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Darren Roach Claims Second 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championships

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The final day of the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities Men’s NB Amateur Championship would see another spectacular weather day, a wild back nine and the crowing of a champion.

Thanks to a third round three under par (-3), 69, on day three Corey McMinniman would head the first tee with a one shot lead looking to hold off a pair of past champions in the form of defending Men`s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Champion Michel Landry and 2010 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men`s Amateur and 2011 NB Men`s Mid-Amateur Champion Darren Roach. The pressure for McMinniman’s first final pairing, a the NB Men’s Amateur, would be turned up to “11” as his lead would disappear on the par five 1st as both Landry and Roach would birdie.  The birdies would quickly pull Landry into a tie for first and see Roach cut his two shot deficit in half.  The quick change would seem to rattle the 20 year old Fredericton Golf Club product as he would double bogey the par four second, falling two back of Landry, bogey the par three 4th and bogey the par five 5th to drop to even par (E) for the event, and four off the pace before righting the ship with a bogey at the par three 6th, and getting back to within three of the lead.

Darren Roach with Tom Gribbons of RBC Dominion Securities

Roach would par two through seven and draw into a tie for the lead with a birdie at the par four 8th before giving the shot right back with a bogey on the par four 9th, to make the turn with a one under par (-1), 35.

After his birdie at the first, Landry would par out on the front nine to match Roach’s one under (-1) mark and make the turn at four under par (-4) for the tournament, one clear of Roach and three clear of McMinniman.

In forth position through 63 hole was JH Sports at Kingswood’s Calvin Ross.  Despite birdieing the 1st, a bogey at the par four 3rd and a three putt bogey on the par five 5th would see him make the turn in a one over par (+1), 37, and fall seven shots back of the lead.  After carding one under par (-1), 36’s, on the front The Riverside Country Club’s Edward Reevey and Rockwood Park’s Peter Wedge would round out the top five through their first nine holes of the day.

McMinniman`s struggles would continue on the back nine shooting his way out of contention with bogeys at #11, #12 and #13.  A birdie on the par five 14th would help, but two more bogeys coming in at #16 and #18 would have him limp into the clubhouse with a  back nine four over par (+4), 40, a final round seven over par (+7), 79 and a four day total of 291.

With McMinniman now out of the picture it would become a two horse race with Landry trying to hold of the hard charging Roach.  A birdie at the par five 10th would put Roach into a tie for first and a two shot swing at the par four 12th, as Roach would birdie and Landry would bogey, would create some separation.  Another Landry bogey at the par three 13th would move Roach three shots clear with five to play.

Mike Landry hits his chip shot on 18 on route to a 2nd place finish

Landry would try to spark a comeback with a birdie on the par five 14th, but would give his shot right back with another bogey on the par three 15th.  Another Roach birdie on 16 would put him up by four and in the driver’s seat with the traitorous 17th and 18th finishing holes ahead.

A four shot cushion proved to be a great thing when attacking the par four 17th, the most difficult hole on the golf course and one that played 1.04 shots over par for the event.  Roach would bogey 17 to see his lead over Landry cut to three as the pair moved to the 18th tee.  Needing only to eliminate the big number, Roach would par the Sussex Golf & Curling Club’s 446 yard finishing hole to claim his second RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur Championship and his second NB Mid-Amateur crown by four shots over Landry and eight clear of McMinniman.

Rounding out the top five, in a tie for fourth position were Calvin Ross (75, 71, 72, 75 = +5 – 293) and Ed Reevey (76, 71, 74, 72 = +5 – 293).

In the Mid-Amateur division it was Roach, Landry and Reevey with Rockwood Parks’ Peter Wedge (72, 77, 76, 74 = +11 – 299) and Country Meadows Golf Club’s Stu Musgrave (73, 75, 77, 75 = +12 – 300) in fourth and fifth respectively.

The turnaround award on day four goes to the Fraser Edmundston Golf Club’s Alexandre Bélanger, who’s final round six over par (+6), 78, was 11 shots better than his day three total.

2017 NB Willingdon Cup Team L to R: Corey McMinniman, Peter Wedge, Matt Layden, Alternate – Tom Cameron

In addition to the NB Men’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships, Golf NB also named six individuals who have earned the opportunity to represent the province at two of Golf Canada’s top amateur championships.  Members of Golf NB’s Willingdon Cup Team, that will represent the province at the 2017 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championships at the Toronto Golf Club and Islington Golf Club in Missisauga, Ontario from August 7th to 10th are Corey McMinniman (Fredericton Golf Club), Peter Wedge (Rockwood Park Golf Course), and Matt Layden (Moncton Golf & Country Club) with the Gage Golf & Curling Club’s Tom Cameron serving as the first alternate.  As well, 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.

2017 NB Mid-Amateur Team Members
L to R: Edward Reevey & Darren Roach

In addition to the naming of the Willingdon Cup Team, Golf NB also identified two members of Team NB who have earned the opportunity to compete 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.  Joining NB Men’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Champion Darren Roach at Wascana will be club mate Ed Reevey of The Riverside Country Club.  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.

For more information on the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur Championship, including results and tee times, please CLICK HERE.

For a full list of Division & Prize Winners from the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men`s Amateur Championship please CLICK HERE

For more information on the Sussex Golf and Curling Club please visit: CLICK HERE.

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The title sponsor of the 2017 NB Men’s Amateur Championship is once again RBC Dominion Securities. RBC Dominion Securities was introduced as the title sponsor for the NB Amateur Championship in 2007.  RBC Dominion Securities has been Canada’s premier provider of Investment Advice since 1901.  With offices in Fredericton, Moncton, Saint John and Sussex, RBC Dominion Securities offers New Brunswick investors and businesses superior access to the most comprehensive wealth management services in the province.