Brown keeps crown

Ladies Northern Golf Tournament Seniors Champion Ann Kirkland (left) and overall tournament champion Kim Brown (right) pose for a photo at Cooke Municipal Golf Course on Sunday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

Saskatoon’s Kim Brown seems to have discovered all the ins and outs of the Cooke Municipal Golf Course.

Brown took home the Ladies Northern Golf Tournament championship for the third year in a row on Sunday with a sizzling two-day combined score of 152.

Despite running away from the field for another win, Brown denied there was some secret to her success.

“I wish (an intense training routine) was something that I could say I do,” she chuckled following Sunday’s trophy presentation. “I don’t know. I think it’s just the first tournament of the year and I’m always looking forward to getting out and playing. When you haven’t been out on the golf course you just want to go out and have fun and I think that helps you play your best.”

Brown’s hot start meant there was little drama at this year’s championship. She opened with a blistering score of 74 on Saturday, and followed up with a 78 the next day. Only one other golfer managed to shoot a round under 80 during the tournament.

“Driving is usually my strength. That’s my most consistent area, but I putted well this weekend and I think that really made the difference,” Brown said.

Although she lives in Saskatoon now, Brown originally hails from Prince Albert, so she’s familiar with the course. She only plays two major tournaments a year, and the familiar Prince Albert setting is one of the things that keeps her coming back.

Although she finished with a comfortable lead, second place proved to be a much closer race. Anna Thompson and Pauline McDougall ended up tied for the honours with a two-round score of 166. Ann Kirkland took home the Senior Ladies Championship, also with a two-round score of 166.

There was another tie for top spot in the first flight, with Dianna Sutton and Andrea Ring shooting identical scores of 175. Maureen Bowerman was the clear winner in the second flight with a score of 180. Donna Morin won the third flight with a score of 191, while Joyce Bowers won the fourth flight and Sandra Isbister won the fifth flight with a score of 220.