2007 Keg District Open
By Scott A. Sumner
Northwestern Ontario Golfing News
After a fine 66 opening round at Strathcona and a 4 shot lead it seemed veteran golfer Hank Wilke would have the upper hand to win the Keg District Open. However the golf gods must have not been with Wilke who 3 and 4 putted himself out of contention leaving it open for those
close to him on the first day. Robert Cumming, one of the Northwest’s finest golfers took command to win the year’s first major in what seemed like a controlled manner, but maybe not.
“ It was a bit of a struggle today. In the final group I don’t think any of us were playing that good. I managed to get away with my shots with out too much damage and make a few par putts when I needed them. It was disappointing coming down the stretch as my driver cost me
shots and that was the only club I was hitting well most of the day. It let me down on a couple holes but again I got away with it,” stated Robert Cumming. “ On 18 I knew I had the pulls with my driver so I aimed right and hit it down the middle. The next shot was on the green and I two putted. It was hard to watch Hank have trouble on the last day as he is a friend of mine and you don’t like to see anyone do that. Golf is a difficult game and when you are three putting and four
putting it makes it that much harder.”
Robert Cumming had never won the Keg District Open before but had a couple seconds and thirds. “ It was good to finally get on the board. As far as the meaning I don’t really think in terms like that but it feels good right now,” noted Cumming. “ The Chapples course was in good shape. The greens were nice and ever since they got the watering system it is always in good shape so I enjoyed it. I had played quite a bit of golf this year, almost every day.”
The District Open started in 1950 officially but was played as the Hiram Walker Trophy from 1940 to 1949. Bill Seagris has won it 4 or 5 times. Bob Devine was the first official winner in 1950. Anybody who is anybody has won it according to Barry Caland President of the TBDGA.
“ Back in the 50 and 60’s a lot of pros won as the tournament is open to both pros and amateurs. This is the first major of our year with the Strathcona Invitational and District Amateur the others. There are 50 years of history at least in each event. It is a good start of the
season with a major for each month,” noted Barry Caland. “ School finishes on Thursday and Canada Day is on Sunday so it is a busy weekend. There were 36 entries but we did have 8 of the top 10 players in the city play. There are only so many weekends in the summer to hold
Hank Wilke had one of the great rounds of the year in competitive golf at Strathcona with a 66. “ I kept it in play hitting 16 greens in regulation and making 28 putts. The Strathcona greens are a little bit smaller here at Chapples so what happened here was I wasn’t used to the 30 and 40 foot putts and left many of them either 10 feet short or long. I made 5 or 6 three putts and four putts. The ball striking wasn’t great today either but even then you can make some up and downs, but the putting wasn’t there. I could have shaved 10 shots off my game
in putting alone,” noted Hank Wilke. “ I went from a 4 shot lead to losing by a lot for my worst day ever golfing. It was very frustrating. I’ll have to regroup, collect my thoughts and see what happens in my thought process tomorrow, because right now it is not very pretty!”