Red-hot Rick Hallberg went wire to wire at the Frametech Classic, getting an eagle on the final hole at TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course of the 54 hole tournament Monday to seal the deal in the championship flight.
Hallberg’s rounds of 65-74-69-208 gave him a four-stroke victory over runners up Daryl Donovan (71-69-72-212) and Carson Harcourt (71-69-72-212).
The final hole eagle put the bow on the championship but it wasn’t really what he’d been looking for to end his day.
“I was just trying to chip it close and make a birdie,” he said. “I think I had a two stroke lead going into the last hole and if I made birdie it’d be pretty tough to catch.”
Earlier in the weekend, Hallberg had claimed the Dave Price Memorial Horse Race, but Hallberg is an old favourite at the course. He won this event in 2006, 2001, 1999 and 1998. Hallberg had won the senior’s championship in Kenosee the previous weekend.
“I always enjoy coming to this tournament,” Hallberg said. “There’s a lot of good guys, good golfers and the course is in such great shape. Bob (Currie) and his crew do such a great job. Amanda (Minchin) downstairs does such a great job and the food service, with Tracey (Tuchscherer) does such a great job. It’s just a fun place to come to.”
Hallberg had little concern for the conditions at the course, except for the rain delayed horse race.
“I was just trying to play solid golf,” he said. “There was such a good field down here and in the championship there were 12 guys in there and anyone could win it. They’re all really good players. I guess it was my weekend. Another weekend, somebody else probably wins.”
Two people had been talking about playing with Hallberg over the weekend, comparing him like a machine when it came to putting.
“I putted really well all weekend but the greens are so smooth and so good, you take a look, get a good read and all you have to do is hit it,” he said. “They’re going to go.”
He’ll be travelling to Saskatoon Riverside next weekend for their team champonships next weekend.
In all, there were seven flights for the men’s tourmament, three flights for seniors and one for the two-day women’s portion of the event. Pat Murphy won the senior’s event (79-73-72-224) and Lorie Boyle won the women’s title (79-82-161).
Other flight winners were: seniors’ first flight Brent Peacock (85-81-78-244), seniors’ second flight Francis Shorthouse (97-86-81-264), men’s first flight Brock Simpson (77-72-72-221), men’s second flight Mark Frietag (81-78-72-231), men’s third flight Marc Henderson (83-75-74-232), Men’s fourth flight Chase Gedak (scores unavailable), men’s fifth flight Ryan Larter (90-80-82-262) and men’s sixth flight Lorne Tyslandsvik (95-78-83-256).