Golf cham­pi­onship

Baddeck na­tive Trevor Chow fin­ishes third, Cox­heath’s Bar­ring­ton fifth

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

Lene­han tops at Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion men’s mid-am­a­teur cham­pi­onship.

Cape Bre­ton golfers made a push for the ti­tle on Sun­day, but it was Cole Har­bour’s Stu­art Lene­han that fin­ished on top at the 2015 Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion men’s mid-am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Seav­iew Golf and Coun­try Club.

The Grand­view Golf and Coun­try Club mem­ber played in the fi­nal group with Truro’s Paul Coul­son and Baddeck na­tive Trevor Chow. Lene­han pulled away by carding the day’s best round, a 4-un­der-par 67, to hold off Coul­son who fin­ished in sec­ond place at 2 un­der.

It was the first mid-am­a­teur tour­na­ment for the 25-year-old Lene­han.

“There’s a lot of good golfers here and there were a hand­ful of us un­der par to fin­ish,” he said. “You can’t have a round off. If you had one bad round, you were pretty well out of it. There were other guys play­ing good golf and you re­ally had to be on top of your game.

“It feels re­ally good to be able to say you’re a pro­vin­cial cham­pion of any­thing at any level. It’s nice that it’s at this one.”

Chow carded a 2-over-par 73 to fin­ish in a tie for third place at 1 un­der with fel­low Ashburn golfer Glenn Robin­son. The club mates needed three play­off holes to de­ter­mine who would be the third mem­ber of the Nova Sco­tia team to com­pete at na­tion­als and who would be the al­ter­nate. Robin­son came out on top in the end over Chow, a two-time mida­ma­teur cham­pion.

“Stu­art played an in­cred­i­ble round and I just couldn’t keep up,” said the 38-year-old Chow, who lives in Ham­monds Plains. “Prob­a­bly be­tween holes eight through 12, I just had a real hard time with my swing and mishit a lot of shots and made a few bo­gies and ac­tu­ally came out of those holes bet­ter than I should have. I gave my­self a chance, but just couldn’t make as many birdies as I needed to.”

Seav­iew golfer Aaron Bar­ring­ton of Cox­heath surged in the fi­nal round and fin­ished in fifth place. He shot one of the best rounds of the day, a 3-un­der-par 68, and was 5 un­der on the front nine. Bar­ring­ton also earned a spot at na­tion­als as well, but is still up in the air if he’ll be able to at­tend due to work com­mit­ments.

“It was great out there,” said the 31-year-old, home from his teach­ing job in Fort McMur­ray, Alta. “I had my dad (Bill) cad­dy­ing for me, so I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated hav­ing him around and I made ev­ery­thing on the front and thought I shot 29, but ended up with 30. Ev­ery­body played so well, all the lead­ers, and I couldn’t catch them.”

Thomas Xi­dos of The Lakes Golf Club also put in a strong fi­nal round, carding a 3-un­der 68. The Beech­mont res­i­dent fin­ished in 11th place at nine over par.

Another Seav­iew golfer, Jack Chafe, placed 13th by fin­ish­ing at 11 over par.

He en­tered the club­house with an even par 71.

The top three play­ers, Lene­han, Coul­son, and Robin­son, will rep­re­sent Nova Sco­tia with Chow as an al­ter­nate at the na­tional men’s mid-am­a­teur cham­pi­onship Aug. 25-28 at Aber­crom­bie Golf Club in New Glas­gow.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion men’s mid-am­a­teur cham­pion Stu­art Lene­han of Cole Har­bour, left, is con­grat­u­lated by Trevor Chow of Baddeck on the 18th green at Seav­iew Golf and Coun­try Club on Sun­day.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Stu­art Lene­han of Cole Har­bour cap­tured the Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion men’s mid-am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Seav­iew Golf and Coun­try Club in North Syd­ney on Sun­day. He fin­ished at 5 un­der par.

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