Nolan Tutkaluk felt lucky to still be in contention after the opening round of the Wheat City Roofing Westman Invitational at the Shilo Country Club on Saturday.
The Brandonite didn’t feel he had his putter working despite shooting a 76 and sitting in second place, four shots back of Gord Paziuk, after the first round. Tutkaluk felt he got his game together for the second day of the 36-hole event and shot a 73, which gave him the title by two strokes over Paziuk.
“Today I actually made a few putts,” he said. “I struggled on the greens yesterday and survived somehow putting a number on the card yesterday. Today I just hit the ball a lot better and made a few putts. It added up to three shots better.”
The win launches Tutkaluk to the top of the MGI Wealth Tour’s leaderboard standings heading into Saturday’s and Sunday’s Tour Championship at the Killarney Lakeside Golf Club. However, Tutkaluk won’t enter the event due to a prior commitment and he’s OK with that as it means he’s wrapping up his season on top.
“It’s nice (to win the Westman Invitational) because it’s going to be my last tournament of the year,” he said. “It basically means I’m going into the off-season on a good note and on a high. It wraps up what’s been a really good year for me.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 17, 2012