A beast was lurking on the back nine of the Breezy Bend Country Club in Headingley on Monday, and Dean Cairns could not escape its fangs unscathed.
The Portage la Prairie golfer had two double bogeys and three bogeys during a six-hole stretch which ended up leaving him with a 78 to put him in a tie for 26th place after the first round of the Manitoba men’s mid-amateur championship at 6-over.
Cairns, the only Portager in the field of 102 starters, is nine shots back of tournament leader Peter More from Winnipeg’s Elmhurst Golf and Country Club. More notched six birdies to balance out three bogeys in his round of 69 to come in at 3-under, two shots up on Matlock’s Garth Collings, who calls Breezy Bend his home course.
Cairns began his day with a bogey on the first hole and a birdie on the second, then strung together nine consecutive pars to reach the turn in 36 and appeared ready to continue his consistent play throughout the back nine.