Austin Dobrescu wins Woodlawn's Frametech Classic for the first time

Austin Dobrescu’s return to the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course was a triumphant one.

Dobrescu, a former Estevan resident who moved to Brandon, Man., with his family in 2013, won the men’s event of the Frametech Classic at Woodlawn during the August long weekend.

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He shot a 5-over-par 77 during the final round on Monday, and finished the tournament with a 7-under-par total of 209 (63-69-77). Estevan’s Jayden Dudas was two strokes back at 211, followed by Carson Harcourt (212) and Drew Jones (214).

It was the end of a remarkable weekend for Dobrescu. He tied the course record with his 63 in the first round, and won the Dave Price Memorial Horse Race on Sunday that featured the 12 golfers in the event’s championship flight.

He noted that this weekend was the first time he had played at Woodlawn since moving to Brandon, which meant it was the first time he had played the back nine since the rebuild of the back nine was completed in 2013.

And it felt great to be back at the course where he learned the game and where he played in junior tournaments.

The other flight winners for the men’s event were: Kade Johnson, first flight, 218; Ryan Stovin, second flight, 227; Parnell Pidhorny, third flight, 235; Darien Herlick, fourth flight, 250; and David Buttner, fifth flight, 251.

Mike Ross won the senior men’s championship flight with a three-round total of 219 (68-72-79), which was two strokes better than Weyburn’s Rick Hallberg. Paul Grimes of Kenosee Lake was third at 229.

Senior men’s flight winners were Bill Martyn in the first flight at 242 and Bruce Firth in the second flight at 266.

Bernadette Wright won the women’s championship this year. It was a two-round tournament that ended Sunday. She shot an 82 in the first round and an 84 in the second.

Nearly 120 golfers competed in this year’s tournament between the men’s, senior men’s and women’s events.

This week’s edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.

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