Chester Golf Club Set to Host 2016 COBRA PUMA Junior Championships
Nova Scotia Golf Association – Chester Golf Club will play host to this year’s COBRA PUMA Bantam and Junior Championships. Chester is a beautiful course on the Atlantic Ocean, with winds that demand endurance. Home course siblings Matthew and Allison Chandler are looking to defend their respective junior championships. They became the first brother and sister combo to capture the NSGA Junior in the same year. Younger brother Mark, is also hoping to put his name in the history books as he is set to compete in the Bantam division.
The Bantam Championship will be a two- day event happening on Monday and Tuesday while the Junior Championship will be four days with a cut following the third day. The top ten bantams’ will be invited to play the rest of the Junior Championship but are subject to the cut on Wednesday. Overall there will be six champions named this week with boys and girls winners in the Bantam, (under 15) Juvenile, (under 17) and Junior (under 19). Bantam’s and Juvenile aged players are eligible to win the Junior Championship as well.
Last year’s Bantam champion Ewan Kelly Jr. is now in the Midget field, meaning there will be a new winner in the Bantam division. Kelly finished in third place overall at the event. Owen Mullen would have to be considered a strong favourite, as he finished second at last year’s event at Bell Bay. The Truro native is off to a strong start in 2016 with two tournament wins.
Fall River resident Shaun Margeson who plays at Ashburn Golf Club finished second at last year’s championship. Margeson finished second at the Junior provincials and the NSGA Men’s Amateur at Paragon in 2015. Margeson had a solid week at the 2016 Men’s Amateur at Clare, finishing T17 with a four- day total 72-78-72-72-294.
In the Junior Boys division Benjamin Chasse of Oakfield will be in contention based on his play thus far in the Player of the Year standings. Chasse is in the mix amongst his competition in every qualifying event this 2016 season.
In the Junior Girls Division, the McLean sister’s are playing very well this year. Meghan sits on top of the 2016 NSGA Player of the Year race, and Heather is not far behind. Heather took the honour in 2015.
Home course native, Allison Chandler has a great chance this weekend in the Junior Girls division. Allison captured the 2015 Junior Girls Championship at Bell Bay. Chandler finished 79-69- 82-76-306. Chandler is heading to Gardner-Webb in South Carolina this fall to play Division 1 golf.
The McLean sister’s 2016 campaign so far has been equally successful. Meghan and Heather sit in first and second place, respectively, in the 2016 NSGA Player of the Year race. Meghan finished one shot back of Chandler at Bell Bay in 2015 and finished her final round with three straight birdies.
Heather finished fourth in the Girls Junior division at Bell Bay in 2015. McLean has finished in the top 5 in all of her in province events this summer. Heather is one year younger than Meghan, and sisters will be travelling to Australia this fall for the Srixon International Invitational in New South Wales.
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