LINKLETTER – Tim Yorke of Kensington overcame Mother Nature to make it back-to-back wins in the P.E.I. Golf Association’s player-of-the-year series.
After winning the season-opening Avondale Open on June 7 and 8, Yorke fired a 36-hole total of 145 to claim the Clark’s Toyota Cup at the Summerside Golf Club on Sunday.
“They were two really rough weekends, this weekend and last weekend,” said Yorke, 49. “The golf course was the winner, again it held up in that kind of weather. . .
“It got pretty tough out there today (Sunday). The wind was blowing, it was wet, it was a pretty difficult golf day for everybody.”
The Clark’s Toyota Cup has traditionally been held in July, but was moved to help accommodate the Island Amateur championships in July.
Players accumulate points in the player-of-the-year series, which will determine P.E.I. teams for national championships.
“It’s a real nice start to get ahead and help secure my spot for the teams I want to play for,” said Yorke. “I want to go to the Canadian mid-amateur.”
Yorke finished five strokes ahead of Scott Morton in the Championship Division, and was seven shots better than third-place finisher Cody MacKay (152). Yorke shot a 75 on Sunday after an opening-round 70 on Saturday.
“It was as good as I could play,” said Yorke referring to Round 1. “It was one of those days that everything went right. The putter was good, and it happens in golf once in a while.
“One bad shot on 18 didn’t change from having a really good day.”
Yorke carded a six on the final hole as he threatened to break 70. Nonetheless, Yorke took a three-stroke lead over pro Brian Affleck into the final round, but he was far from comfortable.
“It’s never easy with a three-stroke lead, so I was trying not to think about that,” said Yorke. “I was just trying to play my own game hole by hole and get the job done.”
What approach does Yorke like to take when playing in wet and windy conditions?
“First and foremost is to keep the ball in play,” answered Yorke. “It’s very difficult to play when you are dropping balls and taking penalty strokes.
“Get it in play, putt well, chip well because you are going to miss greens, you are going to hit some bad shots, you are going to hit some ugly shots.
“Patience is a real key for this weather because it’s so easy to get frustrated with the conditions.”
Top low-gross scores
in Clark’s Toyota Cup:
Brian Affleck 73-79—152
Alex Egan 77-75—152
Tim Yorke 70-75—145
Claude Belley 90-81—171
Gaylene Lund 94-99—193