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British Columbia Golf – Murdoch & Carrigan Take Respective Leads In Women’s & Men’s Mid-Am/Mid-Master
Nanaimo, B.C. – May 31, 2016 – The first round of the 2016 British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur & Mid-Master Championships at Nanaimo Golf Club has two very familiar names at the top of their respective leaderboards. Although one of them may be a slight surprise, admittedly even to herself.
Sixty-six year old Alison Murdoch has the lead in both the Women’s Mid-Am and Mid-Masters categories while Kevin Carrigan leads the Men’s Mid-Am with Sandy Harper, Gudmund Lindjberg and Greg Bismeyer tied at the top of the Mid-Masters divison.
Murdoch Leads Both Women’s Mid-Amateur & Mid-Masters Divisions
Alison Murdoch was especially delighted and a little surprised to find herself in the lead after Tuesday’s first round of the B.C. Women’s Mid-Amateur & Mid-Master Championship at Nanaimo Golf Club.
The 66-year-old Murdoch is giving away a few years to the rest of the field. That didn’t seem to matter Tuesday, however, when the longtime Victoria resident shot a six-over 78 on Nanaimo’s classic A.V. Macan-designed layout.
That gave her the lead in both competitions. The Mid-Amateur is open to players 25 and older. The Mid-Master category is for players 40 and over. Murdoch’s closest pursuer is Vancouver’s Phyllis Laschuk, who shot an 80 and is also competing in both competitions.
Port Alberni’s Jackie Little, the 2015 B.C. Senior Women’s champion withdrew before Tuesday’s first round with a sore back.
Kevin Carrigan Leads Mid-Am, 3 Tied For Lead In Mid-Masters Division
Kevin Carrigan travelled from his Victoria home to play a couple of rounds at Nanaimo Golf Club before this week’s B.C. Mid-Amateur & Mid-Master Championships and it’s paying early dividends.
He asked Sandy Harper, the accomplished longtime Nanaimo member, to play with him. “Any time you can get a look at a golf course before you come out it is invaluable and needless to say there’s not a guy out here who knows more about this place than Sandy does,” Carrigan said after shooting a four-under 68 to grab a five-shot lead after the first round of the Mid-Amateur.
The Mid-Amateur is open to players 25 and over. The Mid-Master, for players 40 and over, is being played at the same time. The aforementioned Harper had a share of the Mid-Master lead after opening with a one-over 73 on Tuesday.
The 59-year-old Harper, who won the 2012 B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at Nanaimo, wasn’t taking any credit for Carrigan’s solid round on Tuesday. “We played a couple of rounds together,” Harper said.
“When he outdrives me by 60 yards it’s hard to tell him what lines to take. You can certainly tell him what side of the fairway is better and that kind of stuff. Truly, when Kevin is on his game, he is in a different class than the rest of this field. It is just different. He hits it like a Tour player and he’s a great guy to play with, too.”
Harper has a share of the Mid-Master lead with Gudmund Lindjberg of Pitt Meadows and Greg Bismeyer of Mission. Victoria’s Craig Doell is just one shot back after a two-over 74.
Like many in the field, Doell had difficulty reading the subtle breaks on Nanaimo’s greens. “The greens definitely got me today,” Doell said. “I think I had 35 putts. They are very challenging greens. Any putt from any range is in jeopardy of missing, basically.”
Josh Coletti of Nelson, Brent Wilson of Cobble Hill, Cameron MacKenzie of Vancouver and Scott Kral of Victoria also shot 73s and are part of a seven-way tie for second in the Mid-Amateur competition.
Defending Mid-Amateur champion Jordan Belton of Surrey had a roller-coaster opening round. Belton had six birdies, but several ‘others’ and shot a 77.
The 54-hole event continues with the second round on Wednesday and concludes Thursday.
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