Far­rell, Burke fin­ish up strong at provin­cials

Chan­dler sib­lings make history at Bell Bay Golf Club

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

Cape Bre­ton golfers faired well at the Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s ju­nior, ju­ve­nile and ban­tam cham­pi­onships that wrapped up Thurs­day at Bell Bay Golf Club.

Aubrey Far­rell of Howie Cen­tre fin­ished third in the boys ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion and sixth over­all with a four-round to­tal of 19 over par. He carded a 4-over-par 76 in the fi­nal round.

Far­rell, who golfs out of Lin­gan but joined the Seav­iew ju­nior team for this week’s event, said it was good to play in a pres­sure sit­u­a­tion like a pro­vin­cial golf cham­pi­onship.

“I’ve been work­ing re­ally hard for it,” said the 16-year-old. “Mostly work­ing on my short game, my chip­ping, in prepa­ra­tion for this.”

With his fin­ish, Far­rell is el­i­gi­ble to rep­re­sent the province at the At­lantic Match Play Cham­pi­onship at the Amherst Golf Club, Aug. 25-27. He also earned an ex­emp­tion into the 2015 Cana­dian Ju­nior Boys Cham­pi­onship in Vau­dreuil-Do­rion, Que., Aug. 3-6.

Seav­iew ju­nior team mem­ber Mitchell Burke placed sixth among ju­nior boys and 13th over­all. He fin­ished the tour­na­ment at 26 over par, and con­cluded play with a 9-over-par 81.

“It was a bit soggy, but over­all, the course was in pretty good con­di­tion con­sid­er­ing the weather that hap­pened last night,” said the 17-year-old from North Syd­ney. Rain de­layed play on Wed­nes­day into Thurs­day morn­ing. “I wasn’t im­pressed. I got off to a bad start and re­cov­ered on the back.”

The Ch­ester Golf and Coun­try Club duo of Matthew and Al­li­son Chan­dler be­came the first brother/sis­ter com­bi­na­tion to each win a ju­nior ti­tle. Matthew, a ju­ve­nile, won both di­vi­sions.

Al­li­son held off a late-round surge by Ken Wo Golf and Coun- try Club mem­ber Meghan McLean to win by one stroke. McLean, who claimed the ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion, birdied four of her last five holes.

En route to the ti­tle, she also set a com­pet­i­tive course record on Tues­day with a 3-un­der-par 69.

“When we walked off the 18th, we didn’t even know who won be­cause (McLean) made those three birdies at the end and I made a cou­ple of pars,” said 17- year-old Al­li­son Chan­dler, a 2011 ban­tam and 2013 ju­ve­nile cham­pion. “It was a fun four days.”

The pro­vin­cial girls team will in­clude Chan­dler, McLean, Heather McLean of Ken Wo and al­ter­nate Ha­ley Baker of Ashburn. They’ll com­pete at the na­tional ju­nior cham­pi­onship York­ton, Sask., Aug. 4-7.

Matthew Chan­dler was the lone player to fin­ish be­low par in the en­tire field. He fin­ished at 2 un­der par over the four-day event, and capped things off with a 1-un­der-par 71 on Thurs­day.

“The soft con­di­tions made the course getable,” Chan­dler, 16, said af­ter his first pro­vin­cial boys cham­pi­onship win. “I knew I could have a low score if I could just keep the ball in play.”

He’ll be joined on the pro­vin­cial team at na­tion­als in Que­bec by Ashburn golfers Shaun Marge­son and Ewan Kelly, with another Ashburn player, An­drew Hard­ing, act­ing as an al­ter­nate.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Aubrey Far­rell of Howie Cen­tre fires an ap­proach on No. 16 at Bell Bay Golf Club on Thurs­day. Far­rell put in a strong show­ing at the Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s ju­nior, ju­ve­nile

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Mitchell Burke of North Syd­ney, a mem­ber at Seav­iew Golf and Coun­try Club, chips on to the green on No. 18 at the Nova Sco­tia Golf As­so­ci­a­tion’s ju­nior, ju­ve­nile and ban­tam cham­pi­onships Thurs­day at Bell Bay in Baddeck.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Brother and sis­ter duo Matthew and Al­li­son Chan­dler of Ch­ester Golf and Coun­try Club were over­all win­ners at the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship Thurs­day at Bell Bay in Baddeck.

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