Boyle third at provin­cials

Moose Jaw golfer fin­ishes three shots off lead at se­nior women’s provin­cials

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - SPORTS - RANDY PALMER

I don’t know my dis­tances yet since I’ve only been play­ing with them for four games now… So I was putting my­self on top of the pin place­ments and the greens were so slick and they were dif­fi­cult to putt. I had 39 putts (Thurs­day) with three four-putt greens, so that made it tough to stay in there.”

Boyle was con­sid­er­ing us­ing her old clubs head­ing into the event, but de­cided to work through it with the new.

“I thought ‘just per­se­vere, let’s get it done’,” she said. “It’s not the clubs, it’s the per­son op­er­at­ing them. I just didn’t have real solid dis­tances com­pared to my clubs from be­fore. I’m hit­ting the new ones fur­ther and that put me in a lot of pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tion on a lot of greens. And if you’re land­ing on top of any of those pins in North Bat­tle­ford, you’re dead.”

While Boyle felt there were hand­ful of holes in the ear­lier rounds that ended up as missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, the start of Thurs­day’s round proved to be all but cat­a­strophic. Three bo­geys and two dou­ble bo­geys in the first six holes had Boyle seven-over for the round and seven shots back of Schiller, her­self a for­mer se­nior pro­vin­cial cham­pion.

Still, she was able to right her game from that point on and played the rest of the front nine even be­fore a pair of birdies to open the back sud­denly sprung her back into con­tention.

“I worked at it, right un­til the end,” Boyle said. “I still had chances and there were places I could have picked up a cou­ple more strokes and put her in places where we could have been tied com­ing into the last cou­ple of holes. It didn’t hap­pen, it just wasn’t my year this year, and that’s OK.”

Moose Jaw’s Shel­ley Ruecker fin­ished 10th over­all, card­ing 97 and 84 in the early rounds be­fore clos­ing with a 90 to end up with a 271 to­tal.

In the se­nior men’s cham­pi­onship, mul­ti­ple-time for­mer pro­vin­cial cham­pion Ken Bradley shot pro­gres­sively bet­ter through the week in North Bat­tle­ford but fin­ished 16th over­all af­ter shoot­ing 239 with rounds of 81 and 80 on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day be­fore clos­ing with a 78 on Thurs­day.

Moose Jaw’s Todd Searcy fin­ished in 28th spot and like Bradley im­proved as the week pro­gressed with rounds of 89, 80 and 79 for a 248 to­tal.

Den­nis Delwo had rounds of 83, 84 and 88 for 255 and a 45th place fin­ish.

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