Tristan Keshane is from the Keeseekoose First Nation, which is north of Kamsack, and was golfing at the All Reserve Golf Event at White Bear Golf Course on Aug. 27.
Keshane began golfing at around 10 years of age in his yard at home; his father had fashioned a golf hole about 150 yards long with the green behind a drainage ditch that ran past their place.
Along with his two older brothers and a younger brother, Keshane would spend hours playing the hole, seeing who could put it the closest to the pin, hitting balls with a junior set of clubs that one of his brothers had received from his grandfather as a birthday present.
Keshane played his first ever round of golf at the nearby Riverside Golf Course in Kamsack, tagging along for the day with his two older brothers. After finishing school he began to play regularly, at least three or four times a week, and every day in some weeks.
Keshane has played several courses around Saskatchewan, a First Nations Cup at Dakota Dunes, as well as rounds at Kenosee Lake, Deer Park in Yorkton, Madge Lake, and his home course of York Lake in Yorkton, where he is currently a member. He also has played at the highly rated Goose Hummock in Alberta, north of Edmonton, where his mother in-law was a vice superintendent at the time.
Keshane’s best score in tournament play was a 4-over-par at Swan River’s Golf and Country Club in Manitoba, and he played to par at Deer Park in Yorkton in a regular round.
Keshane has had a hole in one, one that is very vivid in his memory, as it just came at the All Reserve Golf Event he was playing in at White Bear on Aug. 27. It was with a six iron on the par-3 number 16, which he measured up to play 200 yards, after a teammate had scoped it to be 194 yards to the pin. He was using a Titleist ProV 1x number 3. He didn’t know it went in on the uphill hole till he had walked onto the green with his putter, and he was informed by the spotters that the ball hit 10 feet short, bounced twice and rolled in.
The golf event had sponsored holes and each par three would be a $10,000 cash prize for the hole in one. The shot was also good for closest proximity and also won a team skin, delivering a cash prize of $11,675. Keshane will be sharing in his success with his team members who played in the event with him.
On his team for the event were his sister Christie Whitehawk, brother Trez Keshane, and Ashley Straightnose.
Keshane uses Mizuno blades, which he had acquired for this year’s golf season, TaylorMade drivers, and a TaylorMade Pider putter. His ball of choice is a ProV 1x number 3.
Keshane recommends Golf Kenosee as a must play course for the avid golfer, and if he has the opportunity, would like to make it to Pebble Beach on the northern Californian coast