There will be a new provincial men’s champion decided this weekend as 61 of Newfoundland and Labrador’s top golfers take to the course at Blomidon club in Corner Brook in the 2019 Royal LePage provincial men's amateur championships.
Because defending NL champion Blair Bursey of Gander has turned pro, the men’s amateur title is up for grabs. So is the mid-amateur crown, since Nikeshantees Penashue, who won that division in 2018, is not competing in Corner Brook due to other commitments.
However, the defending champs in the other two divisions — Chuck Conley (senior) and Don Boland (super senior,) both from Bally Haly Country Club in St. John’s — are back to defend their titles.
This could be an event where it will pay attention to some local players. West coast golfers entered in the event include three-time provincial men’s champion (2012-14) Matthew Tibbo as well as Matthew Bonnell and Andrew Bruce, respectively the winners of the 2018 and 2017 provincial junior men’s championships.
This weekend’s competition will determine provincial teams for Atlantic and national championships, including the 2019 Canadian men’s amateur Aug. 5-8 at Glen Arbour Golf Course & The Links at Brunello in Hammonds Plains, N.S.
For more information on the 2019 provincial championship, including the complete list of entrants, go here.