Gnam wins second Senior Lobstick championship

Waskesiu Golf Course Head Professional Andrew Hnatiuk (left) presents Warren Gnam with the Senior Lobstick plague. (Photo - Waskesiu Golf Course/Facebook)

Medicine Hat’s Warren Gnam has his second Senior Lobstick championship after outlasting Rick Hallberg in a four-hole playoff on Thursday.

Playing in his 39th Lobstick tournament and fifth as a senior, Gnam said winning the event is always special.

“It feels good, it’s always nice to get a win. You never know how many chances you are going to get,” he said.

He did so in dramatic fashion beating Hallberg with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole. He said Hallberg was within an inch of winning outright on the 54th hole.

“The three of us [Glen Erickson finished third] were all close all day long, kind of flip-flopped back-and-forth. I had a one shot lead I thought playing 18 and I bogeyed, Rick had about a 15-foot putt for birdie and left it about an inch short, so we tied,” Gnam explained.

Ironically it was a long putt of Gnam’s that gave him the victory.

“We both had chances, we weren’t able to make anything until number four, I made a birdie from just off the green, sunk about a 20-foot putt,” he said.

Gnam shot 74 in round one, 73 in round two and shot the low round of the day Thursday of 70 while Hallberg went 75, 70, 72. Erikson was three shots back at 220 (74, 73, 73).

This is Gnam’s second senior win. He was the Open winner in 1984, his first year in the tournament. He also won the 2007 Saskatchewan Mid-Amateur Championship. Gnam will compete in next week’s Men’s Lobstick that starts on June 13.

Jim Hargreaves (pictured below) was the super senior champion with a 54-hole total of 224 (76, 72, 76).

The complete results can be found here.