Confidence continues

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Confidence can be a fickle thing when it comes to golf, so when it's on your side, sometimes you simply have to ride the wave.

Tyler Mancini, fresh off his success of making the cut and finishing as the low amateur in the MTS Classic at his home course last week, fired a 5-under 66 yesterday at Transcona Golf Club to take the first-round lead at the Manitoba Men's Amateur.

"The confidence is just cruising -- I'm just doing the same things I've been doing. Staying happy and staying positive," said Mancini, who made birdie on his first two holes to get off to a hot start. "I played steady today and made only one bogey. I putted well but burned a lot of edges, so I could have been a few more (shots lower)."

Although he didn't have much down time between the conclusion of the MTS Classic on Sunday to yesterday's start to the amateur, Mancini still felt fresh.

"I just took it easy (Monday), went out and hit a few shots and worked on a couple of things to get out of the system," said Mancini. "I kept the momentum going and tried not to have any expectations and just go out and play. It's another tournament. I don't want to get ahead of myself or think about what these other guys are doing. I'll play my own game and I should be fine."

Ben Bandura of Selkirk sits second after shooting 67, while Brad DePape of Breezy Bend is third after carding a 68.

"Nothing really got away from me, which is nice," said DePape, who also played in the Canadian Tour stop but missed the cut. "When I played the MTS Classic, I must have hit four or five drives that cost me about eight strokes. It was a totally different story today."

Playing in the MTS Classic for a third time was another worthwhile experience for DePape.

"You need to be mentally prepared, knowing what you want to do out on the golf course before you get there," said DePape. "It's helped me become a bit more of a smarter golfer, which is something I've been trying to do for five years now. I've got such a competitive fire that makes me want to explode now and then with emotion. I've got to keep that in check."

Matt Johnston of St. Charles is alone in fourth at 69, while Mike Tibbs of Pine Ridge and Dave Michaleski of Larters at St. Andrews are tied for fifth at even-par 70.

Brian Kornelsen of Pine Ridge, Brad Kirton of Elmhurst, Shawn Baker of Southwood, Mark Starodub of Pine Ridge, Thomas Holmes of Southwood and Mark Tokle of Pine Ridge are tied for seventh (71).

The group at 2-over 72 includes Stewart Bannatyne of St. Charles, Garth Collings of Breezy Bend, Neal McDonald of Glendale, Curtis Carriere of St. Boniface and Ryan Thomas of Pine Ridge.

"It could have been better," said Collings, who struggled with his putting. "But at least I didn't do what I normally do, which is shoot about 77 and then force myself to scramble the rest of the week."

Round 2 continues today at Transcona, before the final 36 holes shift to St. Charles Country Club.


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