Ward makes it four straight ‘Memorial’ titles

Greg Ward started the golf season the way he has the past three years—by winning the Memorial golf tournament at Kitchen Creek.
The local 24-year-old carded a one-over par 74 on Sunday to claim his fourth-straight Harry Barefoot Memorial plaque (awarded to the winner of the championship flight) over 56 other golfers.
Despite failing to get a birdie in his last nine holes, Ward managed to edge Bob Crowe’s 75 for the title.
Mike Dick, who led the field at the turn with a 33, suffered four-straight bogeys to close out his round and finish tied for third with Barry Coffin at 77.
Greg Ross, the 1998 champion and the last person other than Ward to win the title, was fifth with a 78. Defending men’s club champ Brian Beers was eight shots back with an 82.
The battle for the Bob Biggs Memorial plaque (first flight) also was tight. Brian Kosowick carded a five-over 77 to nip Tom Copenace (78) and Dave Bondett and Colin Welinga, who both finished with 79s. Meanwhile, Sheldon Kelly’s 79, two shots better than Fred Crowe, earned him the Harvey Shute Memorial plaque (second flight) while Steve Melnychuk captured the Tom Onichuk Memorial (third flight) with an 85.
And Tony Olsen carded an 88 to win the fourth flight, which honours all the other deceased members of the club.
The next major golf tournament here will be the Kitchen Creek June Open slated June 29.