Haddad & Wilson Share First Round Lead at NB Senior Men’s Championships

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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.

After round one it is Jim Haddad, of the Country Meadows Golf Club, and the Sussex Golf & Curling Club`s Stephen Wilson who share the first round lead after matching even par (E), 72`s on day one.

Wilson would post an early number, going out in the morning draw, with a two under par (-2), 34, front nine that consisted of seven pars and birdies on the par four 5th and far five 8th holes.  Bogeys at the 10th, 11th and 13th would drop him to one over par (+1) on the day, but back to back birdies at the par five 14th and par three 15th would get him back to the right side of the ledger.  As it did with much of the field, the difficult par three 17th would bite Wilson causing him to drop a shot and become the early leader in the clubhouse with an even par (E), 72.

Wilson`s score would hold up for some five and a half hours before Haddad would set the front nine on fire with birdies at #2, #4, #7 and a hole in one eagle on the par three 6th.  His five under par (-5), 31, on the front would be by far the best nine holes of the day.  For Haddad it would be a tale of two nines.  A bogey on the par five 11th would start Haddad’s change of fortunes.  Another at the par four 13th combined with a triple bogey, 8, at the par five 14th would drop him back to even par on the round.  Despite the struggles, Haddad would settle down and par out to card a five over par (+5), 41, on the back nine and earn a share of the first round lead with an even par (E), 72.

There’s a three way log jam for third at a one over par (+1), 73, between the Aroostook Valley Country Club’s Ralph Michaud, Louis Boudreau of the Pine Needles Golf & Country Club, and the Restigouche Country Club’s Shane Wellman.

Michaud would post an even par front nine that consisted of seven pars, a bogey on #6 and a birdie at the 8th, along with a one over par (+1), 37, on the back nine with a birdie at #11 and bogeys on #17 and #18.  Wellman would be mister consistent carding nine pars on the front and eight more on the back to go with his lone bogey of the day at the par three 17th.  While Michaud and Wellman were the models of consistency, Boudreau would put together a significantly more colorful 18 holes.  Back to back birdies at #1 and #2 would get him off and running.  While he would drop a shot on the par three 4th, he would bounce back with birdies at #5, #7 and #8 before dropping another shot on the par four 9th to make the turn in a three under par (-3), 33.  His back nine would start much like the front as he would card his sixth and final birdie of the day at the par five 11th before jumping on the bogey train from #13 to #15 before a double bogey at the last would see him card a four over par (+4), 40, on the back and fall into a tie with Michaud and Wellman with a one over par (+1), 73, total on the day.

In divisional play it is Haddad carrying a one shot lead over Wellman in the second division.  Kingswood Golf’s Wilfrid Pilgrim holds down third spot while a trio of Fredericton Golf Club members Mike Allen (+6, 78), Garry Jenkins (+7, 79) and Bob Maher (+7, 79) round out the top five.

In the third division it is the St. Stephen Golf Course’s Barry Justason holding down top spot.  The Penfield, NB resident would card an opening round five over par (+5), 77, and holds a one shot lead over Gowan Brae’s Paul McLean and is three, four and five shots clear of David Cannon (Maplewood Golf & Country Club), Phillip Doyle (Mill Run Golf & Country Club, in Aurora, ON) and Don Kimball (Lakeside Golf & Country Club) respectively.

The fourth division it is Stephen Wilson holding a nine shot lead over Hampton’s Brian Duplessis and a 10 shots clear of Gowan Brae’s Gordon McLean entering play on day two.

Louis Boudreau holds a three shot lead over the Aroostook Valley Country Club’s Herrick Hansen (+4, 76) in the Super-Senior division, with Gowan Brae’s Gilles Masse (+5, 77) and the Royal Oaks Golf Club’s Bernie Leger (+5, 77) tied for third just four off the pace.

The second round begins Tuesday at 7:30am with the leaders teeing off in the day’s opening paring.

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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