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Team NB takes Five Point Advantage into Final Round of 2017 Atlantic Golf Championships

For Immediate Release

Day two of the 2017 Atlantic Golf Championship would see more favorable weather conditions as the high winds that dominated day one, would subside in favor of calm conditions and pleasant temperatures at the par 72, Cornish & Robinson designed, Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club in Hartland, NB.

Originally contested at the Bell Bay Golf Club, in Bedeck, NS, in 2014, 2017 mark the fourth installment of the Atlantic Golf Championships where teams from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador compete for both the “Atlantic Cup”, and individual exemptions over eight (8) separate division and four age categories, there are eight (8) into the 2018 Canadian Championships.

In the Amateur Men’s division it was New Brunswick’s Michel Landry of the Fredericton Golf Club holding a two shot lead over PEI’s Jeff Hughes (Belvedere Golf & Country Club) entering Friday’s second round action, but while Landry would play some steady golf, a bogey on his opening hole, the par four 10th, combined with a Hughes birdie, would wipe the slate clean.  Landry would take a three shot lead thanks to consecutive Hughes bogey from #11 through #13 and would extend his lead to four with a birdie at the par five 18th.  The pair would fire dueling bogeys at the par four 2nd before Hughes would cut his deficit in half with back to back birdies at the 5th and 6th.  Heading to the 7th tee with a two shot lead Landry would hit a wayward tee shot and end up triple bogeying difficult 200 yard par three, seeing him leave the green one back of Hughes.   Hughes will take a two shot lead over Landry into Saturday’s final round courtesy of another birdie on the par four 9th that would see him fire a two under par (-2), 34, on his back nine and match the low round of the day (shot by NB’s Stu Musgrave) with an even par (E), 72.

Moving into third position is PEI’s Stephen Anderson (80, 73, +9, 153), of the Links at Crowbush Cove.  While he would birdie his second hole of the day, the par four 11th, the member of the UNB Varsity Red Hockey program, would have a rough start thanks to a bogey at the 12th, a double bogey at the par three 13th and another bogey on the par four 15th, to fall to three over par through six holes.  He would right the ship with back to back pars at #16 and #17 before turning it up with four consecutive birdies from #18 through #3, to get one under par on the day through 12 holes.  His birdie binge would come to a screeching halt with bogeys at the 4th, 5th and 7th before another birdie on the par four 9th would see him post a one over par (+1), 73, on the day and push him into solo third, two shots clear of NB’s Tom Cameron and Peter Wedge.

Nova Scotia’s Cristal Fitzpatrick (79, 75, +10, 154), of the Eaglequest Grandview Golf &Country Club, continues to lead the Amateur Women’s division following her second round three over par (+3), 75.  Fitzpatrick would start like a house on fire with birdies at #1, #4 and #5 to quickly get herself to three under par on the day and four over par (+4), for the event.  She would give two shots back with a double bogey at the par three 7th, but would bounce back with a birdie at the eighth to make the turn in a two under par (-2), 34.  Fitzpatrick’s roll would come to a halt with a bogey at the par four 11th and four straight from #14 through #17, to post an inward nine of five over par (+5), 41 and push her to 10 over par (+10) for the tournament.

Moving into solo second, with an up and down Friday round of eight over par (+8), 80, was New Brunswick’s Jescynda Hotham (84, 80, +20, 164).  The Country Meadows Golf Club member would post three birdies, seven pars, six bogeys and two others to climb one shot clear of teammate Maureen O’Donnell (84, 81, +21, 165), of the Fredericton Golf Club, and ten shots off of Fitzpartick’s pace.

New Brunswick’s Stuart Musgrave (74, 72, +2, 146), of the Country Meadows Golf Club, would leap past PEI’s Tim Yorke (71, 76, +3, 147), of the Andersons Creek Golf Club, to take the 36 hole lead in the Mid-Master Division.  With a 10th tee start, Musgrave would be ultra-consistent on his opening nine carding eight pars and a birdie, at the par three 17th, to Yorke`s two bogeys, at #10 and #11, to erase his opening round three shot deficit through nine holes.

The pair would trade shots on their inward nine with Musgrave bogeying the 2nd, birdieing the 3rd and posting back to back bogeys on the par four 5th and par five 6th.  Yorke’s card would be eerily similar with a bogey at the 4th, a birdie at the 5th and back to back bogeys on the par three 7th and par four 8th.  With the two deadlocked at three over through 35 holes, Musgrave’s birdie at the par four 9th would give him an even par (E), 72, on the day and push him one shot clear of Yorke entering Saturday’s final round.

Holding down third position is New Brunswick’s Chris Bunting (74, 74, +4, 148).  Bunting would card three bogeys, at #10, #13 and #15, on his outward nine to make the turn with a three over par (+3), 39, but eight pars and a birdie, at the par four 3rd, would see him close his day with a one under par (-1), 35, on his inward nine holes to pull into solo third, one shot clear of teammate Dan Coulombe (74, 75, +5, 149), of the Fredericton Golf Club.

