Cruise home for St. B pro

SCOTT UNGER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Oh, the joy of playing at home.

St. Boniface head pro Geoff Kehler threw his hands in the air with the final putt after cruising to a two-shot win on his home course over Selkirk's Dean North yesterday at the Titleist/Footjoy Manitoba PGA Championship.

Both Kehler and North fired a one-under-par 71 yesterday during the third and final round.

"We had a lot of fun today, the three us," Kehler said after signing his winning card. He and North were joined in the final group by Glen Mills, who finished in third place three-shots back of Kehler.

Kehler pulled away from North and Mills in the dying stages of the back nine.

"15 helped when they both made bogey and I made birdie," said Kehler, who picked up a cool $3,000 for the win.

Kehler cut the corner with his tee shot on the 15th hole and made a textbook approach for the birdie, while Mills found the sand with his second shot and North three-putted.

North tried to fight back on the 17th hole when he missed an eagle putt on the par-5 by an inch.

LEAD TOO MUCH TO OVERCOME

"I helped by making bogey," Kehler admitted of his poor play on the 17th hole.

But his lead was too much for anyone to overcome

It was Kehler's round of 5-under-par 67 in the second round on Tuesday that allowed him to coast in for the win.

"I made a lot of putts," Kehler said. "I just played steady and didn't get in my own way I guess."

This event is the pinnacle for Manitoba golf pros each summer.

"Other than the MTS (Classic) which most of us can't play in, this is our biggest one," Kehler explained.

North grabbed $2,000 for his second place finish, while Mills took home a cheque for $1,400 in third place.

North led the MPGA Player of the Year standings with 36 points heading into this event and Kehler should move up from this 12th place stop with the win.

The tour's next stop is the Great West Life Invitational at the St. Charles Golf Club on Aug. 14.


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