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Woodward ties course record, wins Men’s Invitational

By Dale Woodard on August 3, 2021.

Graedon Woodward will have to settle for a tie for the course record at the Lethbridge Country Club.

One thing the golfer from Cardston won’t have to share, however, is this year’s Davis Auto Group Men’s Invitational title.

Woodward shot a final round 65 for a three-day total of 205 to capture the 2021 bragging rights.

Still, one final putt that didn’t fall denied him a round of 64 and course record as Woodward instead took the 65.

That was still enough to earn him the Davis Auto Group Men’s Invitational in his debut at the tournament, three shots ahead of Wes Chapman (208) and seven up on third-place finisher James Faber.

“I hit the ball really well,” said Woodward. “I probably had four or five tap-ins on the front nine. I didn’t finish how I wanted on the back nine. I had two bogeys coming in on the final three holes, but it was what it was. It was good on the front.”

Woodward shot 68 in round one Saturday and followed that up with 72 on Sunday.

On his way to the title, there were still some adjustments to be made on the Lethbridge Country Club links that differed from what Woodward normally sees on his hometown course.

“It has tight fairways and really fast greens,” he said, of the Lethbridge Country Club.

“Where I play on my home course, the greens are pretty slow, so it’s a it’s a big change coming out here.”

Woodward was coming off a pair of strong performances heading into the Davis Auto Group Men’s Invitational.

He placed third at the Alberta Junior Open and also won the Magrath Open.

Woodward now kicks it up to the national stage as he heads to Sainte-Julie , Quebec for the Canadian Junior Boys Championship Aug. 9-12.

It’ll be his first appearance at the event.

“I feel good coming off a win here, a top-five finish would be great,” said Woodward.

In the First Senior’s flight, Scott McCann topped the field with a three-day 215 (74, 71, 70), topping runner up Keith Woznesensky (220) by five strokes.

Jeff Warren rounded out the the-top three with a three-day 224.

Ryan O’Donnell took home the second flight championship with a 224. Jared Ford (231) placed second and Brett Sheridan (232) was third.

In Flight 3, J.J. Salmon topped the field with a score of 234, eight ahead of runner-up Scott Wissler (242). Jared Holt (245) placed third.

Winning Flight 4 was Brett Cooper with a three-day 245.

John Furtado shot 247 to place second and Kostas D’Agnone (259) was third.

In Flight 5, Scott Armstrong’s total of 248 was good for first place, while Clint Carlson took home second with 260.

Erle Moshurchak shot 267 to take third.

In the Senior Flight 2, Rod Bollinger took top spot with a score of 238, while Rob King (242) was second.

Dennis Brown and Wayne Petersen finished one shot back of King with a 243 to finish tied for third.

In the Senior Flight 3, Lloyd Balderson (245) placed first, while Cam Lavoie and Shane Bly – both with scores of 247 – tied for second.

Gary Mason won the Senior Flight 4 honours with a total of 269.

Tony Wolak was second at 272 and Robert McEachern rounded out the top-three at 279.

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