Pins keep Collings in check

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:14 AM ET

This time, Garth Collings has a little company at the top.

Collings, the accomplished Breezy Bend amateur, didn't blow away the field the way he did a year ago after carding a sizzling 10-under 62 in the opening round of the Manitoba Mid-Amateur Championship but he does hold a share of the lead.

Collings and Brian Katchnoski of Elmhurst shot 3-over 74 in the opening round of 54 holes to be played at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.

"It was tough out there, the pins were tough," said Collings, who felt 15 of the 18 pins were in tough spots. "But it was the same for everybody. It's Elmhurst too. You can't fall asleep on any holes or you're looking at bogey or double. It's a good thing it wasn't windy. It feels like you're working your butt off to get a par. I think the course is fair, but when you get on the greens you have to know what you're doing."

Brent Armstrong of St. Charles, Tom Humniski of Elmhurst, Kelvin Loeb of Elmhurst and Barry Coffin of Selkirk are tied for third at 75, while Mike Walker of St. Boniface, Dave Komora of Transcona, Gary Kullman of Elmhurst and Wayne Jackson of Elmhurst sit two shots off the pace at 76.

STRONG SHOWING: Manitoba had some strong finishes at the CN Future Links Western Championship held at Broadmoor Golf Course in Sherwood Park, Alta.

In the junior boys event, Kevin Giesbrecht of Carman was sixth, shooting 77-72-71 for a 54-hole total of 220, which left him just nine strokes behind winner Seon Kim of Surrey, B.C.

Riley Unger of Plum Coulee tied for 15th spot after his three-day total of 227 (74-77-76), Adrian Kibsey of Winnipeg tied for 37th (79-81-75-235) and Lucas Wazney of Dugald was 39th (80-76-80-236).

The boys' total of 677 gave Manitoba a two-shot victory over Alberta in the team competition.

In the junior girls event, Chelsea Hummelt of East Selkirk was 18th (94-101-91-286), while Kayla Ketcheson of St. Andrews was 19th (102-101-101-304).

Manitoba was fourth in the junior girls team event.

BACK TO WORK: Selkirk's Glen Hnatiuk had a heartbreaking finish to his second round and missed the cut at the Price Cutter charity Championship by three shots.

Hnatiuk made birdie on the 16th hole on Friday to get to 4 under for the day and 6 under for the tournament before making bogey on 17 and carding a double bogey on the final hole at Highland Springs Country Club.

Hnatiuk sits 54th on the Nationwide Tour money list with $50,639 heading into this weekend's Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan.

ONE MORE WEEK: The Canadian Tour has another week off before resuming with the Casino de Montreal Open for The PLAYERS Championship.

One of the highlights of the event will be an appearance by PGA Tour long-bomber John Daly, who will compete in Monday's Celebrity Classic Pro-Am and Tuesday's 18-hole exhibition golf match.

There was some speculation Daly was hoping to compete in the tournament as well, but that did not come to fruition.

After the MTS Classic, Rob Oppenheim continues to lead the Rolex Money Leaders with $57,043.

Rob McMillan of Pine Ridge sits in 50th spot with $6,265, Adam Speirs is 59th with $5,349 and Glenn Collins of Winnipeg is 139th with $882 through nine events.


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