Mother Nature no match as young golfers make splash

They battled fierce winds and splashed around the fairways but Manitoba’s golfers of tomorrow still managed to prove they can perform in adverse conditions.

Rossmere’s Dakota Meyer scored a 6-over par 78 at the Teulon Golf and Country Club to win Golf Manitoba’s provincial junior bantam championship Sunday.

“The course was full of water and it was really windy, too,” Meyer said yesterday. “It was pretty tough and you really had to take the wind into consideration. I was soaked afterwards.”

But it was a happy soak after Meyer won his first tournament in three tries.

“It was good and lots of fun,” said Meyer, 14. “That tied my best score ever.”

The two-round tournament had actually been reduced to 18 holes because of the inclement weather.

“That wasn’t ideal but at least we got it in,” said Golf Manitoba executive director Dave Comaskey.

Meyer has been golfing “since he learned how to walk,” related his mother, Tammy. His grandfather, Jim Meyer, has worked as a golf pro at both Hecla Island and Gilbert Plains.

Southwood’s Winnie Hyun scored a 20-over 92 to win the junior bantam women’s side, which was also her first tournament victory.

“Oh, it was good but I want to do so much better next time because my score wasn’t so good,” said Hyun, 14. “It was too much wind and it was wet. I didn’t like it.”

Hyun, who moved here from Seoul eight months ago, said 82 was her best score in tournament play. Although she swung her first club in Korea, Hyun has started to get serious about the game. That only makes sense because her father teaches and coaches golf here.

Teulon’s Darren Kelpin was the boys runner-up in the junior bantam group at 8-over 80.

Sam Diamond of St. Charles turned in a 29-over 101 to win the boys 12-and-under category.

“I was happy to win but I wasn’t that happy with how I played in the tough conditions,” said Diamond, 10. “It was pretty tough. It was really wet and windy.”

Diamond, who also won his first tournament, said he usually scores around 85. He will compete in a junior inter-club championship against Southwood today.

ON HOLD: While the junior bantams were reduced to one round, the women’s city and district championship in Carman was postponed outright. Golf Manitoba is hoping to re-schedule at Carman come August.

“I’d really hate to cancel the event for the year because there is a lot of history connected to it,” Comaskey said.

GOLFING BACK TO SASKATOON: Golf Manitoba will be keeping a close eye on the CN Prairie Links event in Saskatoon this weekend as 16 junior boys and two junior girls will be competing there. Should any of the boys finish in the top six, Manitoba will get any extra spot in the national junior championship beyond the four now allotted. One of the girls, however, would have to win it outright to get an added spot due to the fact there are fewer girls involved.

DIVOTS: The Manitoba PGA’s Calloway Open will be held at Kingswood this Friday … The Manitoba PGA Assistants Tournament will be played at Clear Lake next Monday … Today is the deadline for entries into the Manitoba senior women’s amateur and junior championships. Contact Golf Manitoba.

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