Fam­ily ties

Cur­rie holds am­a­teur lead at course grand­fa­ther help start

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JASON MAL­LOY

Kris Cur­rie started cut­ting the fair­ways at the Glen Afton Golf Club when he was 10 years old.

All those years on the course ap­peared to serve him well on Fri­day, when he fired a 2-un­der 68. It has the Fairview res­i­dent in the lead af­ter Day 1 of the three­r­ound P.E.I. Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship, pre­sented by Is­land Coastal.

“It’s nice to have a good show­ing, be­ing on your grand­fa­ther’s track,” Cur­rie said Fri­day night. “But it is three days. One day is not enough. You have to be strong for three days.”

Del­mar Cur­rie and two part­ners built the nine-hole course in 1972 and it later ex­panded to 18 holes. Del­mar bought out his part­ners and ran the course. He died in 1996 and left the course to his sons Har­ley and Carl, Kris’ fa­ther.

Carl sold his share to Har­ley in 2000, a year af­ter start­ing Coun­tryview Golf Club.

Kris, who is the su­per­in­ten­dent at Coun­tryview, com­mended Glen Afton su­per­in­ten­dent, Jonathan Cur­rie, who is Kris’ cousin, for the shape of the course.

“The greens were rolling fan­tas­tic,” he said. “They cut and rolled them an hour be­fore we went out and that made a huge dif­fer­ence.”

Kris had seven birdies on Fri­day and said his put­ter was key.

“You have to putt and you have to be in play to score well,” he said. “Fifty per cent of your strokes are on the putting green.”

Tim Yorke leads the mid master di­vi­sion with a 1-over 71.

The se­nior men play their first round to­day be­gin­ning at 8 a.m. while the se­nior women be­gin at 9:20 a.m.

The am­a­teur and mid master women’s di­vi­sions start at 9:40 a.m.

The field in­cludes Ju­lia Hen­der­son, who won her third Nova Sco­tia am­a­teur last week­end at Northum­ber­land Links in Pug­wash by 15 shots. The 21-yearold New Glas­gow, N.S., who played golf while at­tend­ing Gard­ner-Webb Univer­sity in North Carolina, na­tive played a prac­tice round Fri­day at Glen Afton.


Kris Cur­rie watches his tee shot on No. 1 to start the P.E.I. Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship Fri­day at the Glen Afton Golf Club.


Koty Nes­bitt chips out of the sand Fri­day dur­ing the P.E.I. Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship at the Glen Afton Golf Club.

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