BADDECK, N.S. – Tim Yorke of Kensington and Sherry White of Stratford are Atlantic golf champions.
As a result, both have earned exemptions into their respective divisions at next year's Canadian championships.
"Having the exemption is great for me,” said Yorke, who golfs out of Andersons Creek. “It will allow me to perhaps adjust my schedule next year, and it's nice knowing you have it."
The championships, the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada, brought together 73 golfers from all four Atlantic Provinces with male and female competitors in four divisions – amateur, mid-master, senior, and super senior.
Yorke completed a dominating weekend at the Bell Bay Golf Course in convincing fashion on Sunday.
Yorke fired a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to finish the competition six shots ahead of New Brunswick's Stu Musgrave in the Men’s Mid-Master Division.
Yorke opened with a 71 on Friday, and shot an even-par 72 on Saturday to finish at 213. Musgrave, meanwhile, bounced back with back-to-back rounds of 72 and 69 after opening with a 78.
P.E.I.’s Dave Shellington finished third, carding a total score of 222 (73-79-70), and Darren Martell (82-76-77) tied for fifth at 235.
White, who golfs out of Belvedere, finished eight strokes ahead of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Kathleen Jean. White, who has won the women's senior and amateur the last two years with the P.E.I. Golf Association, said she was very excited about the format for the new Atlantic championships when she heard about it last year.
"It was a great tournament,” said White. “Bell Bay was incredible the staff was great, the meals were great, it was a lot of fun.”
White shot rounds of 80, 84 and 80 for a 244 total. Debby Beck (91-84-83—258, fifth) and Paula Buote (95-93-91—279, 11th) rounded out the Island competitors.
Islander Joyce MacLellan had rounds of 96 and 92 for a 188 total through the first two rounds.
Men's super senior
David McDonald was the wire-to-wire winner in the men's Super Senior Division, winning by 21 strokes over his nearest competitor. McDonald, an Ashburn Golf Club member, had solid rounds of 75, 78 and 77 for a 230 total.
P.E.I. representative Billy Murphy was third at 263 (84-90-89).
Women's super senior
Jean E. Boudreau won the division, but it did not come easily as both her and New Brunswick's Kathy Meagher finished the 54-hole event with identical scores of 257. Boudreau won the playoff on the first hole.
Ernie Sheaves of the host Bell Bay course was the wire-to-wire winner in senior men’s after firing an even-par 72 on Sunday.
P.E.I.'s Ron Garrett was 19 shots behind Sheaves in second place at 237 (75-81-81).
Grant Somers (88-81-84—253, ninth) and Wayne Crosby (86-92-79—257) were the other Islanders in this division.
Sandy Comeau of Country Meadows Golf Club in New Brunswick took top honours in the Women’s Mid-Master Division, shooting rounds of 83-86-88 for a 257 score to best Theresa Breen of Brightwood Golf Club by six strokes.
Myrna Millar (88-90-87—265, third) and Corrina Forster (88-93-97—278, fifth) were P.E.I.’s representatives.
Cristal Fitzpatrick was simply in a league of her own in the Women’s Amateur Division.
The Eaglequest Grandview member shot a 77 on Sunday, along with back-to-back scores of 75.
P.E.I. had three golfers in this category. They were Bailey Carr (90-81-91—262, sixth); Melissa Castle (97-86-95—278, ninth), and Mary Andrews (103-90-96—289, 10th).
Edward Reevey of The Riverside Golf and Country Club took the men's amateur title with a four-stroke victory over Trevor Chow, who is an Ashburn and Bell Bay member. Reevey opened with a 77 on day 1, followed by 72 on Day 2 and a final-round 71 for a 220 score.
Heading into the final round only two strokes separated P.E.I.'s Cody MacKay, Reevey and Chow. MacKay carded an 83 to fall into a seventh-place tie at 232 after 74 and 75 rounds.
P.E.I.’s Brodie Ward closed with a 70 to jump up into third place with a 225 tally. Ward scored 80 and 75 in the first two rounds while Island representative Scott Morton (81-74-77) also tied for seventh.