Bieber wins in walk

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

Stacey Bieber can cross another important item off her to-do list.

Bieber, the 20-year-old who plays out of St. Charles, shot 73 at Bel Acres Golf & Country Club yesterday for a two-day total of 142 to claim her first Manitoba Women's Amateur Championship by seven strokes.

"It's awesome, I finally did it," said Bieber, who recently completed her sophomore season at Texas Christian University. "I've always wanted to do it, so I can cross it off my list. I'm happy. Winning any tournament is good, but this is at the next level. I have a bunch of goals and this is one of them."

Bieber, who shot a tidy 69 in the opening round, made a bogey on the final hole but was never in danger of giving up the lead.

'GOT A LITTLE NERVOUS'

"I got a little nervous and it showed in some of my shots," said Bieber. "But it was OK. I made some birdies to come back after my stupid mistakes. I felt more confident at the end and that's where I normally get nervous. I've been here before and I knew how to control my thoughts a little bit more."

Angela Daykin of Strathcona finished second (75-74-149), while Jamie Jones of Southwood and Judi Lidstone of Elmhurst tied for third at 10-over 156.

Bieber, Daykin, Jones and Lidstone will represent Manitoba at the National Women's Amateur Championship in Squamish, B.C. from Aug. 8 to 12.

"I'm excited, my game has improved a lot since last year," said Bieber. "I think I have a chance at winning it."

Jo-Ann Lindsay, a former St. Charles member who now plays out of Interlachen Country Club in Minnesota, won the Senior Women's Amateur title yesterday after shooting 78 to give her a 36-hole total of 153.

Lindsay, who will turn 65 in November, was coming in for her niece Karen Percy's wedding so she figured she may as well tee it up while she was here.

"I come mostly to see old friends," said Lindsay, who will be inducted into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in September. "Winning doesn't get old, but I'm getting old so it gets to be more fun because you don't expect it. I'm still playing a fair amount but not as much as the last couple of years.

"I have new grand kids and things like that so my priorities have changed but I still fit (golf) in."

Lidstone, Judy Lang of Niakwa, Donna Brownridge of Elmhurst and Karen Saarimaki of Kenogamis will represent Manitoba at the National Senior Championship in DeWinton, Alta. from Aug. 22 to 25.

It is the second time in three years Lidstone will represent Manitoba in both the national amateur and national senior amateur in the same season.


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