Reevey Jumps out to a four shot Lead at 2017 NB Mid-Master Championship
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A combined 126 golfers, 36 Mid-Master (40 years of age and older) participants and 90 Senior (55 years of age and older), descended on the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club in Bathurst, NB for day 1 of the 2017 NB Senior & Mid-Master Championships.
In the morning’s opening draw it was two time defending NB Mid-Master Champions Ed Reevey of The Riverside Country Club taking the early lead with a three under par (-3) 69 on the C.E. (Robby) Robinson par 72 layout. Reevey would start quickly with a birdie on the 488 yard par five 2nd, but would give the shot back on the par three 6th. Another birdie on the par five 8th would see Reevey make the turn in a one under par (-1), 35. With an under par outward nine under his belt Reevey would be prepared to tackle the challenges of Gowan Brae’s spectacular back nine. Three pars to start the back nine would get Reevey off on the right foot, and back to back birdies at #13 and #14 would get him to three under par on the day. A bogey at the par four 16th would be balanced by a birdie on the difficult 210 yard par three 17th to see Reevey enter the clubhouse with a first round three under par (-3), 69, and a four shot lead entering Tuesday’s second round action.
In second position through 18 holes is the Fredericton Golf Club’s Tony MacKinnon. MacKinnon would parlay bogeys at #3 and #5 and birdie on the par four 9th into a one over par (+1), 37, on the front. A birdie on the par five 11th would get him back to even par on the day, and a bogey at #13 combined with another birdie on #14 would keep things that way until a wayward approach on Gowan Brae’s 420 yard par four finishing hole would result in a bogey five and a first round one over par (+1), 73, to sit four shots back of Reevey.
Third position is Greg Jones of the Country Meadows Golf Club. Jones, a two time Mid-Master Champion in his own right (2010 & 2011), would start the day with a birdie on the par four 1st before giving back three shots with a triple bogey, 6, on the par three 6th. A birdie at the par five 8th would get him to one over par through nine holes, and another birdie at the par four 10th would get him back to even par (E) through ten. Jones would stay even through the meat of Gowan Brae’s back nine with pars from #11 through #16, but a bogey at the par three 17th and the par four 18th would see him come home with a one over par (+1), 37, and a two over par (+2), 74, on the day to sit five back of Reevey.
In fourth position is Jones’ Country Meadows club mate Stu Musgrave. Musgrave would make the turn in an even par (E), 36, thanks to a birdie at the first and a bogey at the ninth, but would struggle on the back nine with four bogeys and a birdie from #13 through #17. A closing par would see him card a three over par (+3), 39, on the back for a three over par (+3) total of 75 on the day.
In a four way tie for fifth are the Moncton Golf & Country Club’s Jamie Thibault, the Hampton Golf Club’s Darren Ritchie along with Stephen Clark and Chad Arnold of the Aroostook Valley Golf & Country Club.
Leading the second division are a pair of Aroostook Valley Golf & Country Club members in Stephen Clark and Chad Arnold. The pair would fire matching four over par (+4), 76’s, on day one and share a four shot divisional lead over a trio of chasers in the Moncton Golf & Country Club’s Darren Church, The Riverside Country Club’s Bobby Vaughan and the Fox Creek Golf Club’s Jamie Melanson.
Mike Fougere of the Royal Oaks Golf Club and Ken Barter of the Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club lead the way in the third division after posting dueling six over par (+6), 78’s. Rino LeBlanc of Golf Pokemouche (+9, 81) holds down third position in the division while Lawrence Justason of the St. George Golf Course (+11, 83) and Richard Moulton of Aroostook Valley (+12, 84) round out the top five.
In addition to the 2017 NB Mid-Master Championship, the top two Mid-Master finishers will earn the opportunity to represent New Brunswick at the 2017 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, to be held from August 22 to 25, 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the Wascana Country Club.
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