Nault captures Kingland Open – Golf tourney attracts 40 players in men’s and women’s divisions

Angele Cano/NNSL photo Kevin Menicoche from Fort Simpson almost sinks his shot only to have it pop out again while Keone Villeneuve, left, and James Dumas look on.

Aside from bragging rights, the winner of this year’s Kingland Open Golf Tournament could be heading south soon.

Rick Nault has earned the chance to play at this year’s YL Country Tournament in High Level, Alta., in September.

At the June 23 and 24 Kingland Open tourney, Nolt was only one stroke away from losing the title. Four golfers, including Jay Planidin, Robert Halifax and James Dumas, were all very close during the individual championship flight. Before that, they were all within a few shots of each other entering the last nine holes.

Nault shot 170 and Planidin was close behind with 171.

“He came back to a win on the back nine,” said tournament organizer Mike King.

In the tournament’s last hours, Nault was playing against friend James Dumas, who he doesn’t always beat.

Nault has been golfing since 1995 and has been hitting the greens six times a week since he recently retired from Northern Transportation Company Ltd. after 30 years. He’s already played in the Elks tournament this year and attended the YL Country tournament last year.

The women’s division of the Kingland Open Golf Tournament was won by Kathy Irani with a score of 199. Second place went to Trina Daigneault, while Doloris Shiels
finished third.

Forty people registered for this year’s tournament, comparable to last year’s numbers. Competitors travelled from Yellowknife, Fort Simpson and Fort Smith.

The annual tournament, organized each year for around the start of the season, has been held for nearly 30 years.

King said participants are always a mixed bag.

“We get all kinds of competitive people and people who just want to have fun,” he said. “It works well because you are put against people of your calibre.”