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Bisons to host first national golf tournament

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THE national university golf championship is coming to Winnipeg this summer, the first time the event has landed in Manitoba since it began in 2003.

Twenty men's teams and 12 women's teams will compete at the tournament, which will run out of the Southwood Golf and Country Club from June 2-6.

Southwood is home to the University of Manitoba Bisons golf program, which has been on fire as of late: In 2013, Bisons golfers won four tournaments. The year before, they won five. This is the first time they will host a national event.

The Canadian University/College Championship, which is run by Golf Canada, will kick off on with a practice round. The first championship round of play begins the next day, with 18-stroke play throughout all four rounds. After the third round, the field will be cut down to the 10 lowest male teams, and six lowest female teams. Teams and individuals within 15 shots of the lead will also make the cut.

Last year in Quebec, the Bisons men's golfers finished fifth in the tournament. This year, two-time Manitoba Golfer of the Year Josh Wytinck, 2012 Bison MVP Charlie Boyechko, Bryce Barr and Scott Mazur will participate. The final Bison team member will be selected in spring.

Wild finish gives Wild midget title

IT was a grind, but the Winnipeg Wild won their third straight provincial AAA midget championship on the weekend, clinching a 5-4 victory over the Eastman Selects in double overtime. The Wild leaped out to a 3-1 lead over Eastman in the first period of the Friday night match, but the Selects came roaring back with two unanswered goals in the second frame to tie up the game.

Eastman scored again in the third to take a 4-3 lead, but the Wild notched their fourth marker with just 41 seconds left to play, on a Stephen Kleysen goal. The first overtime solved nothing, but with 5:43 left in the second OT, Dawson Martin notched the game winner, with an assist to Zach Court. Court finished with one goal and two assists, while Selects forward Kirklan Lycar led his team with a goal and an assist.

With the win, the Wild claimed the series 3-1 and now move on to the western regionals, April 3-6, in Prince Albert, Sask.

Triple crown for Manitou teen

MANITOU teen Haley Nakonechny won big at the Manitoba Junior Open badminton tournament last weekend, claiming the coveted "triple crown" award. Nakonechny won first place in the U19 girls singles tournament, the girls doubles (with Helen Cheung) and mixed doubles (with Bryan Liew). In total, 108 players competed in the tournament at the Winnipeg Winter Club.

Kolomaya to represent Manitoba

THISTLE Curling Club skip Jared Kolomaya led his rink to a Manitoba mixed provincial curling championship on Sunday, after defeating Fort Rouge's David Kraichy 6-5 at the Altona Curling Club. The team, which includes 2014 Manitoba Scotties silver medalist Kerri Einarson, her husband Kyle Einarson and Jennifer Clark-Rouire, will wear the bison for Manitoba at the Canadian Mixed Championship in North Bay, Ont., from Nov. 8 to 15.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 25, 2014 D4

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