On the green
Stevens among handful of Cape Breton golfers playing for men’s amateur crown
Eskasoni golfer Shayne Stevens in provincial men’s amateur championship.
After meticulously working on his game in the off-season, Shayne Stevens is hoping for a big summer on the provincial golf circuit.
“A lot of my mistakes were around the green, like chipping and putting,” said the 37-yearold from Eskasoni. “During the off-season, I worked hard on it. I practised a lot.”
Stevens will put his hard work to the test at the 2015 MCT Insurance Men’s Amateur provincial championship at Paragon Golf and Country Club in Kingston, N.S. The 72-hole tournament opens today and concludes on Saturday.
Stevens has added plenty of experience to his golf game in recent years. He earned an exemption to play in the inaugural Cape Breton Celtic Classic in 2013. He’s the three-time men’s club champion at his home course at The Lakes Golf Club in Ben Eoin.
Stevens is a gold medalist at the Mi’kmaw Summer Games. He was the inaugural champion of the Nova Scotia Aboriginal Golf Championship in 2010, and in 2008, he won gold at the North American Indigenous Games in Cowichan Valley, B.C.
Stevens said the Paragon layout will be geared to a strong short game.
“The greens are a little bit rough and bumpy, but they’re rolling well,” he said during his practice round on Tuesday. “It’s short. It’s almost like a hidden gem. You can’t hit the driver on every par 4 or par 5.”
The field of 108 players includes a handful of Cape Breton entries. One who will likely challenge the top of the leaderboard is Baddeck native Trevor Chow, who finished in a tie for third place last year at Brightwood Golf and Country Club in Dart- mouth. The Ashburn Golf and Country Club member is a two time mid-amateur champion and would like nothing more than to add a men’s amateur crown to his resumé.
Stevens enters this year’s men’s amateur championship looking to improve on a 42nd place finish last year, but is confident in a strong showing.
“It’s a strong field. We should be seeing a lot of low scores,” he said.
The top three players and an alternate at the conclusion of the tournament will qualify for the Canadian men’s amateur golf championship in Toronto, Aug. 10-13.
The Lakes Golf Club men’s champion Shayne Stevens of Eskasoni is among a small contingent of Cape Breton players competing in the 2015 MCT Insurance Men’s Amateur provincial championship at Paragon Golf and Country Club in Kingston, N.S. The 72-hole tournament opens today.