Collings destroyed the competition

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

This is one hat trick Garth Collings won't be forgetting anytime soon.

Collings, who plays out of Breezy Bend, simply blew away the competition to capture his third consecutive Saskatchewan Mid-Amateur Championship on the weekend.

Collings put together four consecutive rounds in the 60s on the 6,432-yard, par 72 Meadow Lake Golf & Country Club to earn a 14-stroke victory over Colin Coben of Delisle, Sask.

HAD TO RALLY

In his two previous wins in Saskatchewan, Collings had to rally late so it was a nice change to win going away this time.

"I tried to get to the point where nobody could catch me," said Collings, who shot 66-69-69-67 for a 17-under total of 271. "It's just like Tiger (Woods) says, if you're making pars and birdies, somebody is going to have to shoot really well to get ahead of you. I kept the ball in play and I might have had one three-putt the whole week. The sun was shining so the ball does roll, believe it or not. I hit the ball well."

Since there was no one really within striking distance heading into the final round, Collings had to put some pressure on himself to maintain his high level of play.

"I wasn't worried, but I wanted to make sure I had a solid round in the last round," he said. "I hit 16 greens (in regulation) and got up and down on the other two. I didn't have any bogeys, which was a good thing."

Although Collings was unable to take part in the MTS Classic, he certainly didn't miss having to endure the slow pace of play that saw some players needing five and six hours to complete their rounds.

In less than two weeks time, Collings will take aim at the Manitoba Men's Amateur Championship, to be played at Larters at St. Andrews, Bridges and Links at the Lake.

"I have been playing well and I'm looking forward to it," said Collings. "I haven't played Bridges enough to really know the trouble spots, but if you keep it in play there, you should be fine.

"With Larters, I don't mind playing there and Links at the Lake is fine too. Hopefully, things aren't too wet and there aren't too many bugs."


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