Sudden phone call puts P.E.I. man in middle of curling stardom
MONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Larry Richards will get to cross an item off his bucket list next week, when he’s making the ice for the Tim Horton’s Brier.
River Hill’s Aaron Nickerson has been named Player of the Year by the Nova Scotia Golf Association (NSGA).
Nickerson posted five, top 10 finishes in NSGA sanctioned events, for 235 points in the NSGA’s point system, nudging Dundee’s Leon Carter who finished with 205 points.
For Nickerson, the award topped off a bittersweet season that had its highs and lows.
Starting the season with a fourth place finish at the NSGA mid-amateur, Nickerson secured a spot on the Nova Scotia team that competed in the Canadian mid-amateur championships in Ottawa, where Nickerson placed 36 out of a field of 144 golfers, for a top 25 per cent performance.
A highlight of the nationals, said Nickerson was getting to play with renowned golf course architect/ player and Canadian Hall of Famer Graham Cooke, and beating him “by one shot when we were paired up.”
If not “for a string of six bad holes in the third round I could have had a top five finish” at the nationals, said Nickerson.
Nickerson also competed in the NSGA open men’s provincial championship hosted by River Hills, where he had hoped to win the title on his home turf, but had to settle for ninth.
“There was a lot of pressure on us (the River Hills players)… a lot of expectations for us to do well,” he said.
At the River Hills club championship, which Nickerson regards as “the hardest tournament of the season” because of the stiff competition from club members Jody Swim, Ryan Dixon and Darrell MacKenzie, he finished fourth.
Nickerson finished up the season with first place at the Jack Frost Invitational in Clare, a third place finish in the River Hill’s Snowball Classic, and a win at the Don Fleet Memorial in Digby.
Nickerson was awarded the NSGA’s Player of the Year award at a banquet in Dartmouth on Oct. 24.