Hnatiuk in a groove

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

Call it another step in the right direction.

Selkirk's Glen Hnatiuk rebounded with a final round 70 on Sunday for a total of 290 at the Nationwide Tour's Lasalle Bank Open at Glenview, Ill.

Hnatiuk opened with a 67, then shot 75 in the second round to make the cut.

In the third round, Hnatiuk slipped to a 78 before recovering on Sunday for a payday of $4,125.

Hnatiuk currently sits 54th on the Nationwide Tour money list with $38,721 through 10 events.

Next month Hnatiuk will be back in his home province for the Investors Group Glen Hnatiuk Open Golf Tournament, slated for July 6 at the Selkirk Golf and Country Club.

To register for the event, call 204-926-8351 or visit Sport Manitoba's official website at http://www.sportmanitoba.ca/events/golftourn.php.

Proceeds from the event go to KidSport Manitoba, with a portion going to Golf Manitoba to help establish a scholarship for golfers to advance their education at a post-secondary institution.

BACK ON TRACK: The Canadian Tour returns to play this week with the Greater Vancouver Charity Classic.

It is the first of three consecutive weeks of play for the Canadian Tour, which is back in Winnipeg for the MTS Classic from July 13 to 16.

The big news is that star Canadian amateur James Lepp will be competing as a professional for the first time this weekend.

Lepp, who hails from Abbotsford, B.C. and played at the University of Washington, became the first Canadian to win the NCAA championship (in 2005).

He also won the 2003 Greater Vancouver Classic by five strokes when he was still an amateur.

NORTH WINS: Dean North of Selkirk took the top prize of $1,000 after shooting 66 at the Manitoba PGA event, the TaylorMade Professional Series #1, held at South Interlake Golf Club in Warren on Friday.

Rob Doucette of Southside shot 67 to place second, while Emerson Mahoney of Niakwa carded a 70 to finish third.


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