Barry Caland Wins Fifth Strathcona Invitational
by Scott A. Sumner
An emotional Barry Caland was overwhelmed after his 3 and 1 win over Robert Cumming in the Championship Flight in th 2008 Strathcona Invitational. “ To be able to join the ranks of Trevor Jones and Ken Britton with 5 wins, those are two of your best players in history,”
said Barry Caland after his 4th win in a row in TBDGA events this season. The only player ahead of Caland with wins is Bob Devine's all time mark of six. Caland had earlier wins in this event over Laurence Nawagisic, Rollie Turrie and Dave Joubert before meeting Robert Cummingin the final.
“ I did feel pressure but played so well and hit it on the fairway and greens so often it made it easier and my competitors had to make something happen to win a hole. Robert Cumming is a tremendous player who should have 5 Strathcona wins by now,” said Caland. “ I got out of
the gate hot and was 4 under after 7 and got enough early to carry me through the match. I drove 6 green with about 340 yards and had an eagle putt there. The greens were great and we both putted like a couple of dummies in the final.”
Caland is 5 for 5 in the finals of Strathcona now and had never played Cumming in the finals before. “ We played golf together for over 20 years but less now that I am at Whitewater,” noted Caland. “ Ron Rost, my caddie and I had good success in the Open. He gave up his
weekend to caddie for me which is unbelievable given how avid a golfer he is himself. He is very stable for me and says the right things at the right time. Ron was a big part of the win. We are friends and really teammates.”
Barry Caland continues his dream season with wins in 8 out of his last 11 tournaments. Next up on Barry's schedule is the FWCC Invitational with Dr Alan Kirk, who operated on Caland's back to remove a cyst recently. Then there is the Thunder Bay District Amateur and
Whitewater Club Championships to conclude what has certainly been a tremendous year for Thunder Bays finest golfer.