Coulombe Jumps to the top at 2017 NB Senior Men’s Championships

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The Fredericton Golf Club’s Dan Coulombe would use some local knowledge and steady play to erase a two shot day one deficit and take a two shot lead into the final round of the 2017 Golf NB Senior Men’s Championship at the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club in Bathurst, NB.

The Bathurst native, would start on Gowan Brae’s difficult back nine and fire an even par (E), 36, courtesy of a birdie at the par five 11th and a bogey on the challenging par three 17th and a par save at the 18th that included hitting his approach shot barefoot from the water hazard left of the fairway.  Another bogey on the par five 2nd would get him to one over par (+1) on the day, but a birdie at the 8th would get him back to even on the day and see him become the early leader on the back of his even par (E), 72.

The Restigouche Country Club`s Shane Wellman would continue his strong play with a two over par (+2), 74, that saw a real tale of two nines.  A 10th tee start would see Wellman face a difficult test.  While his opening nine holes would be consistent, it would not be the consistent he was looking for.  Alternating bogeys and pars would see him make the turn with five over par (+5), 41.  Wellman would continue his alternating scoring on the front as he would par the 1st before starting to turn the corner with a birdie on the par five 2nd.  Two more birdies coming home, at the par four 5th and par five 8th, would complete a clean front nine and see him card a three under par (-3), 33, to enter the clubhouse with a share of second.

Drawing even with Wellman, tied for second, is Kingswood Golf’s Wilfred Pilgrim.  Like Wellman, Pilgrim would struggle on his opening nine holes carding four bogeys, at #10, #13, #15 and #17, to go with his lone birdie at 11 and make the turn with a three over par (+3), 33.  A clean front nine that consisted of seven pars and back to back birdies at the par three 6th and par four 7th would have him coming home in a two under par (-2), 34, and a second round one over par (+1), 73, and a two day total of 147.

The top five is completed by a two way tie for fourth between the Club de Golf de Saint-Qunetin`s Denis Beaulieu and the Fredericton Golf Club`s Mike Allen.  Beaulieu (77, 72, +5, 149) would post an even par (E), 72, that consisted of five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on the par three 17th, while Allen (78, 71, +5, 149) would earn his share of fourth with the low round of the tournament, a one under par (-1), 71, courtesy of bogeys at the 3rd and 15th, a birdie at the par five 11th and an eagle on the par five 8th.

By virtue of his two over par (+2), 74 on day two, the Aroostook Valley Country Club’s Herrick Hansen has jumped past Louis Boudreau, of the Pine Needles Golf Club, and in to first in the NB Super-Senior Division.  Hansen would start his day with consecutive pars from 10 through 15 before back to back bogeys at #16 and #17 would see him make the turn with a two over par (+2), 38.  A birdie at the first would see him get a shot back, but another bogey on the par three 3rd would see Hansen fall back to two over (+2), on the day.

First round leader Louis Boudreau would see his back nine struggles from yesterday continue as he would bogey the 10th, 16th and 18th to go with a double bogey at #17 to card an opening nine five over par (+5), 41.  A birdie at the 2nd would be offset by a bogey at the 5th and a triple bogey on the par five 8th, that included a two shot penalty, would result in a front nine of three over par (+3), 39, and a second day total of eight over par (+8), 80, at two day total of 153, to sit three shots back of Hansen.

Alone in third position is the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club’s George Willett.  Willett would card a day two three over par (+3), 75, to go with his first round 79, that consisted of nine pars, six bogeys and three birdies, to for a two day total of 154 to sit just one back of Boudreau and four off of Hansen`s pace.

A three way tie at twelve over par (+12), 156, between Gowan Brae`s Dave Brewster, The Riverside Country Club`s John Brown and Restigouche`s Gerry Duguay rounds out the top five.

The top three finishers in the NB Senior Men’s Championship will earn the opportunity to represent New Brunswick at the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship to be held from September 11th to 14th, 2017 at the Kanawaki Golf Club in Kahnawake (Montreal), Québec.

For more information on the 2017 NB Men`s Senior Championship including results and tee times, please CLICK HERE.

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