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Dark horse takes men's open title

A proverbial dark horse rode three strong rounds to win the annual Men’s Open golf tournament at the Innisfail Golf Club Sept. 3-5. When the 54-hole match play tournament wrapped up on Sept.

A proverbial dark horse rode three strong rounds to win the annual Men’s Open golf tournament at the Innisfail Golf Club Sept. 3-5.

When the 54-hole match play tournament wrapped up on Sept. 5, Innisfail golfer Chris Fisher found himself alone on top.

Club pro Jim Boomer said Fisher worked his steady style of play to perfection during the sun-drenched tournament, which utilized the club’s three nine-hole courses.

“He’s a very unassuming kind of a guy,” Boomer said of Fisher. “A lot of us … we knew he was capable, but (he was) more of a dark horse in terms of winning it.”

While the win was Fisher’s first at the Open, Boomer said he was interested to see where the Innisfail golfer goes from here.

“Once you’ve won something it can sort of move you up,” Boomer explained. “Golf’s a lot about confidence if you have the talent, and he has (the talent).”

Those players who lost their rounds on Sept. 4 were eliminated from match play and placed in a scramble on Sept. 5. The team of Jordie Weich, Dick Anderson, John MacPhee and Derek Chyz took first place in the one-day event.

There are only two more tournaments left before the club is scheduled to shut down for the season on Oct. 16: today’s annual pro-am and the mixed open on Sunday.

Boomer said he hopes the recent warm weather will allow the season to go out on a high.

“The August (and) September we’ve had has really, really been a bonus. We’re pretty pleased and hope to just keep it going here as long as we can.”