Shilo CC set to open 2018 Rural Championships Saturday

For the second time in a decade, the province’s best golfers from rural clubs throughout Manitoba to be challenged by Shilo’s slick greens and thick rough.

Some of the province’s best golfers in six divisions will vie for the 2018 Rural Manitoba Championship at Shilo Country Club this weekend.

The club, located about 30 kilometers east of Brandon, will host 36 holes of stroke-play competition in the Amateur Men’s, Amateur Women’s, Senior Men’s, Senior Women’s, Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s categories.

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The Rural Championship is held for Golf Manitoba competitors whose home club is located outside of Winnipeg. Registration for the tournament, which was only open to rural golf club members also associated with Golf Manitoba, closed on Monday. The number of registrants at press time was unavailable.

Shilo Country Club Canadian Professional Golf Association pro Dave Scinocca said competitors will be challenged by the course’s slick greens and tight fairways.

“The greens are fast and smaller than the typical newer styles,” Scinocca said. “The course is not overly long, but if there’s any wind, it could be a challenge for them. In combination with the fast greens, it can be very difficult to get around the course with a low score.”

Thick bush along Holes 7 to 12 can be overly punishing should the players find themselves off the fairway, he added. With a par of 72, the course record remains at just five-under.

“Between seven and 12, you can’t miss the fairway or you’ll be lost,” Scinocca said.

The 2017 Golf Manitoba Rural Championship was held at the Portage Golf Club in Portage la Prairie. Wesley Hoydalo of the Selkirk Golf and Country Club won both the Amateur Men’s and Junior Men’s divisions, defending the latter after taking the championship in 2016. Keith Fawcett successfully defended his 2016 title last year in the Senior division. He golfs out of the Clear Lake Golf Course.

“We’re always happy to host these things for Golf Manitoba,” Scinocca said. “It gives us an opportunity to support Golf Manitoba and it nice to have these events to showcase the golf course. It gets people out who haven’t played it before.”

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