Matthew Chandler from the Chester Golf Club is top of the field by two strokes after the first round of play in the MCT Men’s Amateur golf championship, being hosted by the Nova Scotia Golf Association (NSGA) at the River Hills Golf and Country Club in Clyde River from July 5 to 8.
Chandler finished the day -1 par for 71, two strokes ahead of Oakfield Golf and Country Club contenders Shaun Margeson and Matt Vaughan, who shot rounds of 73 (+1).
Chandler captured both the NSGA Juvenile and Junior Championships in 2015, while Margeson is a two-time Junior Champion who finished second at the Nova Scotia Amateur in 2015.
Meanwhile in a four-way tie for fourth spot are River Hills’ contenders Aaron Nickerson, Jody Swim, Teran Newell and Ben Doane, who are one stroke back with a three over par 74.
Nickerson, who is competing in his 26th Men’s Amateur, won the NSGA Mid-Amateur Championships in 2008 and 2012. Swim won the Mid-Am in 2007. Newell, who is 18, was named the NSGA western zone junior player of the year for 2017. He has already posted two first place finishes in his division this season in Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) competition and will be competing in his final Junior Championship on July 10 to 13 at Northumberland Links.
Tied at 8th place with 75 are: Jordan Ellis, Trevor Chow and Sean Stuart, all from Ashburn, Craig Hollett, Grandview, and Shayne Nickerson, River Hills.
Bruce Tomie, Northumberland Links; Mark Pothier, Ken Wo; Don Dorey River Hills; Bobby Dunphy, Antigonish; Darrell MacKenzie, River Hills; and Mark Adams, West Pubnico, are in a seven-way tie for 13th place posting rounds of 76. Rounding out the top 20 one stroke back (77) after the first round are Charlie Doran, Ashburn, Geoff Campbell Oakfield, and Morgan Penney, Yarmouth Links.
The four-day, 72 hole stoke play continues Friday (July 6). The competition will determine the provincial champion and select the team that will represent Nova Scotia at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championships, being held at the Duncan Meadows Golf Resort and Pheasant Glen Golf Resort in Duncan and Qualicum, BC on August 6 to 9. The top three golfers will be selected to represent Nova Scotia at this prestigious event. In addition, there will be also be five quota spots up for grabs to compete at the National Championship. These quota spots will be awarded based on results from the 2018 MCT Men’s Amateur.