Ngo grabs lead at 60th annual Grey Owl

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Pine Ridge Golf Club’s Noel Ngo will sleep on the lead before Sunday’s final round at the 60th annual Grey Owl, presented by IG Wealth Management.

Ngo (pronounced nuh-GO) took advantage of pristine weather conditions on Saturday and fired a 2-under-par 70 at picturesque Clear Lake Golf Course. He has a one-shot lead over three golfers after going 3 under on the front and 1 over on the inward nine.

Two of the three players one shot back have already captured the Cactus Jack Wells Memorial Trophy. Brandon’s Jared Jacobson, who snared the 2014 title, and Brandon’s Murray Lindenberg, who claimed the title all the way back in 1978, both fired 1-under-par 71s on Friday. Wheat City Golf Course’s Ross Sheard joined those two when he carded a 71 on Saturday.

The Grey Owl is being played for the first time since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 261 golfers are in this year’s field.

Defending champion Jay Thiesen (pronounced TEE-sun) of Russell is two shots back of the lead after carding an even-par 72 on Saturday. Marcus Friess of Estevan, Sask., also shot a 72 on Saturday.

Fourteen players qualified for the championship flight by shooting 75 or better.

Lindenberg has the lead in the Greyer Owl division, which is for those age 60 and over.

Stephen Johnston of QX104 and 94.3 The Drive has the score to beat in the Media Flight after shooting 87 on Friday and 81 on Saturday to complete his two rounds.

The tournament consists of 36 holes over three days.

Sunday’s tee times and more information can be found at thegreyowl.ca.

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

Noel Ngo, Pine Ridge 33-37—70
Jared Jacobson, Brandon 34-37—71
Murray Lindenberg, Brandon 37-34—71
Ross Sheard, Wheat City 34-37—71
Jay Thiesen, Russell 36-36—72
Marcus Friess, Estevan, SK 36-36—72
Jordan Trotter, Brandon 36-38—74
Brett Janz, Portage 34-40—74
Trent Wood, Elmhurst 37-37—74
Steven Young, St. Charles 37-37—74
Todd Slatnik, Winnipeg 38-37—75
Garth Collings, Breezy Bend 36-39—75
Nolan Tutkaluk, Shilo 36-39—75
Doug Stinchcombe, Clear Lake 38-37—75

(submitted by Kirk Penton)