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WASAGAMING — Westman’s only hope for winning a junior boys title at the 79th Tamarack comes down to Chater’s Tyson Cloet.
Cloet came back from a five-hole deficit after six to beat Brandon’s Drew Jones 1 up on Tuesday at Clear Lake Golf Course.
While Cloet pulled out the victory, Jones felt he handed him a spot in the semifinals. Jones missed a 10-inch putt on their seventh hole of the day and followed that up by three-putting the next six holes and lost his lead.
Jones knew he had a chance to win, and was disappointed he couldn’t hang on.
"It’s definitely disappointing considering I knew I did not play near to my capabilities," he said. "I got in a spell where I had six three-putts in a row, which you really can’t do. I was hitting greens, but I was three-putting and he was making pars."
Neither of the other two Brandonites fared better than Jones, although Austin Dobrescu and Tyler Turner were happy with their rounds. Turner fell 3 and 2 to North Dakota’s Nick Myhre, who shot a 70 in the qualifying round. Dobrescu lost 2 and 1 to Starbuck’s Jason Klassen.
"I played pretty solid and I was playing a kid who was a little older than me," Dobrescu said. "I shot a little better than I did yesterday, so it wasn’t a big loss.
"I had some good approaches, but I just didn’t make any putts," Turner said. "… I was satisfied with how I played. I just ran into another good player who just outplayed me."
Carberry’s Joel Baron fell 7 and 5 to La Salle’s Steven Young, the defending champion and top seed.
The tournament isn’t over for those four Westman juniors as they drop into the consolation side of the draw, where Dobrescu will play Baron and Jones will take on Turner. All four will play together on Thursday, and Jones thinks it will be a lot of fun.
"I guess it’s pretty sweet," he said. "We all know each other. It should almost be like a Westman Junior Tour from that aspect."
Cloet will play Myhre in a semifinal on Thursday.
Calgary’s Jack McDiarmid dropped out of the eight-day tournament late Monday night with a back injury. As a result, Brandon’s Greg Clemmenson advanced to the first flight quarter-final without playing on Tuesday. Winnipeg’s Mark Olson will benefit from the withdrawal on Thursday as he earns a bye into Friday’s consolation semifinal.
Half of the golfers had a celebrity introducing them at their first tee on Tuesday.
Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer was on the microphone, taking a casual approach to the tournament instead facing stress as a competitor.
"It’s great to come up here and talk to people you haven’t seen in a while," he said.