Good weather, good course conditions and some difficult pin placements were keys to the annual Cedar Glen Men’s Open golf competition on Monday, said Kurtis Barley, who posted a solid two-under-par 68 to easily walk away with the championship.
Despite the tough pin placements, 12 golfers broke the 80 barrier in a field of 72 golfers.
“The course is in really great shape,” said Barkley following his win.”The greens were a little quick and some of the pins were tricky. If you were putting downhill, there was the possibility of it rolling off the green. I only made one really good putt all day, and had two stupid bogies [both from three putts], but I played well.”
A pair of birdies on the front combined with one of Barkley’s bogies put him one under (33) at the turn. His only difficulty on the front was on the par four, 401 yard seventh hole when he caught a tree with his tee-shot. “That left me about 220 yards out.” A three-wood got him to the fringe and “I three putted from there.”
Then on the back, he collected a pair of bogies on the par four, 12th and 16th holes. On 16, “I three-putted from six feet. It lipped out twice.” He finished the back at one under with birdies on 13, 15 and 18 for the one under 35 and his 68 total.
In addition to Barkley’s 68 there were a number of solid rounds in the 26-player A flight.
Next up was Upper Canada’s Tom Thompson with a 73. Thompson’s 73 gave him the low net in A flight with a 65.
Lance LePage of Morrisburg was just one stroke back with a 74, and Fabian Adams and Craig Nooyen tied with 76’s.
James Morrell, Lonnie McIntosh and Rick Barkley posted 78s, and Brad Mayhew and Mike Guy tied with 79s.
Three-year defending champ, Paul Nooyen was out of this year’s race with an 80.
The second big story of the day came out of B class with Cedar Glen’s Greg VanDellen picking up a solid win with a 74. VanDellen used birdies on the first two holes, and then added a third on the par three sixth for a strong even par 34 front. He added a 40 back nine for his 74 finish.
Next up was Morrisburg’s Kirk Barkley with a 77, followed by Cedar Glen’s Chris Phifer at 79. Barkley’s 77 gave him the B flight low net win with a 63.
The three B flight players, brought the total to 12 golfers for the day to break the 80 barrier.
Next up in B flight were Mike Laurin (Upper Canada) with an 81, Bruce Whitteker (Cedar Glen) at 82, Daryl Shelp (Cedar Glen) at 83 and Dave MacLenaghan (Morrisburg) 84.
Cedar Glen players John Macpherson and Lawrence Larocque and Iroquois’ Don Poland tied with 85s in the 36 player B division.
Doug Warner (Morrisburg) was the top shooter in the 10-player C flight with an 89. Low net in C flight went to Jason McIntosh who shot a 91 for the low net score of 70.
Next up were Francis Barkley with a 94 and Ben Macpherson with a 95. Byron Brunt shot a 98 and two-year defending C champion, Mike Berube was next with a 100.