The premier amateur golf tournament in the province will be staged at the Links at Quarry Oaks next week as the 27-hole layout will host the Manitoba Men’s Amateur Golf Championship.
Beginning Monday morning with the first tee-offs at 8:00 a.m., the four-day affair runs until Thursday as more than 80 of the top amateur players in the province will be teeing it up in the annual event.
After the first two rounds on Monday and Tuesday, the top 60 players will continue on with the final two rounds Wednesday and Thursday.
Last year Quarry Oaks hosted the first two rounds of the Manitoba Amateur, but according to Golf Manitoba executive director Jared Ladobruk, this is the first time in a number of years that all four rounds will be played at one golf course.
Ladobruk is a native of Steinbach, who cut his teeth in the game at the Steinbach Fly-In Golf Club, eventually getting into the business and was an assistant pro for three years at Quarry Oaks under longtime head professional Robin Henderson, before moving on to St. Charles, the U of M and now Golf Manitoba.
"Ideally," said Ladobruk, "the preference is to hold this championship all at one course and we are very pleased that Quarry Oaks has offered to do that this year. Quarry is a great venue, one of the best in the province, it should be a great week."
One of the advantages that Quarry Oaks has in being able to host a four-day tournament is the fact that they have 27-holes to work with on three separate nines. Ladobruk says that it is often difficult for most golf courses to give up their course for these events because it impacts their members and potential green fees.
Quarry Oaks head professional Darren Hayden said last year they used the Oak and Quarry nines for the tournament and this year they will be using the Desert and Quarry nines.
Hayden said although the golf course was closed on Wednesday due to the inundation of rain in the area this week and standing water on the course, he expected things to be back to normal shortly as they ready for next week’s tournament.
"We won’t be doing anything much different to get the course ready other than to double roll the greens on tournament days, the course is in great shape right now."
There will be at least three players from Quarry Oaks teeing it up in the tourney, including Jon Schroeder, Cole Peters and Jamie Roy.
Next week’s field also includes Troy Kehler from the Steinbach Fly-In Golf Club who turned in a standout performance at the Manitoba Mid-Amateur at Selkirk last week, finishing seventh overall in a strong field of close to 100 golfers.
Kehler subsequently qualified for the Canadian Mid- Amateur Championship in Toronto, but had to decline due to a previous commitment.
The top seven finishers from the Manitoba Amateur at Quarry Oaks will qualify for the Canadian Amateur in Nova Scotia.
Meanwhile, speaking of competitive golf and Quarry Oaks, Ste. Anne’s Kate Gregoire, who plays out of Quarry Oaks, captured the Manitoba Junior Women’s Championship at Elmhurst this week, winning the event by a whopping 13 strokes on rounds of 84-84-80 in the three-day affair.
Gregoire will now represent Manitoba at the Canadian Junior Women’s Golf Championship, being held in Lethbridge, Alta., beginning July 30.