The 106th Access Communications Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur Golf championship got under way Monday at the Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton.
Tyler Wright carries a one shot lead into round two. The Regina native carded a 1-under-71 on day one.
A pair of PA golfers sit second as Danny Klughart and Cory Selander went even par. Saskatoon's Matt Procyshen who fired a 3-under-33 on the front nine, settled for a 1-over-73 and is tied for fourth.
Golf Saskatchewan’s Brian Lee said defending champion Justin Wood of Unity is part of a very strong field.
“We’ve got people who have won events on our order of merit tours, you’ve got the like of Danny Klughart (Lobstick champion), you’ve got past champions such as Tyler Wright and Justin Wood, you’ve got Kade Johnson who was 2016’s Junior Men’s champion playing in that field, it’s just going to be a wide open event.”
Wood ended up at 4-over-par-76 after the opening round.
Lee felt Deer Park provides a good challenge to the province’s best golfers.
“It’s not an overly long golf course but I can tell you when the winds gets up and it’s not a matter of if, it’s when the wind gets up, the guys will definitely be challenged to keep the ball in play.”
Lee figured the player who has the best read on the challenging greens at Deer Park will have the best chance to win.
“The person who is going to win will obviously have to have the hot putter, “ said Lee who added a strong short game is necessary.
“The greens at Deer Park are pretty much the equalizer, you get it close to the hole, give yourself some really good looks at birdie, or try to chip it close if you happen to have the pars, that is going to be the person who is going to hold the trophy at the end of 72-holes.”