Course play­ing tough at NSGA event

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

PUG­WASH — Ruth Maxwell may be atop the leader­board at the Nova Sco­tia se­nior women’s golf cham­pi­onship, but it was the course that came out on top on the first day of play at the 54- hole tour­na­ment. Maxwell, who golfs out of the Oak­field Club, man­aged four birdies at the Northum­ber­land Links Golf Club, but eight bo­geys and a triple­bo­gey meant the 2014 Cana­dian women’s su­per se­nior cham­pion walked off the course with a seven­over 79. Fol­low­ing close be­hind af­ter the first day of play are for­mer Syd­ney res­i­dent and two- time Lin­gan club cham­pion Joanie McCarville (Ashburn), 80; Deb­bie Arse­nault (Grand­view), 81; Les­lie Houde ( Paragon), 82; and Con­nie Walker (Oak­field), 84. Glace Bay’s Debi Kar­rel, the 2010 cham­pion, who now re­sides in Bed­ford and golfs out of the Ashburn Golf and Coun­try Club, shot 90 and sits tied for 15th place, 11 strokes be­hind the leader. “My game wasn’t quite what I wanted to­day — oh well, to­mor­row is another day and hope­fully a lower score,” said Kar­rel. The top three fin­ish­ers and an al­ter­nate will rep­re­sent Nova Sco­tia at the na­tional cham­pi­onship in Cam­lachie, Ont., Aug. 26- 28 Mean­while, 21- year- old Ju­lia Hen­der­son, of New Glas­gow’s Aber­crom­bie Coun­try Club, lead’s the Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s women’s am­a­teur cham­pi­onship by a whop­ping nine strokes af­ter she shot a two- un­der par 70 at the Northum­ber­land Links. Hen­der­son also won the 2012 and 2014 ti­tles.

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