Abby Hickey outlasts sister Paige to win female nine-hole title
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The 2013 Blomidon junior golf club championships wrapped up Wednesday at the Corner Brook golf facility. The winners included, from left, Daniel Cluney (18-hole boys champion), Angela Earle (18-hole girls champion), Daniel O'Neill (9-hole boys champ) and Abby Hickey (9-hole girls champ). Junior golf director Wayne Allen presented the awards to the winners.
CORNER BROOK Consistency proved to be a key to success for Daniel Cluney’s championship run on the Blomidon links.
The budding Corner Brook golfer carded a 72 for the second-straight day to win the Blomidon junior golf club championship Wednesday at the Blomidon Golf and Country Club. Cluney, who was never in any danger of giving up top spot from start to finish, ended up with a 54-hole total of 217.
A fixture at the local links, Cluney, who also had a number of siblings participate in the club’s annual showcase of promising golfers in other divisions, opened the tournament with a 73 round Monday and defeated his nearest competitor — Matt Bonnell of Corner Brook — by nine strokes.
Bonnell finished with a three-day total of 226 after he closed out the championship with a 74 round Wednesday afternoon with swirling winds posing a challenge to the young hackers.
Andrew Bruce finished third in the boys 18-hole bracket with a 235 total after finishing up with a final round 81, while Jacob Barry (238) and Patrick Hickey (246) rounded out the top five in the division.
Angela Earle, the lone participant in the girls 18-hole division, carded an 84 round Wednesday to close out the tournament with a three-day total of 263.
Daniel O’Neill, with a 36 round on the final day, won the nine-hole boys crown with a 27-hole total of 109.
That was 10 strokes better than his closest competitor — Kyle Brown of Corner Brook — who had rounds of 43 Monday, 36 on Tuesday and 40 on Wednesday.
Kirk Penney (128), Alex Willis (129) and Marcus Ford (132) rounded out the top five performers in the nine-hole boys showcase of talent.
One of the biggest showdowns of the tournament came in the girls nine-hole division as siblings Abby and Paige Hickey fought tooth and nail to the final hole.
In the end, Abby got the upper hand with a three-round total of 139 after a 48 round Wednesday.
Paige Hickey carded a 52 round Wednesday to finish four strokes behind her sister.
Helena McCarthy finished up with a three-round total of 147 after registering a 42 round to nab third spot overall in the nine-hole female bracket.
Taylor Cormier (153) and Aideen Nelson rounded out the division’s top five golfers.