Blair Bursey nom­i­nated for pro­vin­cial sports award

Awards to be an­nounced April 8 in St. John’s

The Beacon (Gander) - - Sports -

Blair Bursey of Gan­der is in the run­ning for a pro­vin­cial sports award.

He has been nom­i­nated for the Ferd Hay­ward Memo­rial Award for Se­nior Male Ath­lete of the Year.

Bursey is a mem­ber of the Gan­der Golf Club and the Utah Val­ley Univer­sity Golf Team. Dur­ing the 2016 sea­son he ac­cu­mu­lated 17,750 points on the Golf New­found­land Labrador’s Or­der of Merit to be named the Male Am­a­teur Golfer of the Year.

In 2016, Bursey won the Pro­vin­cial Men’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year and af­ter lead­ing for the first three days at the Cana­dian Na­tional Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships, fin­ished the com­pe­ti­tion tied for fifth place.

Bursey was also the cap­tain of Team NL that won the 2016 Na­tional Willing­don Cup In­ter­provin­cial Team Cham­pi­onship.

That team is up for the Edward P. Browne Memo­rial Award for Team of the Year.

Bursey, Nathan Peters of Clovelly and Mid-Am­a­teur and Se­nior Cham­pion Chuck Con­ley of Bally Haly Coun­try Club recorded a two day to­tal of 281 to take the gold medal with a two stroke win over Team On­tario in the In­ter-pro­vin­cial team com­pe­ti­tion at the 2016 Cana­dian Men’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships in Gatineau Que­bec.

Through 2016, Blair teed off in 18 com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing 12 univer­sity events, three state and three pro­vin­cial/na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

From those 18 events, he won two cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the Ban­don Dunes NCAA Cham­pi­onship, In­di­vid­ual Medal­ist Hon­ors, placed in the top five at seven events and fin­ished in the top 10 on 11 oc­ca­sions.

Other fi­nal­ists for the ath­lete of the year award are Sean Cleary (soft­ball) and Pa­trick Par­frey (rugby).

An­other Cen­tral New­found­land res­i­dent has also been nom­i­nated for an award.

Base­ball player Dave Janes of Grand Falls-Wind­sor is up for the Gra­ham Snow Memo­rial Award Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year Award. Janes was nom­i­nated for his work in build­ing and de­vel­op­ing mi­nor base­ball in his home­town.

hn Cowan (rugby) and Paul F. Smith (soft­ball) are the other fi­nal­ists for the award.

The awards will be pre­sented dur­ing the Stars and Le­gends Awards Gala on April 8 in St. John’s.

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Blair Bursey of Gan­der has been nom­i­nated for the pro­vin­cial Male Ath­lete of the year Award.

Blair Bursey

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