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