Menard captures inaugural Elk Ridge Open

The Elk Ridge Open is in the books and the winner is Raoul Menard of Quebec,  Despite bogeying three of his first four holes in Saturday’s final round, Menard got things back on track and won with a 54 hole total of 9 under par which was three better than Toronto’s Sebastian Szirmak.

“I’m not going to lie, my mind was racing a little bit at that point,” said Menard on his slow start. “I just told myself to be patient and just keep doing my routine—my process—and it would fall into place, and it did.”

This marked Menard’s first start on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada schedule this season, and the victory ranks as a career highlight for the 29-year-old.

“I’ve had some fun experiences in golf, and this is definitely one of them,” said Menard. “I’m just happy the way I handled it, and hopefully it’s just the beginning. I want to make it to the top level, that’s the goal, and this is why we’re here. It’s one step, and hopefully we take it further.”

Kade Johnson of Yorkton  tied for fifth, at 3-under, after a second consecutive round of 68. He was happy to put in a solid performance in his home province.

“It’s awesome to play a professional event in Saskatchewan,” said Johnson. “I’ve never been able to do that before. It was cool coming up 18 and hearing everybody cheer me on, and I definitely now know the support I have in this province.”

Saskatoon’s Joshua Nagy and Tayden Wallin tied for low-amateur honours, both tying for 40th, at 10-over.

The Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada heads to Calgary next week for the ATB Financial Classic at Country Hills Golf Club, with the first round set to begin Thursday.


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