Ross golf winner; Scott earns national berth


ABERCROMBIE — It was an interesting weekend in a number of ways for golfers in the Nova Scotia men’s amateur championship at Abercrombie Country Club.

Calvin Ross from the Kingswood Golf Club in Fredericton, N.B. completed his wire-to-wire win with a final round 76 to finish the 54-hole competition with a three-day total of 213.

It marks Ross’s second win on Nova Scotia soil. Ross won the 2017 Future Links Atlantic at Clare Golf Club. That win was just weeks before he won the 2017 Canadian Junior Championship.

The golfers were playing at Abercrombie this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1919.

It turned out to be a rewarding weekend for Abercrombie’s Kevin Scott who is among seven Nova Scotians who have qualified for the 2019 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at the Glen Arbour club in Hammonds Plains, outside Halifax.

Scott recorded his second straight round of 75 on Sunday after opening on Friday with an 80. He ended in a tie for 13th place with a 54-hole total of 230.

He played the front nine holes at even par by posting birdies on the third and fifth holes and bogeys on the second and fourth holes. His back nine was hurt by a double bogey five on the 10th hole and a triple bogey 7 on the 13th hole.

Clubmate Jeff Fraser was next after carding rounds of 79, 77 and 79 for a 235 total.

Gregg LeBlanc followed a reassuring 73 on Saturday with a 79 on Sunday to post 236 strokes over the three days. He shot an 84 on Friday.

“I didn’t come into the tournament with high expectations,” he said. “My game wasn’t really that sharp. I had an 84 on Friday when I didn’t get the breaks and I had a 73 on Saturday when I did get the breaks. My 79 was more like I play if I haven’t played much.”

Jamie Aitken followed with a 238 total, while John David Coffin ended at 240 and Brett McLanders recorded a total after an 85 on Sunday for a241 total.

“It was much better on Saturday,” he said, referring to the 75 he posted. “I wasn’t as good (on Sunday). The course was tough but it was fair. I think the green speed was fair.”

Meanwhile, Julia Henderson of Abercrombie placed third on Sunday at the provincial women’s amateur championship in Greenwood with a three-day total of 247.

Kevin Scott makes a putt during the Nova Scotia men’s amateur golf championship at Abercrombie Country Club. (Goodwin photo)