Tyler Turner has earned a number of accolades this golf season, and he’s looking to add one more trophy to the case.
The 18-year-old Brandonite started the season by helping the Crocus Plainsmen win their first ever provincial high school golf championship and he followed that up by becoming the Westman Junior Tour’s 16-to-18-year-old champion. Turner went on to become the junior boys’ championship flight consolation winner at the 80th annual Tamarack tournament.
Now, his sights are set on winning the Desjardins Financial Golf Tour. And he’s in good position to do it as the Crocus Plains graduate sits in first place in the standings, holding a 15.5 point lead over Dean Oakden, heading into the first playoff event this Saturday and Sunday at Pleasant Valley.
Turner has won a pair of Desjardins Tour events and finished in a tie for second in two others so far this year, and he’s also accumulated points by travelling a lot this summer.
“Last year I wanted to play in lots of golf tournaments but I kind of got caught up with work, so I tried to go in as much as I could this year,” he said. “It helps that I’ve gone in pretty much all the events to accumulate lots of points and I’ve been firing pretty decent rounds so far.”
Although Turner has built up a solid lead, holding on to it could be a challenge as point values skyrocket starting this weekend. Point values double at Pleasant Valley, triple in the Westman Invitational at Shilo the following weekend and increase five fold for the Tour Championship at Minnedosa from Sept. 21-22.
Turner feels if he’s going to hold on to his advantage, his tee and approach shots will have to stay solid and he’ll need to improve his putting. However, Turner knows any of the top 25 can come back to win the tour. He doesn’t need to look any further for proof than Mark Tokle, who jumped from 22nd place to first during the playoffs last year.
“I was a little surprised that I’m leading at the moment, but it all comes down to the last event and basically whoever can win that,” said Turner, who plays a lot at Pleasant Valley.
“Basically I need to post decent numbers,” he continued. “Probably finish in the top five in the next couple events so I can still have the point lead, then fire a solid round at the last event in Minnedosa and hopefully win the title.”
MID-AM: Chad Facey’s run is over at the Canadian men’s mid-amateur golf championship in Spruce Grove, Alta. Facey shot a 5-over 76 on Wednesday and sat at 13 over par through the first two rounds, but it wasn’t good enough to keep playing. The Hamiota native missed the cut by two strokes.
ROSEBOWL: Kris Jacobsen defeated his brother Grant in the 52nd annual Rosebowl golf tournament match play final at the Neepawa Golf and Country Club on Monday. Scott Davie beat Mike Martin to win the championship flight’s consolation title for the three-day event. Shane Jury won the first flight.
FAMILY GOLF: The Brandon Sun’s father-son and mother-daughter tournaments will take place on Sunday. To register for the father-son, call Shawn at 204-725-1958 or email Glen at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the mother-daughter tourney, email Marlene at email@example.com.
CHIP SHOTS: The Killarney Ladies Golf Club will hold its senior (50+) tournament today ... Neepawa is hosting its women’s fall classic tournament on Saturday. It will be a two-women net par points event … Minnedosa is hosting its Rockin’ the Fields Par 3 tournament on Saturday.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 5, 2013