The Mid-Master Ladies division has Charlottetown`s Melissa Castle continues to lead after a second round 85, for a two day total of 168.  The Belvedere Golf & Country Club member recorded three bogeys and four others on route to her second round 13 over par (+13).  Separating herself from the three player chase pack was the Fredericton Golf Club’s Mary Walton-Rossignol.  Walton-Rossignol would card 10 bogeys and eight pars on route to a second round 82, and an eight shot swing from her first round 90, and a two day total of 172.  In third position is New Brunswick’s Erin Musgrave, of the Country Meadows Golf Club.  Musgrave would better her first round 90 by two shots on day two and posted a birdie, eight bogeys and four others on route to her second round 16 over par (+16), 88, to climb into solo third, 10 shots off the pace, six back of second and one clear of club mate Shelley Thomas who holds down fourth position.

The Senior Men`s division has NB`s Mike Hosford (78, 77, +11, 155), of the Royal Oaks Golf Club, has opened up a two stroke lead on PEI`s Malcolm Reid, of the Stanhope Golf & Country Club.  While the pair shared the 18 hole lead, after posting six over par (+6), 78`s, on day one, Hosford would fall one back of Reid through nine holes, as a double bogey on the par five 12th and bogeys at #14, #15 and #18 would see him make the turn in a five over par (+5), 41, compared to Reid’s four over par (+4), 40, that saw him bogey #13 and #15 through #17.

While Reid would give his one shot lead right back with a bogey at the par five 1st the pair would post dueling birdies at the 4th and bogeys at the 7th to go shot for shot to the ninth tee.  While Hosford would both par their 345 yard finishing hole, Reid would double bogey to enter the clubhouse with a three over par (+3), back nine, a second round seven over par (+7), 79, and a two shot deficit entering the third and final round of action.

Jumping into a tie for third with New Brunswick’s Gary Melanson (82, 77, +15, 159), four shots off the pace is Newfoundland & Labrador’s Colin Budgell. Budgell (85, 74, +15, 159), a member of the Bally Haly Golf & Country Club, would climb the leaderboard courtesy of his second round, two over par (+2), 74, to join Melanson.

New Brunswick’s Jean LeBlanc (77, 76, +9, 153), of the Fox Creek Golf Club, holds the 36 hole lead after carding a second round four over par (+4), 76.  The Dieppe, NB resident posted two birdies, four bogies and a double as he extended his two shot 18 hole lead to four through two rounds of play.  Alone in second is PEI’s Mel Bernard (79, 78, +13, 157).  The Andersons Creek member would post a birdie, three bogeys and two double bogey on route to his six over par (+6), 79, to remain move one more shot clear of Don Boland (80, 79, +7, 159).

New Brunswick’s Paula Napke-Flanagan (79, 77, +12, 156) extended her two shot lead in the Senior Women’s division with a five over par (+5), 77, on day two.  The Miramichi Golf & Country Club member would post two birdies, on #14 and #18, three bogeys and two doubles on the day and sits five shots clear of Stratford, PEI’s Sherry White (84, 77, +17, 161) entering Saturday’s action.  White would jump past her teammate Chrissie MacLaughlin (81, 83, +11, 164) into solo second with a 77 of her own that consisted of a birdie, six bogeys and 11 pars, while MacLaughlin’s 11 over par (+11), 83 would see her fall three shots out of second and eight shots off of Napke-Flanagan’s pace.

Fredericton, NB`s Penny Dickeson (95, 87, +38, 182), holds a nine shot lead over Lorrain MacDonald (99, 92, +47, 191) of Kensington, PEI and the Red Sands Golf Club in the Women`s Super-Senior Division.

In the race for the Atlantic Cup, it is Team NB currently holding a five point lead over two time defending Atlantic Cup Champions, Team PEI.  Holding leads in five of the six divisions, had Team NB with a total of 23 points, compared to Team PEI`s 18 points, Team NS`s 9 points and Team NL`s 2 points.

Amateur Men Team Standings Amateur Women Team Standings
Team Points Total Team Points Total
Team PEI 4 +13 Team NB 4 +4183
Team NB 3 +15 Team NS 3 +38
Team NS 2 +36 Team PEI 2 +44
Team NL 0 Team NL 0

 

Mid-Master Men Team Standings Mid-Master Women Team Standings
Team Points Total Team Points Total
Team NB 4 +6 Team NB 4 +62
Team PEI 3 +16 Team PEI 3 +64
Team NS 2 +33 Team NS 0
Team NL 0 Team NL 0

 

Senior Men Team Standings Senior Women Team Standings
Team Points Total Team Points Total
Team NB 4 +20 Team NB 4 +31
Team PEI 3 +25 Team PEI 3 +37
Team NL 2 +30 Team NS 2 +96
Team NS 0 Team NL 0

 

Total Team Standings
Team Points
Team NB 23
Team PEI 18
Team NS 9
Team NL 2

The third round of the 2017 Atlantic Golf Championship will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday August 19, 2017 off of the Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club`s first and tenth tees.

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