Hughes senior champ at Heron Landing

Bill Hughes won the inaugural Senior Men’s Open yesterday afternoon at the Heron Landing Golf Course on Couchiching.
The Texas native, who summers at Clearwater Lake, shot an impressive even-par 72 to capture the title over 57 other golfers divided into four flights.
Afterwards, Hughes credited his short game with carrying him to victory.
“I putted excellent today,” he remarked. “The greens are running pretty true and I putted good . . . real good.”
Local golfer Mike Dick, the reigning Men’s Open champ at Heron Landing, finished in second place—two strokes behind Hughes.
The pre-tournament favourite, Dick bogeyed the final two holes of his round to take himself out of contention.
“It was a good round, though. I played good,” he reasoned.
Hughes took home a new ShopVac for his efforts while Dick earned a new golf bag for his runner-up finish.
In the “Super Seniors” division (age 65 and older), Ron Speck shot a round of 80 to finish in top spot, winning an impact drill.
Prizes also were awarded to the top three gross and net scores in each of the four flights.
Dick’s round of 74 was the lowest gross score in the first flight while Dave Bruyere had the lowest net score (71).
In the second flight, Brent Taylor had the low gross score (78) while Brian Hebert was the first low net (69).
Duncan Roste’s 83 was good enough to win low gross in the third flight, with John Bowiec carding a 68 to finish with the low net score.
And in the fourth flight, Chuck McPherson had the low gross (89) while Dave Jackson was the low net (65).
Sandwiches, soup, and pie was served to the golfers for lunch following the tournament.