This year’s Desjardins Financial Tour Championship is expected to be the most competitive final event ever.
Of the 15 point leaders, 13 will compete in the two-round championship, which runs Saturday and Sunday at the Minnedosa Golf and Country Club, and almost any of them could end up on top when the final round is completed.
Point values increase fivefold for this weekend, with the winner getting 250 and second place receiving 160.
The top six in the standings — Tyler Turner, Travis Fifi, Dean Oakden, Rob Hall, Dale Coulter and David Glenn — are all within 81 points of each other, which means if any of them win the tournament this weekend, they will be the overall Westman amateur golf tour champion.
“This is probably going to be the most competitive tour championship we’ve ever had with the number of players that are playing and the quality of players that are playing,” said Oakden, the tour organizer. “… You have all the top players in Westman. Dale Coulter is going to play this weekend and we have the defending champion in Mark (Tokle) and Rob Hall’s going to tee it up and Nolan Tutkaluk.
“There are a lot of really good players who have a good chance to win.”
Tokle sits 91 points off the lead and would need some help to win the tour championship, as would everyone else below him in the standings.
Not only are so many golfers sitting in a good position to win the grand prize — a $500 flight voucher and five nights accommodation at the SeaWatch Resort at Myrtle Beach, a package valued at $1,000 — but a lot of them are playing well coming into the weekend.
Coulter won the Westman Invitational at Shilo on Sunday, while Fifi has posted a top-three finish in four of the last five Desjardins events. Turner has also played well recently and has been on top of the point standings since the beginning of August. Meanwhile, Hall posted one of his career highlights at Minnedosa, winning the provincial men’s rural amateur there in 2009.
Oakden believes it will be a fight to the finish for the tour’s crown, and he can’t wait to see how it all pans out in the end.
“I think with all the good players who are playing this weekend, and you have a good forecast, I think a couple rounds of 72 is what someone is going to have to shoot if they want to hold the trophy up in the end,” he said.
“It will be interesting this weekend,” he continued. “It will probably come right down to the last hole before anybody knows who’s going to win.”
CHIP SHOTS: Minnedosa will host a cross-country golf tournament on Sept. 28. To register, contact the club at 204-867-3151.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 19, 2013