WASAGAMING — After struggling with his game on Saturday, Jared Jacobson was on fire on Sunday, and became the men’s medallist at the 81st annual Tamarack golf tournament.
Jacobson believed he was fighting his clubs while posting an even-par 72 on Saturday, but he followed that up with an impressive 69 on Sunday at the Clear Lake Golf Course that could have been even lower. The Brandonite lipped out on five holes, but he was happy to post a two-round total of 141 and the lowest total in the men’s qualifying play.
"Today I just relaxed a little bit more and had a little more sleep than the night before," he said. "It was a little bit better out there and I seemed to be hitting the ball well and was all around the hole today. It could have been a couple lower, but it was a good day.
"I made some nice putts, too. They (and the lip outs) offset each other. I made a nice one on 18 to save my par, so that was good."
Jacobson came into the second round of the men’s qualifying round three strokes back of Greg Clemmensen, who shot a 69 on Saturday. However, Clemmensen double-bogeyed the 17th hole on Sunday and finished with a two-round total of 145.
Jason Thorpe was also ahead of Jacobson with a 70 on Saturday, but a double-bogey on the sixth hole left him with a two-round total of 143.
Those three benefited from good playing conditions as thunderstorms rolled through in the afternoon, causing a pair of delays for the afternoon groups.
Dale Coulter and his group finished the ninth hole and sat in the snack shack during the first delay and played through the pouring rain on the 18th to complete the round. His group dealt with the situation and just played through it.
"Coming back out, the greens are definitely slower and you have to adjust for that," said Coulter, who carded a two-round total of 144 and qualified for the championship flight. "For anybody who’s on the course, it’s the same for everybody. You just roll with it and if you three putt, you three putt and maybe you make a better shot the next hole."
Coulter and Jacobson, who won the Grey Owl in June, are now turning their focus to match play in the championship flight.
It’s a very different game as one bad hole won’t hurt you as badly as in stroke play, and Jacobson has history on his side as well. Every time he has been medallist, he has gone on to win the Tamarack. Jacobson accomplished that feat in the men’s event in 2001, 2006 and 2010. He also did it in the junior ranks in 1996 and 1998.
The four-time Tamarack men’s champion believes the key to earning a fifth title comes down to his confidence level.
"When I’m playing good, I tend to hit the ball good," he said. "If not, then it seems to be the other way. Once you get some confidence and are hitting the ball well on this course, you can make some birdies out there."
Match play for all but two flights in men’s play starts on Tuesday. The bottom two flights go today along with the qualifying rounds for the women’s, junior boys’ and girls’ as well as the senior and champions men’s competitions.
CHIP SHOT: The cut for championship flight was 146. Grant Coulter missed out by countback because of an error by the organizers..