NB Men’s Four Ball Champions Crowned in Sussex
by Luke Lacey – Golf NB
For Immediate Release:
With Saturday’s rain in the rear-view mirror, Sunday brought a morning mist and improved scoring conditions, and with clear leaders in both the NB Men’s Amateur and Senior Men’s Four Ball division, the chase was on.
In the Amateur Men’s Division, the quest for the “Ralph Costello Shield” came down to two teams. After posting an 8-under, 64, on day one The Riverside brother team of Jason and Darren Roach would hold a four shot lead over Country Meadows Golf Club’s Shawn Branch and Greg Jones entering the second and final round.
What seemed to be a three horse race after day one quickly turned into a race for second place as the brotherly duo came out with an impressive 4-under 32 on the front. The Country Meadows pair of Jones and Branch ran into some difficulty as they finished the front with a 2-over 38. Boudreau and Manning completed the front nine with a 1-under 35, pushing them back into third place at the turn.
It was a smooth back nine for the leaders as the Roaches completed their round with a 1-under 35 to move them to 13-under, solidifying their fifth NB Men’s Four Ball victory. Boudreau and Manning moved into solo second after a 4-under 68 on Sunday, totaling 7-under for the event. Fredericton’s Bob Brown and Tony MacKinnon made a move on the back nine by birdying the par-5 14th and the par-4 16th. They finished the weekend in third place at 4-under par. Westfield’s Peter McCarthy and Neil Roberts finished 4th after an even par round of 72, 3-under for the tournament.
|A 3-hole aggregate playoff was needed to determine the Men’s Amateur Net Champions. Father and son team of Darren and Nicholas Ritchie of Hampton Golf Club faced off against the home club team of Kris Leask and Duane Mitton who both carded a -17 under total for the weekend. The teams headed to hole 10 to begin their playoff then followed by holes 17 and 18. Kris Leask and Duane Mitton defeated Darren and Nicholas Ritchie , crowning them the 2018 NB Men`s Four Ball Net Champions in an exciting playoff matchup.***
In the Senior Men’s Division, the team of Stephen Wilson and Dave Stewart started their weekend with a 4-under 68 in the wet and cold conditions faced on Saturday. The duo from Sussex held an overnight lead ahead of Wilfred Pilgrim and Daryl Pupek from Kingswood, Brent Matheson and Rick Howatt from Petitcodiac, and Robert McIntyre and Gary Swain from Hampton who were all tied for 3rd place after firing 1-under 71’s Saturday.
Wilson and Stewart extended their Saturday lead as they carded a 3-under 69 moving them to 7-under on the weekend. The team used their home course knowledge to their advantage as they captured their second consecutive NB Senior Men’s Four Ball Championship. The pair were locked in from the start, going 2-under on the front while bogey trouble only saw they finish with a 1-under 35 on the back. Tied for second were the groups of Brent Matheson and Rick Howatt of Petitcodiac Valley Golf Club, and Gary Swain and Robert McIntyre of Hampton Golf Club who finished 1-under for the weekend.
While they tied for second with Matheson & Howatt, the team of McIntyre & Swain were winners just the same, claiming the net division by four strokes, over the Moncton and Maplewood Golf Club duo of Ken Greenwood and Jim Haddad, after posting a 65 and 64 net during the two day event.
For more information on the 2018 NB Men’s & Senior Men’s Four Ball including results and tee times please CLICK HERE.
For more information on the Sussex Golf & Curling Club please visit: www.sussexgolfandcurlingclub.ca.
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