Farrell, Burke finish up strong at provincials
Chandler siblings make history at Bell Bay Golf Club
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.
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
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.
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.