BADDECK, N.S. – Two Prince Edward Island golfers sit atop their respective divisions after Friday’s opening round of the Atlantic golf championships here at Bell Bay.
Kensington resident Tim Yorke, who plays out of Andersons Creek in Stanley Bridge, holds a two-stroke lead in the Men’s Mid-Master Division (ages 40 to 54) after registering 10 pars, three birdies, one eagle and four bogeys for a 1-under-par. Dave Shellington of the Belvedere Golf Club is second at 73. His summary included 13 pars, two birdies and three bogeys.
"We were playing the white tees so the course wasn't necessarily long, but the greens were firm,” explained Yorke, a three-time P.E.I. Golf Association (PEIGA) amateur champion and an eight-time PEIGA mid-amateur champion. “You had to hit in front of the pins as it was difficult to hit and stick.
“For me it was playing as tough today (Friday) as when the Canadian Amateur was here in 2005.”
Yorke made the semifinals of the Canadian championship that year.
Darren Martell, who is also representing P.E.I., shot an 82 and is tied for fifth.
P.E.I. is first in the mid-amateur team standings after an even-par 144. That is good enough for a 13-shot cushion over second-place Nova Scotia.
Sherry White of Belvedere sits atop the Senior Women’s Division (50-plus) after 18 holes. White shot an 8-over-par 80, good enough for a one-shot lead over Fay Gunter of Grandview.
Other Islanders in this division are Debbie Beck (91), ninth; Paula Buote (95), tied for 13th, and Joyce MacLellan (96), 15th.
White has won back-to-back provincial women’s amateur and senior championships.
Nova Scotia holds an eight-shot advantage over P.E.I. in the team standings.
In the Mid-Master Women’s Division (ages 40 to 49), Islanders Corrina Forster and Myrna Millar are tied for second. They trail leader Sandy Comeau of Country Meadows Golf Club by five strokes.
Forster and Millar, who won the women’s titles at the Summerside and Mill River club championships, recently, shot 88s.
P.E.I. is second in team play after a 176 score, four shots back of New Brunswick.
Cody MacKay, who won the P.E.I. Amateur championship at Summerside in early July, is one shot off the lead in the Men’s Amateur Division (under-40). MacKay carded a 74 while Josh Landine checked in at 73.
Two other Islanders in the division are Brodie Ward (80), who is tied for sixth, and Scott Morton (81), who is in eighth place.
In team play, P.E.I. had a 154 score, four shots off New Brunswick’s pace.
Three Islanders, led by Bailey Carr, are competing in the Women’s Amateur Division (under-40). Carr is tied for fourth after shooting a 90. Melissa Castle (97), ninth, and Mary Andrews (103), 10th, round out the P.E.I. field.
P.E.I. is fourth in team play after a 187 total. Nova Scotia leads the way at 151.
Ron Garrett is the top Islander in the Senior Men’s Division (55-plus). He is tied for second place, four shots back of Ernie Sheaves of Bell Bay after shooting a 75.
Billy Murphy (84), 11th; Wayne Crosby (86), 12th, and Grant Somers (88), tied for 14th, round out the senior men’s Island contingent.
P.E.I. one of three teams tied for second in the team event. Nova Scotia posted a 146 total, good enough for a 13-stroke lead over P.E.I., New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.