Jay Thiesen plays most of his golf at the Russell Golf Course where he resides. If he's in the mood to travel, the 32-year-old heads down the road to play at the Clear Lake Golf Course, a venue he loves and has played many rounds on.
Over the weekend, Jay made Clear Lake his home as he teed it up in the 59th Annual Grey Owl tournament. The two-day tournament will forever go in the books as a memorable one for Thiesen as he won his second ever Grey Owl title.
Thiesen came out firing in round one with six birdies and just two bogies for a -4 total. Despite the hot first round, Jay was still looking up towards another Jay. Jay Doyle fired a first round 66 to lead by two strokes heading into the final round.
Doyle faltered in the second round as he scored 11 shots worse than day one. 44 of his 77 strokes came off the putter. Thiesen, meanwhile, was steady with two birdies and two bogies as he grabbed a three-shot victory over the first-round leader.
Jay's last Grey Owl title came back in 2012. That year it took two playoff holes to beat Garth Collings who won this year's "Greyer Owls" division by six strokes.
"It felt pretty good. I've played in it a few times since my last win and I came up short," said Thiesen. "I really enjoy playing on the course; it's kind of like home to me. I used to work up there and stuff, so it's always nice to play well and win on the course."
"I thought I would have to post a pretty good score on day two, but it was a pretty tough day. It was really windy and it seemed to change every hole," he added. "It was kind of a battle and no one played really well. I figured if I shot around even, I would have a chance and it worked out well."
The lead heading into the par 4-18th hole was a comfortable one for Thiesen. He had a three-stroke lead after Doyle doubled the short par 3-17th hole. Thiesen proceeded to bring out his trusted 2-iron on the 18th tee and the rest was history.
"I was pretty nervous on the tee shot, I just wanted to make sure it was in play," said Thiesen. "It was one of my best shots all day and I sort of figured I had it in the bag from there. I hit a good approach shot as well, I was kind of upset that I missed the birdie putt, but overall, it was a great feeling to win the tournament."
Thiesen will now prepare for the Manitoba Mid-Amateur which goes down from July 2-4 at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club. The top 12 golfers from that event will earn their spot to the Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Championship from August 20-23 at the Summit Golf & Country Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
It's the first time that Jay will play in the event.
"I've always wanted to play in it, but it hasn't really worked in my schedule," added Thiesen. "Many of the guys that play in that tournament played in the Grey Owl, so I think I'll stack up pretty good heading in. I'm hoping I can put a few good rounds together and we'll see what happens."