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Yorke fires open­ing round 68 to lead am­a­teur

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

Tim Yorke fires open­ing round 68 to lead am­a­teur; Fiona Thomp­son in top spot in women’s divi­sion

Tim Yorke didn’t let a bad first shot de­rail his open­ing round Fri­day at the Cooke In­sur­ance Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship.

The Kens­ing­ton res­i­dent parred the first two holes be­fore birdieing four of the next seven en route to a 4-un­der 68 to lead the pack at the Stan­hope Golf Course.

“I haven’t played that well all year,” he said.

“You don’t want to com­plain about shoot­ing 68, but 68 was prob­a­bly two or three higher than (I could have been). I didn’t fin­ish it off very well.”

Yorke, who golfs at the P.E.I. Ocean View Re­sort and Golf Club in Sum­mer­side, said he missed short putts on 16 and 17 be­fore end­ing the round with a bo­gey.

Yorke had three birdies and two bo­geys on the back nine.

“I’m so com­fort­able at that place, it’s like a home course for me,” he said. “It’s just a su­per fun golf course to play.”

Yorke has a three-stroke lead on Robert Shaw from the host club. Both are in the mi­da­ma­teur divi­sion, but if ei­ther has the low score af­ter the third round, they will win both di­vi­sions. Yorke ac­com­plished the feat last year at Dun­dar­ave.

While some golfers don’t like the pres­sure of the early lead, the vet­eran said it doesn’t bother him. He will park Fri­day’s round and con­cen­trate on Satur­day.

“To­day will be non-ex­is­tent in my mind,” he said af­ter Fri­day’s round. “I won’t be think­ing I’m 4-un­der and try to hang on.

To­day is zero and I start from zero again to­mor­row.”

Golfers were treated to a warm, sunny day with a light wind at the north shore club.

Yorke said Thurs­day he ex­pected it would take a score in the 7- to 12-un­der par range to win the tour­na­ment. He wasn’t chang­ing the opin­ion af­ter be­ing one of only two golfers to break par on Day 1.

“I still think there are guys that are go­ing to light it up to­mor­row or the next day,” Yorke said.

Martin O’Brien and Jeremy Steven­son both shot an even par 72 while Adam Con­sta­ble and Stephen An­der­son are one stroke be­hind.

Women am­a­teur

Fiona Thomp­son leads the women’s am­a­teur af­ter shoot­ing a five-over 79 on Fri­day.

Lexi McKay is one shot off the lead in sec­ond place.

Thomp­son was 3-over on the front nine and 2-over on the back nine af­ter birdies on 12 and 14.

Se­nior

Jeff Cooke has the lead in the men’s se­nior divi­sion af­ter fir­ing a 1-over 73. Dave Con­nolly is one shot back.

Chris MacLauch­lan has a four-stroke lead on Sherry White in the se­nior women’s divi­sion af­ter an open­ing round 5-over 79.

MacLauch­lan was 5-over on the front nine and had a bo­gey and a birdie on the back nine.

Su­per se­nior

Ron Gar­rett and Mel Bernard are tied for the su­per se­nior men’s lead af­ter open­ing rounds of 76.

Mike Coady and Grant Somers are two shots back.

Lor­raine Mac­Don­ald leads Brenda McIl­waine by eight strokes in the su­per se­nior women’s divi­sion.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Tim Yorke fires his first shot of the open­ing round of the Cooke In­sur­ance Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship Fri­day at the Stan­hope Golf Course.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Cor­rina Forster, left, and Tammi Cud­more share a hug af­ter fin­ish­ing the open­ing round of the Cooke In­sur­ance Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship.

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