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Blackstock regains Oilmen's championship

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(L-R) Scott Blackstock accepts the Estevan OTS Oilmen's Golf Tournament championship trophy from OTS president Brett Campbell.

The most prolific golfer in the history of the Estevan Oilfield Technical Society's (OTS) Oilmen's golf tournament has won the tournament yet again.

Scott Blackstock fired a 1-under-par 71 during the final round June 3 to win the 36-hole component of the tournament. He finished one stroke ahead of Brendon Grube and Brock Simpson.

It was a record 16th time that Blackstock has won the tournament, and it was his first championship since 2004.

He first won the tournament in 1974.

Blackstock said it was not only nice to win this year's event, but he was also pleased to wrestle the championship trophy away from his son, Brett, who won the tournament the last time it was held in 2010.

The elder Blackstock also proved that the long-time golfers in the tournament can still compete with the younger players. 

"There's a lot of young, really good golfers coming up," said Scott Blackstock. "It's fun playing with these guys."

Blackstock said he has to play steady and consistent golf to compete with the younger competitors, and he has to make some putts. He had five birdies during the final round, including three birdies on the par-5 holes.

Participants in the 36-hole tournament played their first round on June 1 or 2, with nine holes at the Hidden Valley Golf and RV Resort, and nine more holes at the Estevan Woodlawn Golf Course. The first round determined flights.

The score from the second round June 3 was used to determine the tournament champion. Everybody played the front nine at Woodlawn two times.

"I think people had fun," said Blackstock. "It was what we had to do, but it worked out really well. Hidden Valley, I think, surprised a lot of people. If you shoot well there, you've played really well. It's a fun, fairly tough course." 

The other flight winners in the 36-hole tournament were: Jay Astles captured the first flight with a 71; Nolan Rohatyn, second fight, 70; William Vansckle, third, 79; Dallas Kurtz, fourth, 82; and Bruce Ehrmantraut, fifth, 82.

Even though Rohatyn had a better score than Blackstock in the final round, Blackstock won the tournament, since the tournament winner must come from the championship flight.

An 18-hole tournament was also part of this year's OTS. Golfers played nine holes at Hidden Valley and nine holes at Woodlawn, and totaled their scored to determine a champion and flight winners.

Darin Trimble won the championship flight with a 66. He had a 30 at Hidden Valley and a 36 at Woodlawn. Jeff Clausen was second with a 67; Marshall Bakken finished third with a 68.

Flight winners were: Karry Biette won the first flight with a 74; Dave Bayerle, second flight, 78; Chris Hammett, third flight, 81; Derek Smith, fourth, 82; Wade Benson, fifth, 84; Darren Delorme, sixth, 86; Matt Halkyard, seventh, 88; Jeremy Mack, eighth, 90; Kyle Morrow, ninth, 92; Steve Smith, 10th, 94; Mike Boulet, 11th, 96; Stu Sovdi, 12th, 100; Colin Tajenar, 13th, 110; and Greg Quenelle, 14th, 110.

Nearly 300 golfers participated in this year's tournament.

The 2011 edition of the Oilmen's golf tournament was cancelled due to flooding from the Souris River. Blackstock said he was happy that the tournament was back this year.

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