Seav­iew to host Nova Sco­tia mid-am­a­teur

More than 100 golfers tak­ing part in pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY DAVID JALA

Some of the best am­a­teur golfers in Nova Sco­tia will tee it up at the Seav­iew Golf and Coun­try Club in this week­end’s MCT In­sur­ance Men’s Mid Am­a­teur.

More than 100 golfers are tak­ing part in the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship that was orig­i­nally set for Lin­gan, but moved to the North Syd­ney golf club due to sig­nif­i­cant win­ter dam­age on the ven­er­a­ble course.

The field in­cludes 2014 cham­pion Bill Burns, of Lin­gan, who will be back try­ing to de­fend his ti­tle, and Baddeck’s Ernie Sheaves, who cap­tured last year’s Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Men’s cham­pi­onship.

The host club will be rep­re­sented by 13 mem­bers, in­clud­ing Howie Cen­tre’s Jack Chafe, who fin­ished in sixth place when Seav­iew hosted the 2007 Nova Sco­tia men’s am­a­teur cham­pi­onship.

“My game’s in good shape, so I’m look­ing to play well this week, and, hope­fully, some lo­cal knowl­edge will give the Seav­iew guys a bit of an ad­van­tage,” said Chafe, who rec­og­nized club­mate Aaron Bar­ring­ton as a pos­si­ble con­tender.

Bar­ring­ton, 25, splits his time be­tween Cape Bre­ton and Fort McMur­ray, and, like Chafe, fared well at the 2007 Nova Sco­tia am­a­teur that he played in while still a teenager.

Along with Burns, Lin­gan will be send­ing a con­tin­gent of 12 golfers to its ri­val club, in­clud­ing Glace Bay’s Ryan Boutilier and re­cent Cape Bre­ton Sports Hall of Fame in­ductee ( hockey) Wayne Muir.

Other no­table en­trants in- clude last year’s mid am­a­teur run­ner-up Glenn Robin­son, of Lower Sackville, and Trevor Chow, a Baddeck na­tive now liv­ing in the Hal­i­fax area.

Seav­iew pres­i­dent Dave Fen­nell said it’s a feather in the hat of the North Syd­ney club to once again be host­ing a top pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment.

“We’re pleased to be host­ing it — the course is in good shape and we’re hop­ing it will pro­vide a chal­lenge to the play­ers,” he said.

“We es­pe­cially like the fact that the 18th hole is a very dif­fi­cult fin­ish­ing hole and what hap­pens there on Sun­day could de­cide the tour­na­ment.”

Hal­i­fax- based golfers Mark Pothier and Jas­son Thi­bodeau ar­rived at the north­side lay­out late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We both played in the Nova Sco­tia am­a­teur last week and we just played Cabot Links, which we thought was great,” said Pothier, who is hop­ing to im­prove on his 14th-place fin­ish in last week­end’s men’s am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at the Paragon Golf and Coun­try Club in Kingston.

The three- round tour­na­ment gets un­der­way Fri­day and wraps up Sun­day.

Mean­while, the Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s slate of pro­vin­cial tour­na­ments con­tin­ues next week when Baddeck’s Bell Bay Golf Club plays host to the ban­tam and ju­nior boys and girls cham­pi­onships.

DAVID JALA/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Hal­i­fax-based golfers Jason Thi­bodeau, left, and Mark Pothier ar­rived at the Seav­iew Golf and Coun­try Club a cou­ple of days early to pre­pare for this week­end’s Nova Sco­tia MCT In­sur­ance Men’s Mid Am­a­teur. The three-round tour­na­ment for play­ers over the age of 25 be­gins Fri­day and wraps up on Sun­day.

Burns

Chafe

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