Selander cruises to Cooke men’s club championship

Lucas Punkari/Daily Herald Cory Selander blasts a shot out of the bunker on the 16th hole at the Cooke Municipal Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.

Hanchur, McDougall and Segin also win titles

It’s been an odd season for Cory Selander in terms of competitive golf tournaments.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019 Men’s Northern champion was unable to take part in a major event until the start of August, when he reached the quarter-final round of the annual match play tournament at the Cooke Municipal Golf Course.

His second tournament of the year proved to be a very successful one as he shot three-over par over the course of two rounds to capture the men’s title at Cooke’s club championship on Sunday.

“It’s been a weird summer for everyone so it’s been great to have the chance to get out, play some competitive golf and have some fun,” Selander said.

“We also got pretty lucky today (Sunday) with the weather. We did have to bundle up a bit for the first round on Saturday, but it turned out to be a really nice day for the middle of September for the final round.”

After taking a one-stroke lead over Martin Ring and Dave Patola with a round of 72 on Saturday, Selander kept up his strong play with a round of 73 on Sunday to finish 11 strokes ahead of Ring.

“I thought I played really well and I didn’t have very many complaints with my game,” Selander said. “The greens were sped up a little bit this weekend and the pins were really tough, but I was able to make some good putts early on Saturday and I think that propelled me for the rest of the weekend.

“I think the putting was the difference on Sunday. Some of the other guys struggled with the pace of the greens early, but I was able to make some good par putts to keep myself in it. I did have some trouble on the 17th hole (when his tee shot went flying into the bushes), but thankfully I had some leeway by then.”

Selander was one of four champions that were crowned during the two-day event.

Rene Hanchur won a close battle in the senior men’s championship flight, as he edged out Ron Stewart by one shot and Leo McDougall by four strokes.

Pauline McDougall took home the women’s title by 12 strokes over Arlene Segin, who captured the women’s senior title.

Other flight winners were Andrea Ring (women’s first flight), Tom Ross (senior men’s first flight), Bruce Ede (men’s first flight), Noah Parent (men’s second flight) and Rick Genest (men’s third flight).

The next big event at Cooke Municipal Golf Course will be this weekend as members of the course will face members from The Legends Golf Club in Warman for a Ryder Cup style tournament.

“They beat us last year so we’re definitely looking for some revenge next weekend,” Selander said.