Stevenson wins Potato Blossom golf tournament

Eric McCarthy
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With bogey on first playoff hole

MILL RIVER – A birdie on the 18th hole by Stanhope pro Jeremy Stevenson set the stage for a dramatic finish to the two-day Potato Blossom golf tournament.

Belvedere golfer Cody MacKay, left, and Stanhope pro Jeremy Stevenson wait for the fairway to clear before starting their playoff in the Potato Blossom golf tournament at Mill River on Sunday. They finished the 36-hole tournament tied for the lead with a score of 146. Stevenson broke the tie on the first playoff hole.

Stevenson moved into a tie for first place with Belvedere’s Cody MacKay, setting the stage for a playoff at the Mill River Provincial Golf Course on Sunday.

A bogey was all Stevenson needed on the first playoff hole to take first place. He had rounds of 75 and 71 for a two-day total of 146.

Stevenson went into the final round three strokes behind MacKay. Playing together in the final group of the tournament, MacKay increased his lead to four strokes after nine holes, before Stevenson started his climb.

“I knew (MacKay) had one shot on me, so I figured a birdie would get me tied,” Stevenson said of his final putt on 18.

Stevenson, who commended MacKay on a good 10-foot putt and the final regulation drop of the tournament to preserve the tie, said he was pleased with his play in what was his first competitive tournament of the year.

“I played good and had it going early, then gave some back and hung in there for the end,” he said.

MacKay, who opened play Saturday with a 72, was pleased with his long game but struggled with his short game on Sunday.

“My putter went cold today: I had a lot of good looks, but couldn't get anything to drop,” he summarized.

A total of 91 golfers competed in the 36-hole event, which had Noye Enterprises as its title sponsor.

As an added long-ball incentive in the tournament, sponsors put up a $10,000 prize for any golfer to ace No. 11 on Saturday, and a car for acing that hole on Sunday. No one collected the prize.

There was one ace in the tournament, but Red Sands golfer Mark Phillips accomplished the rare feat six holes too late. The C Division golfer, with playing partners Bruce Erickson and Jim Osbourne from the host club, used a No. 9 iron to ace the 142-yard hole.

Golfers contended with cool and windy conditions on Saturday, but were blessed with warm, sunny play on Sunday.

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Results

Potato Blossom golf

tournament results:

Ladies

Low Gross

Myrna Millar, Mill River 83-86–169

Paula Buote, Mill River 91-84–175

Low Net

Erin Musgrave, Country Meadows –145

Sharon Jones, Mill River–146

Pro Division

Low Gross

Jeremy Stevenson, Stanhope 75-71–146

Nick, Peters, Summerside 74-77 –151

Championship Division

Low Gross

Cody MacKay, Belvedere 72-74–146

Martin O’Brien, Mill River 76-73–149

Stu Musgrave, Country Meadows 78-74–152

Tim Yorke, Andersons Creek/Green Gables 78-78–156

Low Net

Kyle Fraser, Mill River–148

Curtis Hall, Belvedere–149

Brody McGregor, Belvedere–151

Jason Campbell, Mill River–155

B Division

Low Gross

Mark McKenna, Avondale 75-78–153

Rodney Arsenault, Mill River 81-76–157

Andy Luttrell, Mill River 79-79–158

Marty Koughan, Avondale 83-79–162

Low Net

Mel Bernard, Andersons Creek–145

John McBride, Mill River–150

Eddie Trail, Mill River–152

Chris Trail, Mill River–155

C Division

Low Gross

Jim MacIntyre, Mill River 79-77–156

Connor Lea, Avondale 81-77–158

Mark Phillips, Red Sands 86-80–166

Jim Osbourne, Mill River, 86-80–166

Low Net

Mattieu Boudreau, Pine Needles–135

Donald Stewart, Mill River–139

Bruce Erickson, Mill River–143

Mike Adams, Mill River–146

D Division

Low Gross

Phil LeClair, Mill River 82-87–169

Bob Matheson, Mill River 88-88–176

Bob Dickson, Mill River 88-88–176

Peter Griffin, Mill River 87-93–180

Low Net

Louis Walsh, Clyde River–143

Harvey Mazerolle, Mill River–150

Joe McGuire, Mill River–152

Brian Lewis, Mill River–152

Organizations: Noye Enterprises

Geographic location: Mill River, Country Meadows, Andersons Creek Pine Needles Clyde River

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