Landry Leads by One at 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur & Mid-Amateur Championship
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Day two of the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities Men’s NB Amateur Championship provided marked another perfect day for golf as limited wind and the immaculate conditioning of the Sussex Golf & Curling Club would lead to some early movement on the leaderboard.
While first round leader, Michel Landry of the Fredericton Golf Club would make the turn in a one over par (+1), 37, thanks to bogeys at the first, sixth and seventh offset by birdies at #3 and #5, the chase pack would look to close the gap.
After starting the day four back of Landry, in a tie for second, the Fredericton Golf Club’s Corey McMinniman was the first to make a move. The streaky 20 year old would birdie his opening three holes to cut Landry’s lead to one, before giving a shot back with a bogey at the par five 5th and making the turn with a two under par (-2), 34, within two of the lead. Another young gun making a move up the leader board through the opening nine holes was two time NB Junior Boys Champion Calvin Ross of JH Sports at Kingswood. The Texas State freshman would bounce back from an opening round three over par (+3), 75, with four birdies on the front nine to go along with just a single bogey to make the turn three under par (-3) on the day and even for the tournament.
All in all there were 10 players under par on Sussex`s 3,226 yard front nine, highlighted by the Moncton Golf & Country Club`s Daniel Cyr who fired the low front of side to date with a four under par (-4), 32, that consisted of birdies at #1, #3, #9, a bogey on the par three 6th and an eagle on the par five 5th.
Landry’s back nine would nearly mirror the front. While he would birdie both par fives (#10 and #14) to get himself to one under (-1) on the day, three bogeys coming home, at #15, #17 and #18 would quickly turn an under par round into a two over par (+2), 74, and a two day total of 141. Despite being the only player inside the top five with an over par round in day two, Landry still carries a one shot lead through 36 holes.
Landry’s playing partner, Darren Roach of The Riverside Country Club would continue his steady play following up a first round one under par (-1), 71, with another on day two. Roach, who started the day in a tie for second with McMinniman, would post an even par (E) front nine, that include a birdie at six and a bogey on eight, and a one under par (-1), 35, inward nine, with birdies at #10, #12 and #16 and bogies at #11 and #14, to slide into the clubhouse in solo second, one back of Landry.
For a second consecutive day, an over par back nine holes would cost McMinniman. After starting the day with three straight birdies, and making the turn with a two under (-2), 34, he would bogey the par five 10th, birdie the par five 15th and bogey #16 and #18 to card a final round even par (E), 72. Even with the rocky finish, McMinniman’s two day total of 143 is good enough to see him just two off the lead and earn him a position in Saturday’s final pairing with Landry and Roach.
After making an early move up the leaderboard with a three under par (-3), front nine, Ross would give two shots back with a wild inward nine that started with a lost ball, and a double bogey six, on the par four 11th. He would also sandwich a bogey at the par three 13th with birdies at 12 and 14 and would get himself back to three under for the day with another birdie at #16 before back to back bogeys at #17 and #18 would slow his climb up the leaderboard. In the end he would finish the day with a one under par (-1), 71, a two day total of 146 and alone in fourth position, five back of Landry.
Rounding out the top five is The Riverside Country Club’s Edward Reevey. Reevey would bounce back from a disappointing four over par (+4), 76, on day one to be one of only four players on the day to maneuver his way around the Sussex layout under par. His one under par (-1), 71, for a two day total of 147, would jump him seven posts on the leaderboard and see him finish the day six off of Landry’s pace.
In the Mid-Amateur division Landry and Roach continue to lead the way, with Reevey in third and Country Meadows’ Stu Musgrave sitting fourth after a second round three over par (+3), 75. Tied for fifth are the Westfield Golf & Country Club’s Alex Cunningham (76, 73 = 149) and Rockwood Park’s Peter Wedge (72, 77 = 149).
The turnaround award on day two goes to Kingswood`s Gordon Kay and the Fredericton Golf Club’s Peter McMath. After posting a first round twelve over par (+12), 84, Kay would make birdies at the 1st, 3rd and 4th and bogeys at #2 and #5, he would make the turn in a one under par (-1), 35. A clean back nine would, which included another birdie on the par five 14th, get him into the club house with low round of the day, a two under par (-2), 70, and a 14 shot swing from yesterday vaulting him 31 spots in the standings from T-46 on day one to T-15 through 36 holes. McMath would fire a 19 over par (+19), 91, on day one, but would bounce back with one over par (+1), 37, front nine on day two that saw him post bogeys at #2, #4 and #7 along with birdies on #5 and #9. His back nine would start with another birdie on the par five 10th, but finish with bogeys from #12 through #15 and another on the par four finishing hole. Like Kay, McMath’s 14 shot swing would move him quickly up the leaderboard with a 10 position move from T-62 to T-53.
The third round of the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur Championship will get underway at 7:00am on Saturday July 15th, 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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