Reevey Clings to one shot Lead at 2017 NB Mid-Master Championship

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The Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club would show its teeth on day two of the 2017 NB Mid-Master Championship.  At day`s end, first round leader, and two time defending champion, Ed Reevey of The Riverside Country Club`s four shot lead had shrunk to just one and set the stage for a Wednesday shootout to decide the 2017 NB Mid-Master Champion.

With a 10th tee start, Reevey and company would immediately be playing into the teeth of C.E. (Robby) Robinson par 72 layout.  A birdie on the par five 11th would get Reevey to four under par (-4) for the championship, but bogeys at the 12th, 15th and 18th combined with his triple bogey, six, on the par three 17th would see him make the turn in 41 and two over (+2) for the championship.

Things would get no better for Reevey on the front nine, as he would bogey the par four 1st, the par three 3rd and the par four 5th.  His lone birdie on the side would come at the par five 2nd, but a two over par (+2), 38, on the front would see him come back to the pack with a seven over par (+7), 79, on day two for a two day total of 148.

Hot on Reevey’s heels is the tandem of Fredericton’s Tony MacKinnon and Country Meadows’ Greg Jones.  MacKinnon would card a four over par (+4), 76, on the day courtesy of a two over par opening nine, that consisted of a birdie at #11, a bogey at #13 and a double bogey on the par four 18th.  Two birdies at #2 and #4 would help to salvage a front nine that would see MacKinnon also post two bogeys, at #3 and #6, and a double at the par four 7th.

Despite a bogey on his opening hole, the 10th, Jones would fire an opening nine one over par (+1), 37, to make up ground on both Reevey and MacKinnon.  A birdie at the par five 11th would get his dropped shot back and pars from #12 through #16 would see him pick up two shots on Reevey and one on MacKinnon.  A final bogey at the par three 17th would round out his opening nine, but he would get the shot right back with a birdie at the 1st.  A double bogey, six, on the par four 5th would cost Jones a shot at the 36 hole lead, while another at the 7th would see him fall into a tie for second with MacKinnon, one shot off Reevey’s pace.

Lurking in forth position is 2006 NB Mid-Master Champion, Darren Ritchie of the Hampton Golf Club.  Making his return to the Provincial Championship scene for the first time in years, Ritchie would card a three over par (+3), 75, on day two thanks to birdies at #14 and #2 offset by bogeys at #12, #16, #18, #6 and #9.  His two day total of 151 is good enough to slot him into fourth alone, three back of Reevey and in position to make a move in Wednesday’s final round.

Tied for fifth are the Miramichi Golf & Country Club’s Kevin MacAllister (78, 76, +10, 154) and Ken Barter (78, 76, +10, 154) of the Petitcodiac Valley Golf & Country Club.

Leading the second division is the Aroostook Valley Golf & Country Club`s Stephen Clark (76, 80, +8, 156).  Clark would card a second round eight over par (+8), 80, on day two to hold a one shot lead over the Fox Creek Golf Club`s Jamie Melanson (80, 77, +13, 157) and Andrew Whitty (81, 76, +13, 157).  The top five is completed by Aroostook`s Chad Arnold (76, 82, +14, 158) and the Moncton Golf & Country Club`s Darren Church (80, 78, +14, 158) who sit tied for fourth.

Ken Barter holds down top spot in the third division, six shots clear of Golf Pokemouche`s Rino LeBlanc (81, 79, +16, 160) and seven clear of first round leader Mike Fougere (78, 83, +17, 161) of the Royal Oaks Golf Club.  Richard Moulton (84, 79, +19, 163) of Aroostook Valley sits in fourth position while Kingswood Golf`s Scott Lockhart (85, 80, +21, 165) and Gowan Brae`s Francois Duguay (86, 79, +21, 165) are tied for fourth nine shots off the pace.

In addition to the 2017 NB Mid-Master Championship, the top two Mid-Master finishers will earn the opportunity to represent New Brunswick at the 2017 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, to be held from August 22 to 25, 2017 in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the Wascana Country Club.

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