The 2019 edition of the Frametech Classic golf tournament at the TS&M Woodlawn Golf Course wrapped up on Monday afternoon, with the champions being determined in the men’s and senior men’s divisions.
Kade Johnson, who is a former provincial amateur champion from Yorkton, won the men’s division. He fired a 4-under-par 68 in the third and final round to finish with a three-round total of 206, which is 10-under par.
Johnson entered the day with a two-stroke advantage, and added to the lead with birdies on the second and third holes. And while he alternated between birdies and bogeys over a five-hole stretch on the back nine, he still managed to win by three strokes over Daryl Donovan, who shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round.
Donovan birdied three straight holes to start the back nine and created some suspense for the tournament.
The lead was one entering the final two holes, but a birdie for Johnson on 17 and a bogey on 18 by Donovan dashed any hopes Donovan had of forcing a playoff or even winning.
“It feels awesome to be able to come down and play great golf and be able to meet all of these guys down here,” said Johnson.
This was the first time Johnson has competed in the classic. He had played at Woodlawn a couple of times previously as a junior.
“I haven’t been down here for a couple of years now, and it is awesome to come back. I was hearing about all of the stuff that (superintendent) Bobby Currie’s doing with the course, and how good the greens are and everything, and I was so excited to come down and play it. It’s in incredible shape.”
Johnson said he hit the ball well during the tournament, especially in the second round when he didn’t record a bogey. As for the third round, he was able to bounce back after the bogeys.
While the showdown for the lead was between Johnson and Donovan, Johnson noted some other golfers were able to put up good numbers.
Cody Reynolds was third with a 2-under par 214 over three rounds, and Mark Spencer was fourth at 215 (1-under-par).