Ochitwa wins Men’s Lobstick

Waskesiu Golf Course Head Professional Paul Schatz presents Brock Ochitwa with the 2023 Lobstick Championship plaque. (Submitted photo/Tyler Baker)

Brock Ochitwa ran a Saskatchewan amateur men’s golf gauntlet last week on route to his first Men’s Lobstick championship at Waskesiu Golf Course.

The Saskatoon Golf and Country Club player defeated Dave Stewart, 2020 champion Trevor Bloom, Mike Smith, Danny Klughart and eventually Brent Ryan in the final Saturday to put his name in the historic record books of the event.

Ochitwa spoke with Golf Saskatchewan about the win.

The complete results of the Lobstick can be seen here.

Elsewhere in the Saskatchewan golf circuit, five players travelled to Calgary last weekend for the Glencoe Invitational.

Ella Kozak of Yorkton was the lone Saskatchewan female in the event, she placed tied for 14th after posting rounds of 76, 74, and 73 to finish at 7-over par, 223.

In the amateur men’s division Chase Pochylko led the way with a stellar sixth place performance at 1-over par, 217. An opening round of 75 pushed the Riverside Country Club player behind, but he improved each day firing 72 in round two and 70 in round one.

The Saskatoon product followed the top-10 showing with a 3-under par, 67 on Monday at the Elk Ridge Open qualifier at Cooke Municipal Golf Course. He will join Ty Campbell, and Josh Nagy in the field of the PGA Tour Canada event.

Back in Calgary, Alex Swinnerton was the other local to play an extra day after the plus-5 cut at The Glencoe.

The Saskatoon native posted back-to-back 72’s before dropping to 78 in the final round, Swinnerton was a solid 17th.

Swinnerton missed out on the Elk Ridge Open through the qualifier, but will play in the Mickelson National Invitational from July 5 – 7 at the Mickelson National Golf in Calgary.

Josh Nagy was a shot off the cut line at 6-over par, Marc Sweeney finished 11-over par.

The results are here.

South of the border Weyburn’s Darien Herlick competed in the North Dakota U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier, he fired 74 and just missed qualifying for the national prestigious event.

The results are here.