Local golfer two-under at provincial championship
Leighton Bearchell shot a two-under 69 and sits tied for fourth place after the opening round of the 103rd annual Saskatchewan Amateur Men's Golf Championship in Prince Albert.
Leighton Bearchell. File photo
Bearchell birdied seven holes â€” including four straight birdies on holes nine through 12 â€” and was sitting four-under with four holes left to play. He bogeyed 15 and 17, but still put together a very strong round.
Michael Herperger from Humboldt shot a five-under 66 and enjoys a one-shot lead over Justin Wood from Unity. Clayton Mullis enjoyed playing on his local course, the Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert, and is in third at three-under.
Bearchell is tied with Carnduff's Kris Carley.
Trevor Benson from the Lynbrook shot an eight-over 79 and is tied for 63rd. Benson had a pair of birdies, but eight bogeys and a double-bogey set him back.
Nick Lepine from the Lynbrook is sitting at 14-over and tied for 89th after the first round and Mike Flegel from the Hillcrest was two-over at the turn before have a rough back nine and finishing at 17-over for the round. He is tied for 93rd.
Bearchell won the junior provincial title last year and is coming off a strong freshman season of collegiate golf at Wayland Baptist University in Texas.