Atatise wins Junior Open in playoff

Robert Atatise needed an extra hole to claim his first Kitchen Creek Junior Open title Tuesday.
After failing to make the cut at the Manitoba junior championship two weeks ago, the local golfer captured the 16-18 year-old title by sinking a 35-foot birdie putt on the par-four first hole to edge Matt Haitto (Atikokan) and Steven Shankoric (Dryden).
The trio all had fired 77s after the 18-hole event.
Steve Pruys and Matthew Meadows (Dryden) ended up tied for fourth after carding 78s. They also were the first- and second-place low net finishers with 69 and 71, respectively.
There was little rest for Atatise, 17, who is in Steinbach for the Manitoba Rural Junior tournament today and tomorrow.
In other division play, Shaun Capavilla was tops in the 14-15 age bracket with a gross score of 78, ahead of runner-up Jamie Raylian of Dryden (84).
Kitchen Creek’s Katie Bondett had the low net score of 64, followed by fellow local golfer Jason Hammond (68).
Brandon Wheatley was an eight-stroke winner in the 12-13 division, scoring an 83 to David Novak’s 91. Garrett Howells (Dryden) was first among low net leaders with 63, six more than Matt Hebert.
And in the 11-and-under division, John Sinclair carded a 93 to beat local Lyndon Brown by one shot. Mitch Chagmon (60) and Alex McDonald (69) had the low net scores.
A total of 35 golfers participated in Tuesday’s tournament, which was rescheduled from its original date last month due to the heavy rains that had damaged the course.
No junior tournament was held last year.

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