Roberts & McCarthy and Melanson & Gray lead NB Four Ball Championships
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“Mother Nature” proved to be the biggest player on day one of the 2017 NB Men’s & Senior Men’s Four Ball at the Hampton Golf Club. Despite the wet and windy day providing difficult scoring conditions, the Westfield Golf & Country Club tandem of Neil Roberts and Peter McCarthy jumped out to an early five under par (-5) 32 on the front nine to hold a two-shot lead over Stephane Boudreau of the Royal Oaks Golf Course and Greg Mazerolle of the Rockwood Park Golf Course.
Roberts and McCarthy would start their quest for the “Ralph Costello Shield” with a birdie the 478 yard par five 1st, the par four 3rd and complete their opening nine holes with consecutive birdies on the 6th, 7th and 8th before making the turn. Boudreau and Mazerolle would use the “Slow and Steady” approach to stay within striking distance entering Sunday’s second round. After a bogey on the par four 5th, the pair would bounce back with a birdie on the 666 yard par six 6th and would make another birdie at the 8th to make the turn with a one under par (-1) 36.
Despite their fantastic opening nine, Roberts and McCarthy would only manage one birdie and one bogey on the back nine to remain at five under (-5). With Roberts and McCarthy in cruise control, Boudreau and Mazerolle would close the four shot gap with birdies on the par four 11th and 15th holes to complete their back nine in in two under par (-3) 33 and finish the day two back of the leaders.
In third position with a one over par (+1) 73 is the Westfield team of Nick Earle and Matt Mason. The two would use two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to make the turn with an even par 73 before two more bogeys, offset by a single birdie, would see the pair drop to one over par on the day.
In the hunt for the “Douglas Brewer Shield”, for the low net team in the NB Four Ball, are the team of Matt Garnett (Hampton Golf Club) and Brodie Bourque (Golf NB Players Club). The pair would post four net birdies (on holes 2, 3, 4 & 7) and a net eagle on the par four 9th to fire a blistering net six under par (-6) 31. With an outstanding front nine under their belt, they would par 10 through 15 before net birdies on 16 and 18 would see them in the clubhouse with a net eight under par (-8) 64.
Tied for second net are the teams of Roberts and McCarthy and the father / son tandem of Peter Wedge Sr. and Jr. net five under par (-5) 67’s. While Roberts and McCarthy are playing at scratch, Wedge & Wedge would post net birdies on the par four 3rd, par six 6th, par three 7th and par four 9th. Combine the birdies with a net eagle on the par four 8th and the Wedges would draw even with Garnett and Bourque through nine holes. Another net birdie on the par three 10th would complete a run of five consecutive holes under par and the get pair to a net seven under par (-7) starting their back nine. Net pars from 11 through 17 would keep things close, but a net double bogey, six, on the par four 18th would see the pair fall three back of Garnett & Bourque, and one clear of three teams who sit tied for fourth net, with a net 68.
The Senior Men’s Division the team of Gary Melanson (Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club) and Bob Gray (Maplewood Golf & Country Club) hold a one shot lead over the Sussex Golf & Curling Club pair of Stephen Wilson and Dave Stewart.
Melanson and Gray would double bogey the par four 5th before making birdies on six and eight would bring them back to an even par 37 on the front. For their par the Wilson & Stewart pair would hold a one shot lead through nine holes on the back of a birdies on six and seven offset by a single bogey on the par four 5th.
With an even par front under their belts, Melanson and Gray would make back to back birdies on the par three 10th and par four 11th to get themselves to two under par before giving a stroke back with a bogey on the par five 13th. Pars from #14 home would get the pair in the clubhouse at one under par, one clear of Wilson and Stewart who posted a one over par 36 on the back nine courtesy of a lone bogey on the par four 14th.
Tied in third position with two over par 74`s are the 2016 NB Senior Four Ball Champions Mike Bishop and Stuart Hazlewood, of Hampton, and the Kingswood pair of Wilfrid Pilgrim and Darryl Pupek. Right behind them is a three team log jam at three over (73) are the teams of Louis Boudreau (Pine Needles) & Jean LeBlanc (Fox Creek), Tom Hendershot & Kevin Farmer (Herring Cove) and Robert McIntyre & Gary Swain (Hampton).
In the net division it is Wilson and Stewart leading the way with a net 11 under par (-11), 61. In second, just two shots back, is the Hampton team of Brian Duplessis and John Lockart whose net nine under par (-9), 63 included two net eagles. One on the par three 4th and another on the par four 8th. The Riverside Country Club team of Allan Turnell and Steven Porter round out the top three with an 18 hole net score of eight under par (-8), 64, to sit three back of the leaders.
Sunday`s final round of the NB Men`s & Senior Men`s Four Ball will begin at 8:00am off of the 1st and 10th tees with the leaders teeing off between 9:10am and 9:30am off of hole #1.
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