Lewis, Howarth still on top

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The blustery northwest winds continued on Saturday at the 62nd annual Grey Owl men’s golf tournament, presented by IG Wealth Management, and they prevented anyone from breaking par at the beautiful Clear Lake Golf Course.

That means Ty Lewis of Shilo and Darcy Howarth of MacGregor will be sleeping on the lead Saturday night. They both shot 1-under-par 71s on Friday and will be part of the final group on championship Sunday.

Two former champions and an ex-runner up posted the best score on Saturday. Three-time champ Jay Thiesen of Russell, two-time winner Jared Jacobson of Clear Lake and 2023 runner-up Kolby Day of Wheat City all recorded 1-over-par 73s.

Wheat City’s Nolan Ritchie shot an even-par 72 on Friday and will be in the final group with Lewis, Howarth and Day, teeing off at 10:50 a.m. There are nine players within four shots of the lead.

Those who shot first-round scores of 77 or better qualified for the championship flight, although players are allowed to opt out of vying for the title if they so choose. Eighteen players qualified for the championship flight.

The tournament consists of 36 holes over three days. The low 16 and ties after the first round will make up the championship flight, which will tee off on Sunday morning.

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