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Mark Spencer wins Estevan OTS Oilmen's golf tournament

Spencer shot a 70 on Sunday to win the 36-hole tournament by three over Anthony Melle.
Mark Spencer accepted the 2024 Oilmen's golf tournament trophy from 2023 champion Nolan Rohatyn.

ESTEVAN - Mark Spencer has won the Estevan Oilfield Technical Society's (OTS) Oilmen's Golf Tournament for the first time.

Spencer shot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to win the tournament's 36-hole competition, finishing three strokes ahead of Anthony Melle.

Defending champion Nolan Rohatyn finished tied for third with Payden Benning at 70.

As part of the 36-hole tournament, golfers played a qualifying round on Friday or Saturday to determine which flight they would be in on Sunday.

The scores on Sunday determined the champion and flight winners. The tournament champion has to come from the championship flight.

In Spencer's case, he was the class of the tournament all weekend. He shot a 70 in his qualifying round to finish five strokes better than Melle.

Spencer continued the momentum into Sunday, as he shot a 34 on the front nine. Then Spencer birdied the 10th hole to add to his advantage. His only blemish was a bogey on the 13th hole.  

Tony Heath won the first flight by shooting a 75 on Sunday, which was 11 strokes better than his opening-round score. Richard Lamontagne was second with a 79.

Jason Fenwick won the second flight with a 73 – one of the best rounds in the tournament. He had a 90 in the opening round. Dave Morrow was second with an 86.

Travis Karsta won the third flight with an 85, well ahead of Kyle Unger who shot a 99.

There was also an 18-hole tournament, which was won by Riley Tetreault with a 75. Taysen Holt and Jeff Clausen were tied for second at 76. Golfers in the 18-hole tournament played their round on Friday or Saturday.

More than 275 golfers entered this year's tournament, making it the largest in the Estevan area once again. It also has a strong social component, highlighted by a steak supper Saturday night served at Rotary Hall.