Low scores pos­si­ble

Mak­ing birdies on par-5s at Stan­hope key to good rounds

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

The scores could be low this week as the prov­ince’s top golfers take on the Stan­hope Golf Course.

Ninety golfers will be com­pet­ing in six di­vi­sions at the Cooke In­sur­ance Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship. The 54-hole com­pe­ti­tion to crown the Is­land’s best be­gins to­day at the par-72 course.

Vet­eran golfer Tim Yorke said he could see scores be­ing from 7-un­der to 12-un­der for the three­r­ound com­pe­ti­tion.

“There’s guys there that def­i­nitely could shoot 68 there ev­ery day,” he said.

Yorke won his fourth am­a­teur last year at Dun­dar­ave and claimed vic­tory in 2003 at Stan­hope. Yorke said the qual­ity of the field has im­proved with up­wards of 10 or more guys hav­ing a strong chance to claim the am­a­teur ti­tle. It in­cludes main­stays like Martin O’Brien and Ja­son Camp­bell, but also lo­cals like Rob­bie Younker, who won in the am­a­teur in 2006.

“I will be a lot more ag­gres­sive,” Yorke said. “Right from the get-go, I will be try­ing to make birdies and shoot some­where in the 60s for the three days.”

Yorke played the course on Tues­day, and Adam Gal­lant was out on Satur­day. Both said the course was in great shape, and they are look­ing for­ward to get­ting the tour­na­ment started.

“I al­ways love play­ing Stan­hope and I know a lot of the guys do. It’s a fun lit­tle (lay­out) to play,” Gal­lant said.

Pre­par­ing for this week, the Summerside na­tive has put an em­pha­sis on his work off the tee and is fo­cus­ing on scor­ing on the par-5s.

“You have to come out of there with birdies on the par-5s if you’re go­ing to be near the top of that leader­board come Sun­day,” he said.

Yorke said there are also holes golfers just have to sur­vive to put them­selves in con­tention.

“There’s lots of birdie holes but there are about five or six holes out there that you’re just try­ing to make par and get out of there,” he said.


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