Fanning returns to men’s amateur


ABERCROMBIE – It has been a bittersweet return to amateur golf for Lee Fanning.

Fanning, who plays at the host Abercrombie Country Club, followed an 84 on Friday with a 90 on Saturday and is well back in the field at the 2019 Nova Scotia men’s amateur golf championship entering the third and final day of golf in the 54-hole event.

All that said, Fanning welcome the chance to play in the championship on his home course as Abercrombie marks its centennial as a golf club.

“It’s a strange feeling, but I haven’t played professional for years,” he said. It’s nice to be back for this.”

Meanwhile, Kevin Scott led host club golfer into Sunday’s action. Scott followed his 80 on Friday with a 75 on Saturday for a 155 total.

Brett McLanders was second at 156 after also carding a 75 on Saturday, while Greg LeBlanc was at 157 after following an 84 on Friday with a73 on Saturday.

Calvin Ross from Fredericton, N.B. took a six-stroke lead into the final day with a 36-hole total of 137. He followed his 69 on Friday with a 68 on Saturday.

All the golfers welcomed a fresher day weather-wise on Sunday after two days of sweltering heat proved a double whammy for a course that was playing tough.

In women’s golf, Julia Henderson from the Abercrombie club stood four shots behind the lead and in a second place tie entering the third and final day at the women’s amateur championship in Greenwood.

Henderson followed an 82 on Friday with an 83 on Saturday.

Lee Fanning takes a practice swing at the 12th tee at the Abercrombie Country Club. (Goodwin photo)