Jared Jacobson finally has a Grey Owl trophy to go along with all his other Clear Lake hardware.
Jacobson shot rounds of 69 and 74 at the Clear Lake Golf Course on the weekend for a 1-under-par total of 143 and a one-stroke victory over fellow Brandonite Rob Hall.
It was the first Grey Owl title for Jacobson, who has won the men’s division of the Tamarack match play tournament four times at Clear Lake.
"I’ve always wanted to win the Grey Owl," said Jacobson, who has knocked on the door before, losing to Dauphin’s Ryan Horn in a five-man playoff in 2001.
"It was nice to have that opportunity and it was nice to put two good scores together back-to-back, so it was great."
Jacobson, a Clear Lake member, gave the course’s "mint" condition part of the credit for his breakthrough, with the greens keeping putts true to their line.
He got the heavy lifting out of the way before the bulk of the championship flight wrapped up on Sunday, playing his rounds on Friday and Saturday.
After going 3-under in his first 18, he said the plan was to stay steady on Saturday and put up a score that the rest of the field would have to chase.
"I mean obviously I’d like to play as good as possible, but I was hoping to shoot right around par," he said. "And other than my one whoops — I had a double-bogey on nine — the rest of the round was pretty solid."
Jacobson didn’t leave himself much breathing room. He went out to watch on Sunday and saw Shilo member shoot 1-over 73 for an even-par total of 144, sending Jacobson scurrying for his clubs in case a playoff was needed.
"I actually went and grabbed them at the cabin after they were on about 15 to be safe because it close, but they didn’t have to come out of the truck," Jacobson said.
"(Hall) just didn’t make his birdie on 18. He played good, though."
Nine-time champion Garth Collings of the Breezy Bend finished third, closing with a 77 for a total of 3-over 147. Russell’s Jay Thiesen, the 2012 winner, finished at 148 after a closing 148.
FREE DROPS: Defending champion Jarod Crane shot himself out of the picture with an 80 in the first round, but closed with a 73 to finish second in the first flight at 153 … Ken Mould of St. Charles shot rounds of 74 and 75 to win his third straight Greyer Owls senior title, while Stephen Ripley of MyToba.ca won the media category with scores of 83 and 85 … Clear Lake member Josh Zaporzan aced the 112-yard third hole on Saturday with a pitching wedge.