July 15, 2012
No return for McMillan
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Rob McMillan showed he still has some game, but was quick to announce a return to tournament golf was not in his future.
"Absolutely not," said McMillan, the Pine Ridge member and former Canadian Tour regular who now works as a sales rep for Acushnet Canada. "It's always a fun event to play and if I feel I can still get it around, I'll probably play as long as I can play."
McMillan was 1-over on Sunday to finish the event tied for 34th at even-par 284 (71-69-72-72).
"Tee to green I was pretty good, but my short game was rusty, which is to be expected," said McMillan, the last Manitoban to capture the Canadian Tour's Manitoba stop back in 1996 when it was the Manitoba Open and he was still an amateur. "I gave myself a ton of chances every day. It's hard to remember to cut yourself a little bit of slack."
Tyler Mancini of Pine Ridge tied for 43rd at 287 (68-71-76-72), giving him two made cuts in five events this season.
"It's always nice to make the cut at home," said Mancini. "I would have liked to play better on the weekend. As I'm getting more mature on tour and getting more comfortable, I'm expecting more out of myself.
"This is my best season as a professional and there's a lot of season left. My main goal is to make enough money to keep the card for next year. I'm heading on the right track."
Josh Wytinck was the third Manitoban in the field and came away as the top amateur, finishing 62nd at 293 (71-71-72-80).
He has played in the event the last two years and felt it was another positive experience.
"I want to play on the Canadian Tour eventually," said Wytinck, who will be one of the favourites when the Manitoba Amateur is played in two weeks. "It's nice to know that I'm still young (20) and I've already made a cut. I can play with these guys, but I know I can improve. My swing needs to be a little more consistent, that hurt me a bit the past two days. But I feel pretty good about my game and will be confident for the rest of the year."