STANHOPE – The 11th annual Maritime Senior Golf Challenge came right down to the wire to determine the final placings at the Stanhope Golf Club this week.
The event featured 12-man teams from P.E.I., Nova Scotia and New Brunswick competing in two matches.
Six two-man teams from each province competed in a best-ball match with one of the other provinces on Monday. Singles matches were then played on Tuesday, with the provincial team earning the most points receiving the trophy.
The final results were New Brunswick in first with 16.5 points, P.E.I. in second with 14.5 points and Nova Scotia in third at 14 points.
Two P.E.I. golfers – Jim MacIntyre (Mill River) and Alan Montgomery (Andersons Creek) – went undefeated.
Nine points available
There were nine points available on Day 1. MacIntyre, Montgomery, Kenny Fraser of Mill River, Gary Moore of Belvedere, Ron Garrett of Brudenell and Norm Platt of Avondale earned points for P.E.I.
These victories put P.E.I. in second place, half a point behind New Brunswick and half a point in front of Nova Scotia, going into the final day.
The 36 golfers were provided with ideal weather conditions – sunny, warm and a light breeze – on Tuesday.
Team P.E.I. got off to a great start, winning three of their first four matches. Montgomery, Mel Bernard of Andersons Creek and Mike McCarville of Stanhope all defeated their two opponents.
The next three P.E.I. golfers lost close matches with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Alan Pickard of Belvedere earned the next point by beating New Brunswick.
The last three Islanders picked up points to close the gap. Garrett was able to beat New Brunswick and split with Nova Scotia for 1.5 points. MacIntyre was able to come from behind and beat both his opponents.
The final matches decided the final standings. Fraser was able to beat Nova Scotia for Team P.E.I.’s final point, and Sonny Phillips won his matches to guarantee Team New Brunswick the championship.
The golfers are planning another event next year, with the suggestion that they play at the Northumberland Links in Pugwash, N.S The Island golfers are already trying to earn a place on team P.E.I. 2015 by competing in the PEIGA Amateur (July 5 and 6) and the King of Clubs Senior Men’s Golf Tour.