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