecast calls for a 60 per cent chance of showers in the afternoon. Regardless of the weather, Fawcett is expecting a good battle.
“If I play like I did today, I should be OK,” he said. “It will be a good match for sure. Crane, I don’t think he missed a shot all day. He’s going to be steady tomorrow and it’s going to be a good match.”
Meanwhile, today’s women’s final will be a rematch of last year. Brandon native Kaitlin Troop never trailed in her semifinal on Friday as she beat Calgary’s Colleen Sinclair 6 and 5. She’ll face Winnipeg’s Sarah Stebeleski, who beat Shari Forsythe-Hohm of Esterhazy, Sask., 4 and 3.
Stebeleski came out on top of last year’s final and Troop is expecting a tough match when they tee off at 12:24 p.m.
“I think it will be a lot of fun,” she said. “I think Sarah wants the rematch. She told me on the last tee box that she’s gunning for a rematch. ... Sarah makes a lot of really good putts and we’re pretty equal off the tee and with our irons. I think it could go either way.”
In the junior girls’ final, Erickson’s Bobbi-Rae Uhl will take on Brandon’s Sydney Stritz. Stritz beat Duncan, B.C.’s Madison Allen 1 up in their semifinal. Uhl had the best qualifying round and received a first-round bye to the semifinals where she beat Brandonite Tianna Slate 4 and 2. Uhl is gunning for her second straight title and is feeling good going into today’s match, which tees off at 12:15 p.m.
“I’m figuring out the back nine and starting to play a bit better,” Uhl said.
The junior men’s final will be played today at 12:33 p.m. Two-time defending champion Steven Young from LaSalle will try to make it a record three-straight as he takes on Brandonite Colton Willms.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 24, 2013