Raise the tro­phy

Shub­ley, Ward are the new­est Amherst Open cham­pi­ons.

The Amherst News - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAR­RELL COLE AMHERST NEWS dar­rell.cole@amher­st­news.ca Twit­ter: @ADN­dar­rell

If any­thing, Matt Shub­ley was con­sis­tent shoot­ing iden­ti­cal rounds of 71 to claim the Amherst Open Golf Tour­na­ment last week with a two-round 142 – five strokes ahead of his near­est com­peti­tors.

“It’s a nice way to get my first pro win,” the Oshawa, Ont. res­i­dent said fol­low­ing the an­nual tour­na­ment that’s the high­light of the sum­mer at the Amherst Golf Club. “I had a good day out there, the course was great. I couldn’t ask for bet­ter con­di­tions.”

Former Amherst club pro Steve Toombs and Josh Lan­dine of Ash­burn shot iden­ti­cal 147s to fin­ish sec­ond while Craig Tay­lor of the Links of Mon­tague was fourth at 149 and Kevin Du­gas, a peren­nial Amherst Open cham­pion, was fifth at 150.

Shub­ley said the course was very chal­leng­ing, es­pe­cially when the wind picked up – as nor­mal – dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

“It got a lit­tle windy out there at times, but it was good to bat­tle through it,” he said. “I haven’t played in wind like that in some time.”

Brodie Ward of An­der­sons Creek in Stan­ley Bridge, P.E.I. won the am­a­teur cham­pi­onship, putting to­gether rounds of 70 and 73 for a 143 to edge Amherst club cham­pion Mark Gould and Matt Cormier, who both shot 146. Cormier ended up tak­ing sec­ond net hon­ours in the first divi­sion and fin­ished strong on Num­ber 18, us­ing a three-wood off the tee and a driver to post up just off the green.

He chipped in for the ea­gle. “My game was good both days, I putted well to­day, made a bunch of par saves and a few birdies too,” said Ward. “When it’s windy it’s im­por­tant to putt well. The big­gest thing is know­ing where the wind is com­ing from and hav­ing a good short game.”

Craig Hol­let of Grand­view had third gross and Bruce Tomie of Northum­ber­land in Pugwash was fourth gross. Paul Coul­son of Truro, an Amherst na­tive and former open champ, had fifth gross in the first divi­sion and Austin McBurnie of Brook­field was sixth.

Low net hon­ours went to Gary Carter Jr, John Mills of Northum­ber­land was third low net, Mitchell Camp­bell of Oak­field was fourth low net, Gary Carter Sr. was fifth low net and Dar­rell Kline of Ash­burn was sixth low net.

Jeremy Ja­cob of Pine Nee­dles had low gross hon­ours in the sec­ond divi­sion, Bob Mil­ner of Amherst was sec­ond, Rodger Sears of Petit­co­diac was third, Der­reck Ac­ton was fourth, Steve Wood was fifth and Liam Davis sixth.

Matt Bro­phy won low net hon­ours in the sec­ond divi­sion, Jim McNutt of Springhill was sec­ond, Terry Bas­tarache was third, Ted Mills was fourth, Luc Le­Blanc of Pine Nee­dles was fifth and Car­son Thomp­son sixth.

In the third divi­sion, Peter McCabe had low gross hon­ours, Kody Wood was sec­ond, Myles Walsh of Gran­ite Springs was third, Mark Boudreau of Coun­try Mead­ows was fourth, Fred Blenkhorn was fifth and Ralph Bas­tarashe was sixth.

Craig Sloan had low net in the divi­sion, Cayne Amos was sec­ond, Eric Richards had third low net, Wayne Hur­ley had fourth low net, Ryan Thomas had fifth net and Troy Dowe was sixth.

DAR­RELL COLE – AMHERST NEWS

Amherst club pro­fes­sional Michael Archibald, cen­tre, presents the Amherst Open pro tro­phy to Matt Shub­ley, left, while Brodie Ward ac­cepts the am­a­teur cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

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