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Horn, Boyechko, Wiebe make grade They're in the field

Locals will be teeing it up at The Players Cup

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Michael Mezei from Lethbridge blasts from a bunker at Players Classic qualifying on Monday at Glendale. Mezei made the grade with a one-over 73.

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Michael Mezei from Lethbridge blasts from a bunker at Players Classic qualifying on Monday at Glendale. Mezei made the grade with a one-over 73. Photo Store

THREE Manitobans made the qualifiers cut and will compete with the pros.

Former pro Ryan Horn of Dauphin and University of Manitoba Bisons golfers Charlie Boyechko and Bobby Wiebe will compete at The Players Cup, July 18-21 at the Pine Ridge Golf Club.

Horn finished at the top of the pack during the Players Cup Monday Qualifier hosted by the Glendale Golf and Country Club. He finished his round with a fine 68, four strokes under par.

"It was the first tournament I played for a couple of years so I felt a little nervous coming into the event today. But I got off to a good start and played quite well," Horn said.

Horn turned pro in 2006, the same year he won the Manitoba junior title. He then took some time off from the game, but decided it was time to get his name back in the mix.

After getting birdies on the 16th and 17th holes, Horn felt pretty good about punching his ticket to Pine Ridge.

"The last two birdies really helped. It freed me up coming home and that was kind of nice," Horn said. "I knew I just had to shoot a decent round... even par. That was my goal. You don't even have to aim for shooting under, but the birdies help."

Boyechko, from Winnipeg, had four birdies and three bogeys to finish with a one-under score of 71. He was glad to qualify, especially on a course that hasn't been so nice to him in the past. Last year, Boyechko was leading during the final round of the Manitoba Amateur but saw it slip away.

"We've had a few events here and I never seem like I do as well as I want to. But today I did good enough and that's a relief," he said. "It all comes with experience. I'm just a better player now than I was before, both technique-wise and mentally."

Wiebe finished with an even-par 72. A run of birdies on the fifth through seventh and the 10th and 11th cancelled out bogeys on holes two, three and 12 in addition to a double bogey on hole 13.

"It feels good. It was a grind out there, especially in the last few and I just tried to get it in as good as I could. It looked like it worked out," Wiebe said. "I was just trying to hit one good shot every time. I had a good picture in my mind of what I wanted to do with each shot. I missed (one shot into) the bunker, but I got it up and down."

kyle.jahns@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 16, 2013 C2

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