Salmonier, NL....A total of 99 golfers from across province including 80 men and 19 women have converged on The Wilds Golf Resort to compete in the 2017 Royal LePage Provincial Amateur Championships from July 17th to 19th for the right to represent the province at Atlantic and National Championships.
The 54 hole stroke play tournament will determine the provincial champion in eight categories including: Men's and Women's Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior and Super Senior. 2016 Mens Mid-Amateur, and Senior Champion Chuck Conley of Bally Haly Country Club is back to defend his titles, while fellow club member Don Boland will try to retain his Super Senior Championship. Defending Ladies Amateur, Mid-Amateur and Senior Champion Kathleen Jean of Harmon Seaside Links will be returning to reclaim her titles while Golf NL Hall of Famer and Humber Valley Resort member Judy Gillam will try to duplicate her Super Senior win from the past year.
2017 will mark the first time in eight years that Amateur Champion Blair Bursey of Gander will not be competing at a provincial championship. This opens the door for a number of players to capture this year's crown. Players to keep an eye on include Nikashantess Penashue of Amaruk and Michael Tibbo of Bally Haly, Jason Stagg of Humber Valley Resort, home course favorite Trevor Hefferan as well as Matthew Hackett of Grande Meadows. On the ladies side Janet Mills of Bally Haly have an eye on capturing another title while Kelly Brown of Clovelly will try to capture her first individual championship.