By the turn on Thursday, Pine Ridge's Scott Loewen, the leader through the first three days, had given away all his lead and closest chasers Scott Markham of Niakwa and Tyler Mancini of Pine Ridge were also over par.
When the final trio came to the 72nd hole, it was Markham
who needed the birdie to force Collings to a playoff.
Scott Markham of Niakwa fired a 4-under 68 on Tuesday at Pinawa Golf Club to vault himself from fourth to second, just three strokes behind Scott Loewen of Pine Ridge, who remained the leader after the second day of the four-day tournament.
It was a pretty big downpour so it was nice to keep the game together through that," said Markham
, 23, in a telephone interview.
has played in this event since he
was 14, with his
best finish a second-place tie in 2005.
"I made a few birdies today but more than anything it was the continual par saves that sort of kept the round going and kept the momentum going for me.
"That was kind of the objective for the first couple rounds - to not shoot myself out of it, play two solid rounds at Pinawa
, a tough, tight golf course and be able to go out to Elmhurst for the last couple days knowing that with a couple more good rounds... maybe have a shot at winning the tournament."
68 was one of just two such scores on the day.
ended up playing some of his
best golf of the day when the weather was at its worst.
"On the fourth hole, which would have been the 15th hole for me, I hit it a bit right off the tee, it was sort of in the thick rough.
I chipped it to five feet and made the putt.
When I hit that tee shot, it was pouring rain and I managed to make par there and birdie the next hole," he
had one major plus in his
corner - his
father David as his
"It's great to have my dad on the bag for me," he
said, noting his
father had battled cancer recently.