Landry Takes Four Shot Lead into day two of the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship
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Day one of the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities Men’s NB Amateur Championship provided ideal scoring conditions as the cool morning kept the moisture in the Sussex Golf & Curling Club’s traitorous set of greens.
Posting early scores were 2015 NB Junior Boys Champion, and 2016 Golf NB Wellingdon Cup team member, Corey McMinniman of the Fredericton Golf Club. McMinniman would tear up Sussex’s 3,226 yard opening nine with birdies at the par five 1st, back to back birdies on the par three 4th and par five 5th and another on the 402 yard par four 7th, making the turn in a four under par (-4), 32, one shot clear of defending NB Men’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Champion, Michel Landry.
Landry, who set out in defense of his 2016 NB RBC Dominion Securities NB Men`s Amateur and Mid-Amateur titles by hitting the events opening tee shot at 7:00am local time, would make the front side look routine with a birdie at the 1st, consecutive pars from #2 thorough #4, another birdie at #5 and three more pars from #6 through #8 before closing his outward nine with a birdie at the difficult 365 yard par four 9th for a three under par (-3), 33.
Joining Landry at three under par (-3), and in a tie for 2nd through nine, was the Country Meadows Golf Club’s Stu Musgrave. Musgrave would also birdie the opening hole to jump to an early one under par (-1), but would heat up through the middle holes with consecutive birdies on #5, #6 and #7, before giving a shot back with a bogey at #9.
Tied for fourth at the, with one under par (-1), 35’s, were 2017 NB Bantam & Juvenile Boys Champion Daniel Kirby of JH Sports at Kingswood, the Moncton Golf & Country Club’s Matt Layden and Sussex native, and Fredericton Golf Club member, Shane McCullum. A four player log jam rounded out the top ten through nine holes with 2017 NB Junior Boys Champion and runner-up Sam Reid and Calvin Ross joining the Moncton Golf & Country Club’s Colin Manning and former NB Men’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Champion Darren Roach of The Riverside Country Club with even par (E), 36’s.
The back nine would see more consistency from Landry as he would birdie the par five 10th to draw even with McMinniman. Seven consecutive pars from #11 to #17 and another birdie at #18 would get him into the club house as the early leader with a five under par (-5), 67.
“The golf course was very receptive today”, Landry would say. “The greens stayed soft, and with no wind it provided opportunities to score.”
After a blistering front nine holes, McMinniman would have his struggles on the back nine carding bogeys on #11, #13, #16 and #17 offset by his fifth birdie of the day on the par five #14th, turning in a back nine three over par (+3), 39, and a one under par (-1), 71, day dropping him into a first round tie for second with Roach. Roach’s card would show an up and down run as he back up a birdie on #1 with a bogey on #2. Another birdie / bogey stretch at #5 and #6 would see him make the turn at even par (E). Back to back birdies at #10 and #11 would get him going in the right direction, but another birdie on the par four #16 would be sandwiched by bogeys at #15 and #17 to get him to a one under par (-1), 36, on his inward nine and a one under par (-1), 71, on the day.
Sliding into fourth position after day one with an even par (E), 72, is Rockwood Park Golf Course member, Peter Wedge. Wedge would be one of the few to post an under par back nine, as Sussex’s 10th through 18th would average nearly a half a shot over par in round one. Wedge would post a one under par (-1), 35, on the back nine by virtue of his four birdies on the back nine, at #10, #14, #15 and #16, a bogey and a double on #17, the hardest hole on the golf course through day one. His one under back nine would offset his one over par (+1), 37, on the front that consisted of a birdie and two bogeys.
Musgrave, like much of the field, would see a quality front nine evaporate as bogeys at the par three 13th and 15th holes combined with back to back bogeys at #17 and #18 would see him limp into the clubhouse with a four over par (+4), 40, on the back nine and a one over par (+1), 73, droping him into a tie for fifth after day one. Joining Musgrave in fifth is Royal Oaks’ Maxim Gaudet. Gaudet would match Musgrave’s one over (+1), 73, with a bogey at the 1st, a bogey at the 2nd and seven pars on the front, combine with birdies at #10 and #12 and bogeys at #11, #16 and #18.
The second round of the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur Championship will get underway at 7:00am on Friday July 14th, with competitors all going off the first tee.
In addition to the NB Men’s Amateur Championship, this week’s event will also see the crowning of the 2017 NB Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion. Open to players, 25 years of age and older, the NB Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion will be awarded to the low age eligible finisher in the field.
The top three finishers, along with the fourth place alternate, in the Men’s Amateur section, will earn the opportunity to be members of Team NB and represent New Brunswick in the Willingdon Cup at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, to be held from August 7 to 10, 2017 at the Toronto Golf Club in Missisauga, Ontario. In addition to the Provincial Championship and the four positions on Team NB, Golf NB will also be allocating an additional five exemptions into the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship to top finishers at this year’s event.
In addition to the positions on the Willingdon Cup Team, the top two finishers in the NB Mid-Amateur category (25 years and over) will earn positions on Team NB that will represent the province at the 2017 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, to be held from August 22 to 25, 2017 at the Wascana Country Club in Regina, Saskatchewan. The third and final positon on Team NB, along with the first alternate position, will be awarded later this month at the 2017 NB Mid-Master Championships, to be held at the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club from August 24 to 26, 2017.
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