On the green

Stevens among hand­ful of Cape Bre­ton golfers play­ing for men’s am­a­teur crown

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

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.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

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