River Hills golfer Aaron Nickerson led the field the first day of competition and finished the championship in a tie for eight place. File photo
Golfers were fighting Mother Nature all week in Clyde River and it took 19 holes in a fierce wind that blew all day at River Hills Golf and Country Club, but Jeff Bishop (Springhill) emerged as the 2010 NSGA Men's Amateur Champion after a birdie on the first playoff hole gave him a victory over Glenn Robinson (Ashburn).
Bishop was tied with Robinson at +8 after 72 holes, necessitating a sudden death playoff. On the 16th, Bishop managed a birdie on the par-4 hole to clinch the win in the 2010 NSGA Men's Amateur Championship. Bishop managed his birdie Bishop sat six strokes off the lead when the day started, but he made them up by shooting +3 on the day. Glenn Robinson made up a three stroke deficit to move into the tie for first with by birdieing 11 and 13 on the back 9. It is the first NSGA Men's Amateur title for Bishop, age 29.
Four-time NSGA Men's Amateur Champion Leon Carter (Dundee) finished in third place with a +9.
A four-way tie for 4th place meant that a second playoff was needed to determine the final members of the Nova Scotia Men's Amateur Team that will compete at the London Hunt and Country Club this August 10-15 for the Willingdon Cup title.
The highest local finisher Ryan Dixon (River Hills), Eric Banks (Truro), Luke Dempsey (Oakfield), and James Holland (Ken-Wo) teed off on 16. After a birdie by Banks clinched his spot, the other three golfers made par on the hole. On 17, James Holland made a birdie to clinch the second and final spot on the team and it moved to 18 to determine the alternate. There, Ryan Dixon made par to become the team alternate while Dempsey made an admirable bogey after landing in the hazard from his tee shot.
Dixon and Banks shot the two strongest rounds of the day to move themselves into contention. Ryan Dixon did his home club proud by shooting the lone sub-par round of the day, a spectacular 5-under 67 in high winds to move into the tie for 4th place. After shooting 1-under on Friday, Banks shot a +1 on Saturday, the second-best round of the day, to move into a tie for 4th and put himself on Team Nova Scotia.
Local golfer Aaron Nickerson finished the three day championship in a tie for eight place. After the first day of competition Nickerson sat atop the leaderboard.
With temperatures flirting with 30 degrees at the course the first day, Nickerson, the 2008 Men's Mid-Amateur Champion, shot a -3 (69) over the first 18 holes. Nickerson was following a Top 4 performance at the 2010 NSGA Mid-Amateur that saw him make the Willingdon Cup Team.
Another note of interest from the first day of the Amateur was a hole-in-one by Phil Howlett (Trillium Wood, Ontario). Howlett made a hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole. It is the first ace of his golfing career.
River Hills golfer Jody Swim finished the tournament in a tie for tenth place.