Dou­ble win­ners

MacLauch­lan, Yorke claimed two ti­tles dur­ing am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Stan­hope

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

Chris MacLauch­lan re­cov­ered af­ter slic­ing her tee shot to win the Cooke In­sur­ance women’s am­a­teur golf cham­pi­onship on the first play­off hole Sun­day at Stan­hope Golf Course.

She didn’t let the first shot rat­tle her. She shrugged it off and went to work.

“I pushed my tee ball but I still wasn’t pan­ick­ing be­cause I’ve played this course so of­ten,” said MacLauch­lan, a mem­ber of the north shore course for more than 40 years. “Maybe that’s ex­pe­ri­ence, maybe its just state of mind.”

She hit her sec­ond shot from the ninth hole back to the trees, her third shot through the trees and her fourth left her with, what she de­scribed as, a rea­son­able putt for par.

“I felt con­fi­dent I could make the putt from there and I gave my­self a chance, so that’s all one can hope for at that point,” MacLauch­lan said.

MacLauch­lan sunk the putt and won the three-round cham­pi­onship when Fiona Thomp­son missed her putt for par.

“This is huge for me,” said MacLauch­lan, who ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of the sup­port from mem­bers of her home course through­out the com­pe­ti­tion.

“This is my back­yard,” she said, not­ing she grew up nearby. “This is home.”

MacLauch­lan fired a 4-over 78 on Sun­day af­ter open­ing rounds of 79 and 81, re­spec­tively, for a three-round score of 16-over 238.

It not only won her the am­a­teur women’s ti­tle, but also the se­nior cham­pi­onship.

It was her sec­ond am­a­teur ti­tle. She won her first at Stan­hope in 2006.

Sun­day also saw a dou­ble win­ner on the men’s side, as Tim Yorke re­peated as both the men’s am­a­teur and mid-am­a­teur champ.

Yorke won the am­a­teur for a fifth time with a 1-un­der 215, one shot bet­ter than lo­cal favourite Jeremy Steven­son. He opened with a 4-un­der 68, fol­lowed by 75 and 72 to fin­ish the tour­na­ment.

“Three dif­fer­ent days,” Yorke said. “The first day re­ally (is) as good as I can play golf. The sec­ond day was ‘Wow, what hap­pened?’ To­day was more of a grind with two re­ally good play­ers” in Martin O’Brien and Ja­son Camp­bell.

While Yorke had a tough fin­ish to his first round, he was sharp at the end on Sun­day, in­clud­ing birdies on 16 and 17.

He hit a big bunker shot on No. 16, had a good shot on 17 to al­low for a two putt and al­most birdied 18 with a long putt.

He fin­ished the front nine with birdies on 8 and 9. He needed ev­ery one of them to fend off Steven­son, who was look­ing to win on his home course.

“He’s go­ing to win his share, no ques­tion,” Yorke said, call­ing him a top-qual­ity golfer and per­son. “We are for­tu­nate. We have so many nice, young peo­ple to play with right now.”

The Kens­ing­ton na­tive and a mem­ber at the P.E.I. Ocean View Re­sort and Golf Club in Sum­mer­side got off to a slow start to the sea­son.

Yorke con­firmed af­ter the third round Sun­day he has been deal­ing with a bit of a med­i­cal is­sue.

“Luck­ily, I have a good doc­tor that fixed me up on Tues­day,” he said.

“It’s a big plus when you have a doc­tor that’s on your side.”

Yorke sug­gested Thurs­day he ex­pected the win­ning score was go­ing to be in the range of 7- to 12-un­der.

“I didn’t re­ally an­tic­i­pate the golf course play­ing as dif­fi­cult as it was — firm and fast and hard,” he said.

“The golf course re­ally was the win­ner. . . It was in fan­tas­tic shape. It beat us up pretty good.”


Chris MacLauch­lan, left, and Tim Yorke will soon have their names en­graved on th­ese plaques af­ter win­ning the 2017 Cooke In­sur­ance Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship Sun­day in Stan­hope.

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