Field set for Manitoba Men's Amateur Championship

KEN WIEBE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

The event is still a couple weeks away, but the field is set for the Manitoba Men's Amateur Championship.

Qualifying wrapped up during the weekend at three sites, John Blumberg Golf Course, La Verendrye and Shilo.

Ryan Blight of Breezy Bend and Tom Humniski of Elmhurst shared medalist honours after carding 2-under 69s at John Blumberg.

Nathan Wazney of Elmhurst and Derek Light of Pinawa tied for third at that site with 1-over 73s.

Adam Markewich of Shilo Golf & Curling used home course to his advantage by firing a 1-under 70 for the lowest score at that site.

Wally Debets of Niakwa was second at 3-over 74.

And at La Verendrye, Burke Wiebe of Southwood was the low man, shooting an even-par 72.

QUALIFYING WRAPPED UP

The 2007 Men's Amateur is slated for July 16 to 19 at Bel Acres Golf Course and Minnewasta Golf Club in Morden, where Matt Johnston of St. Charles will attempt to defend his title.

ON TAP: The Manitoba PGA schedule will hit the midway point of its Callaway Player of the Year events this Friday when the July Open is played at Carman Golf Course.

Dean North of Selkirk won the Spring Kickoff at Quarry Oaks and the June Cup at John Blumberg earlier this season and longtime Canadian Tour player Rob McMillan captured the June Challenge at Links at the Lake in Gimli.

North was three shots back of McMillan to finish second at the June Challenge, which leaves him in top spot of the Callaway Player of the Year standings with $2,900 in earnings.

HNATIUK IN TOWN: Selkirk's Glen Hnatiuk is home for his annual Glen Hnatiuk Open Golf Tournament, which is scheduled for tomorrow at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club.

Hnatiuk, who had planned to spend this year away from touring golf in order to rehab a couple injuries and get mentally refreshed, actually participated in a Nationwide Tour event a couple weeks back.

Hnatiuk shot 71-73 for a two-round total of even-par 144 to miss the cut and finish tied for 69th at the Knoxville Open, played at the Fox Den Country Club.

IN A SLUMP: The Manitoba contingent on the Canadian Tour has hit a bit of a rough patch as the swing through Western Canada continues.

MISSED CUT

Adam Speirs of St. Charles shot 73-69 for a 2-under total of 142 at the ATB Financial Classic in Calgary but missed the cut in his third consecutive Canadian Tour event.

Speirs dropped to 22nd on the Rolex Order of Merit money list with $15,070.

Ryan Horn of Dauphin shot 75-75-150 last week to miss the cut for the fourth consecutive tournament.

Horn has now made four of eight cuts this season and sits 107th on the money list with $1,638.

Both Speirs and Horn are scheduled to be in the field for the Telus Edmonton Open at the Edmonton Country Club this week.

The Manitoba Classic goes the following week at Pine Ridge.


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