Ti­tle chase be­gins Fri­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The high­light of the P.E.I. golf sea­son is this week­end.

The field will tee off in the Cooke In­sur­ance am­a­teur cham­pi­onships at the Stan­hope Golf and Coun­try Club on Fri­day. The 54-hole tour­na­ment will crown the pro­vin­cial am­a­teur cham­pi­ons in sev­eral cat­e­gories.

“This is the largest field that we have had in years, with 90 play­ers com­pet­ing in six di­vi­sions,” said P.E.I. Golf As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ron Mac­Neill. “In ad­di­tion to lo­cal golfers, we have play­ers from Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick, On­tario and the United States en­tered in the tour­na­ment.”

Twenty Is­land play­ers will also qual­ify to rep­re­sent the P.E.I. Golf As­so­ci­a­tion at the At­lantic cham­pi­onship at Cov­ered Bridge in New Brunswick in Au­gust.

The pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships will also go a long way in de­ter­min­ing player-of-theyear honours. The tour­na­ment awards dou­ble points to­wards the pres­ti­gious year-end ti­tle.

“It’s a very com­pet­i­tive field this year, with a lot of very low hand­i­caps,” said Mac­Neill. “These are un­ques­tion­ably the best am­a­teur golfers in the prov­ince.”

The wind-swept north shore course last hosted the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship 10 years ago. With fast fair­ways and tight greens, the course will pro­vide a stern test.

“(Gen­eral man­ager) Mer­lin Af­fleck and his staff have the course in per­fect con­di­tion, and ev­ery­body is look­ing for­ward to a great tour­na­ment,” said Mac­Neill. “If con­di­tions are right, we are ex­pect­ing great scor­ing from this field.”

The pub­lic is wel­come to check out the ac­tion, which be­gins on Fri­day at 7:30 a.m. Live scor­ing will be avail­able through­out the week­end at www.peiga.ca.

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