Kitchen Creek pros runners-up at tourney

Except for one mistake on their 16th hole, Steve Wood and Glen Mills played almost flawless golf Monday.
The two pros from Kitchen Creek finished in second place out of the 24 teams that took part in the Wilson Pro-Assistant Tournament at the Hecla Golf Resort, about an hour north of Winnipeg.
“We’re very pleased. We had a good team and we played well,” said Wood, who is the professional at Kitchen Creek.
The tournament featured a “better ball” format, which sees both players play the hole with their own ball and then taking the score of the better ball.
The local duo took advantage of such a format by carding a three-under 69, which was just one shot off of the winning score.
“We tag-teamed very well, so on the holes where I wasn’t in play, he was and vice-versa,” noted Wood.
“He’s a pretty steady player and a consistent player, so that allows me, on the either the smaller or longer holes, to play a little more aggressive,” added Wood.
“We both came through when the other guy wasn’t playing that hole particularly well.”
As noted, their lone mishap was a bogey on their 16th hole, but it turned out to be a costly one on a day that brought challenging weather conditions.
“It was basically a battle of perseverance because it was cold, windy, and raining,” said Wood. “But we just kept plugging away and made only mistake.
“It just got right in the teeth of the wind,” he noted. “And it was disappointing that we made bogey because if we had not made that bogey, we would’ve been tied for the lead and had a playoff.”
Still, the duo was pleased with their finish—their highest in five appearances at the tournament (their previous high was third place)—and now will be looking to take that confidence into the PGA Championship next week, which is one of the biggest tournaments for Canadian golf pros.
The three-day event, which starts July 25 at the Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, will attract most of the professionals from Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.