Chas­ing the crown

De­fend­ing cham­pion Tim Yorke says Lob­ster Fes­ti­val Golf Tour­na­ment is key in his chase for pro­vin­cial player-of-the-year hon­ours

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY DAVE STEWART dstew­art@the­ Twit­­wart

Tim Yorke looks to de­fend his men’s Lob­ster Fes­ti­val golf ti­tle this week­end and pick up vi­tal points in the race for player-of-the-year hon­ours.

Kens­ing­ton’s Tim Yorke says there is a lot on the line this week­end.

Yorke is back to de­fend his ti­tle in the Lob­ster Fes­ti­val Golf Tour­na­ment ( for­merly the Clark’s Toy­ota Cup) at the Summerside Golf Club.

“I’m num­ber two in points so it’s a big tour­na­ment for me to catch up on the num­ber one guy,’’ Yorke said, re­fer­ring to Jason Camp­bell who has been red hot of late, win­ning am­a­teur tour­na­ments at Mill River and Glen Afton re­cently.

The two-round, 36-hole Lob­ster Car­ni­val tour­na­ment goes Satur­day and Sun­day.

Play­ers ac­cu­mu­late points in the player-of-the-year se­ries, which will de­ter­mine P.E.I. teams for na­tional cham­pi­onships.

It’s the per­fect place to make a run for the top of the stand­ings, Yorke said.

“It’s a golf tour­na­ment that’s close to me be­cause I was a mem­ber there for so many years. I en­joyed the mem­ber­ship. I en­joyed the golf club (and) it’s usu­ally in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion.’’

Brad Cook, gen­eral man­ager of Summerside Golf Club, said they had 60 en­tries as of late Thurs­day af­ter­noon. That’s up from 40 last year but short of the 122 who com­peted as re­cently as 2011.

Cook said tour­na­ments across the province are strug­gling to fill out the field but no one is sure why.

“That’s the mil­lion-dol­lar ques­tion I think that ev­ery golf pro­fes­sional or op­er­a­tor would love to have the an­swer to,’’ Cook said. “I think peo­ple are just keener on so­cial play. They’re not as com­pet­i­tive as they once were.’’

Yorke said they need lots of first-, sec­ond- and third-di­vi­sion play­ers this week­end to come out and com­pete.

“It’s a chal­lenge (to find en­tries) and it’s get­ting to be more and more of a chal­lenge all the time,’’ the Kens­ing­ton golfer said.

Sched­ul­ing can be an is­sue with tour­na­ments tak­ing place vir­tu­ally ev­ery week­end.

The Lob­ster Fes­ti­val Golf Tour­na­ment it­self was post­poned twice due to the con­di­tion of the course. The harsh win­ter pushed many cour­ses back.

Cook said the course is in phe­nom­e­nal shape now.

“I won’t pull any punches, though. We started the year off at about the worst con­di­tion imag­in­able. To put it in my own terms, con­di­tions you wouldn’t wish on your worst en­emy.’’

The grounds crews have been work­ing hard get­ting the course back to its old self.

Cook said they’re still not com­pletely sat­is­fied with two of the greens, on holes 3 and 11.

“We’ve done just about ev­ery­thing we can to get them to come along, it’s just been a lit­tle slower com­ing than we had hoped.’’

Yorke said Cook and the grounds crew de­serve a lot of credit.

“Hats off to them, they put a lot of pride in it. The course is go­ing to be in good shape (this week­end),’’ Yorke said.

As for what it’s go­ing to take to walk away with the tro­phy, Yorke said it’s pretty sim­ple.

“The guy who wields the hot put­ter will prob­a­bly win. The greens are usu­ally so good that if you make a few putts it will make a big dif­fer­ence,’’ he said.


Tim Yorke will be de­fend­ing his men’s ti­tle this week­end at the Lob­ster Fes­ti­val Golf Tour­na­ment at the Summerside Golf Club.

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