One of Saskatchewan’s top golf tournaments is about to break tradition.The Scotia Wealth Management Open — formerly known as the RBC Open — will welcome a female player for the very first time in its 16-year history at the Evergreen Golf Club in Nipawin.Carla Odnokon, who was the 2018 Saskatchewan Women’s Amateur champion, is set to become a bit of a tee-box trailblazer and rewrite tournament history this weekend.Odnokon says it’ll mark the first time she competes against male golfers, yet she didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation from tournament organizer Dean Prosky.Nor has she given much thought about breaking any sort of gender barrier.“Nipawin’s a great course so I said, ‘sure, I’ll come up and play,’ but, beyond that, I really haven’t thought a lot about it,” admitted Odnokon.“It’s just another tournament to go out and play. It’s going to play longer than what I would play in a ladies’ tournament, but Nipawin plays tight and I like that. Big ball-hitters won’t benefit as much compared to some of the other tournaments. I’m not going to be too short out there.”Indeed, accuracy comes at a premium at the tree-lined Evergreen, which isn’t super-long.“Our (course) distances, when we’re playing the (women’s) amateur, are long, so this isn’t going to be that much longer,” offered Odnokon, 39. “At nationals last year, it was between 6,000 and 6,200 yards.”Odnokon, who spent four years playing NCAA golf for the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers back when she was Carla Rae Dobchuk and unmarried, resumed playing golf competitively in her mid-30s.She plans on using the Nipawin tournament — which features a mix of top amateurs and club professionals — as a spring tune-up“That’s exactly why I’m playing it,” she said.“It hasn’t been a great spring, so I’m not tournament-ready by any stretch, but it’ll be the first tournaments coming up this month and maybe I can win again at provincials this year.”And, who knows, Odnokon could be the first of many females who will play in the Scotia Wealth Management Open.“I sure hope so,” she said. “It’s a great tournament. Why wouldn’t a few more females play?” FIELD MAXED OUTTournament organizer Prosky says they had been toying with the idea of adding females to the field for some time.“It’s just something that it’s nice to grow the game,” said Prosky. “I always thought it’d be a great idea to include the Saskatchewan women’s champion. I thought I’d give her a call personally and she said it’d be great. It’s fun to have her in the field and be seen by the players there. She’s definitely deserving to play and it’ll be great to see her play.”Evergreen is a good fit a ball-striker, not necessarily the long hitter. That means that Odnokon will play from the same tee blocks as the men, added Prosky.“We have the course set up at a certain length and she’s comfortable with that. It’s not a 7.200-yard golf course. It’s a golf course that bears its teeth at the 6,300-6,500 yards, so it’s not a long track. It’s a tight track. I think she’ll be fine, but, like all of us, we haven’t played a lot of golf yet this spring. We’re all in the same field.”That field includes defending champion David Stewart along with past champions Tyler Frank, Dylan Hoemsen, Jerry Christiansen, Danny Klughart and Colin Coben. As well, two-time champion Dean Brown returns to the Nipawin tournament this year.Also in the mix is reigning Saskatchewan Amateur champion Kade Johnson.“We have so many good players playing,” said Prosky. “There are some good players who want to put their name on that trophy.”The two-day tournament — which will feature a field of 81 golfers — was already filled months ago.“We are maxed out — over-maxed,” said Prosky.“Our field has been full since February, which is the earliest it’s ever been full, so it’s nice to have the demand for the tournament and the course. The golfers love it. Young players like to play in it where the better players are playing and it’s nice to see.” email@example.com (BOXED) HOLE-IN-ONE REPORTJeff Affleck, May 28, Hole No. 8, Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. Gary Jahraus, May 8, Hole No. 15, Dakota Dunes Golf Links. Jeanine Kurtenbach, April 29, Hole No. 7, Silverwood Golf Club.Keegan Boire, Apr 23, Hole No. 8, Saskatoon Golf and country Club.