Open­ing day

Con­sta­ble look­ing for good show­ing at am­a­teur cham­pi­onship

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JASON MAL­LOY THE GUARDIAN

The P.E.I. Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship be­gins to­day at Glen Afton Golf Club.

Adam Con­sta­ble wants to stay fo­cus and con­cen­trate on his game to­day as he pre­pares for the open­ing round of the P.E.I. Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship.

The 28-year-old Cornwall res­i­dent has home-course ad­van­tage at the Glen Afton Golf Club for the three-round cham­pi­onship, pre­sented by Is­land Coastal.

“It’s my home course, so I imag­ine there will be a lit­tle pres­sure just be­ing at home,” Con­sta­ble said Thurs­day af­ter­noon. “I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to it and I def­i­nitely have high ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Con­sta­ble had a good fi­nal day at the Avon­dale Open and was tied for the lead af­ter the first day at last week­end’s Mill River Open.

He cur­rently sits third in the player of the year se­ries with the am­a­teur worth twice as many points as the other tour­na­ments in the se­ries.

Con­sta­ble said there were a fewer groups of golfers at Glen Afton this week pre­par­ing for the cham­pi­onship. He shared a cou­ple of tips with them and added the course is in good shape.

“You just have to keep the ball in play and hit as many greens as you can in reg­u­la­tion,” Con­sta­ble said. “It’s a course you can re­ally go shoot a low score, but if you’re not straight off the tees, you can find a lit­tle bit of trou­ble.”

This is the first time in a few years the men’s am­a­teur and mid master di­vi­sions are three­r­ound cham­pi­onships.

Tim Yorke said the three­r­ound tour­na­ment should be a bet­ter gauge of who is the best player.

“You get a guy that can play hot one day and hang on the next,” he said.

Yorke said he ex­pects ex­pe­ri­ence and player’s men­tal ap­proach to be key this week­end.

“You don’t have to hit the panic but­ton and think you have to shoot 68 the first day,” he said. “Go out and play a de­cent round of golf and see where the scores are af­ter Day 1.”

The se­nior and women’s di­vi­sions be­gin Satur­day and play a two-round for­mat.

To­day’s draw for the P.E.I. Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship, pre­sented by Is­land Coastal, at the Glen Afton Golf Club.

Men’s am­a­teur

Noon – Cody MacKay, Scott Mor­ton and Brodie Ward. 12:10 p.m. – Luke Allen, Martin O’Brien and Jason Camp­bell. 12:20 p.m. – Adam Con­sta­ble, Kyle Camp­bell and Alex Dun­phy. 12:30 p.m. – Kris Cur­rie, Koty Nes­bitt and An­drew Cody. 12:40 p.m. – Will O’Brien, David Keough and Paul Gormley. 12:50 p.m. – Alex Tay­lor, Shawn Hughes and Tay­lor Mur­phy. 1 p.m. – Tyler Col­lette, Adam Gallant and Brodie McGre­gor. 1:10 p.m. – Ricky Knock­wood, Jeremy Gallant and Tyson Gavin. *****

Mid master men

1:20 p.m. – Tim Yorke, Cameron King and Dave Can­tello. 1:30 p.m. – Dar­ren Martell, Steven Gamester and Mark Somers. 1:40 p.m. – Jarmo Puiras and Jan Benebik. 1:50 p.m. – Doug Gallant and Thane Thom­son.

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