Reevey Claims Third Consecutive NB Mid-Master Championship
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Thirty six (36) of the provinces top Mid-Maser aged golfers, 40 years of age and over, took on the challenge of one of New Brunswick’s best championship venues, and in the end it was The Riverside Country Club’s Edward Reevey who conquered the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club’s 6,400 yard layout, and bested 35 others to claim his third consecutive NB Mid-Master Championships.
Ed Reevey, who held both the 18 hole and 36 hole leads started the day one shot clear of both the Fredericton Golf Club’s Tony MacKinnon and the Country Meadows Golf Club’s Greg Jones, but would give up a shot early, making bogey at the par four 1st, creating a three way tie for the lead through 37 holes. He would get the shot right back however with a birdie on the par five 2nd to move one clear of MacKinnon. Jones would keep pace birdieing the 2nd as well but would soon see a three shot swing as a bogey at the par three sixth, combined with Reevey’s back to back birdies at #4 and #5 would see him fall three back of the leader.
After posting five pars to start his round, MacKinnon would bogey both the 6th and 7th before matching Reevey’s birdie on the par five 8th and making another birdie at the 9th, after hitting his approach to two feet, to make the turn in an even par (E), 36, four shots off the lead.
Reevey’s outward nine of three under par (-3), 33, would get him back to one over par (+1) through 45 holes and provide a three shot cushion on Jones as he chased his third consecutive NB Mid-Master Championship.
MacKinnon would look to get back into the conversation early on the back side with a birdie at the par five 11th, his third in four holes, but back to back bogeys at the par four 12th and 13th would drop him five back of Reevey and prove to be too large a mountain to climb coming home.
With victory in his sights, Reevey wouldn’t give an inch on the inward nine. Birdies at #12 and #13 would extend his lead over Jones to five, and a Jones bogey at the 16th would see Reevey walk to the traitorous 17th tee with a six shot lead, and just two to play.
Reevey would put it in cruise control coming home, carding back to back bogeys at #17 and #18 on his way to a final round three under par (-3), 69, a three day total one over par (+1), 217, and a four shot victory over Jones and five clear of MacKinnon.
Having already secured his position on Team NB, by virtue of his third place finish at the 2017 RBC Dominion Securities NB Men’s Amateur Championships, Reevey, and club mate Darren Roach, will be joined by Jones, whose second place finish was good enough to lock down the third and final team position for the upcoming 2017 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, to be held from August 22 to 25, 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the Wascana Country Club.
Claiming second division honors was Jamie Melanson of the Fox Creek Golf Club. Melanson, a native of the Bathurst area, used some local knowledge in firing a third round two over par (+2), 74, to go with a first round 80 and a second round 77, to card a three day total of fifteen over par (+15), 231, good for a one shot victory over Andrew Whitty of the Restigouche Country Club. In third and fourth positions respectively were Stephen Clark (76, 80, 80, +20, 236) and Chad Arnold (76, 82, 81, +23, 239) of the Aroostook Valley Country Club. Sliding into fifth position was Barry Gallant (85, 77, 78, +24, 240) The Riverside Country Club.
In the third division it was the Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club’s Ken Barter claiming top spot with a final round eleven over par (+11), 83, and a three day total of 21 over par (+21), 237, while Royal Oaks’ Mike Fougere and Golf Pokemouche’s Rino LeBlanc were tied for second with three day totals of 244. Gowan Brae’s Francois Duguay (86, 79, 81, +9, 246) would finish in fourth position while Hampton’s Kent DeMerchant (87, 86, 78, +6, 251) and Kingswood Golf’s Scott Lockhart (85, 80, 86, +14, 251) would finish tied for fifth.
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