Roy out to retain club championship

Dave Mathieson
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AMHERST - Winning a title for the first time can be a thrilling experience. Defending it can be nerve wracking.
But not for Amherst's Mitch Roy, who will be defending his Amherst men's club championship title this weekend at the Amherst Golf Club.
"I just want to go out and have fun. That's what I did last year and that's what I hope to do this year," said the 26-year-old Roy.
"When I have fun, that's when I seem to do my best."
Roy hasn't been having much fun during the last few weeks.
"I've been playing some pretty lousy golf," he said. "I'm going to have to play a lot better if I hope to win this weekend."
The conditions of the greens could be a major factor in where he finishes.
"I play better on quicker greens and they've been kind of wet and slow for much of the last few weeks," said Roy. "So hopefully, come Saturday, they'll be good and fast."
Gary Carter will also hit the links on Saturday and Sunday.
As a man who has defended the title close to 15 times, Carter knows what it takes to repeat.
"You have to have all your clubs working good for those two days," said the 58-year old. "And right now my long irons are bad but my short irons are good."
The last time Carter won the club championship was in 2006, and he'd love to regain the title.
"I have an outside chance of winning, but there will be a lot of good golfers out there this weekend who can say the same thing," he said.
Club pro Frank McShane said that besides Roy, Carter and 2007 champion Mark Gould, there are a number of golfers who could become club champion this weekend.
"Mitch, Mark and Gary are the top three going into the tournament," said McShane. "But there are about 10 guys behind them that could get it going for a couple of days and pull off a win."
McShane said the club championship is usually reserved for the golfer who can chip and putt.
"As long as you can keep the ball in play and chip and putt well, then you should do well. This course is a lot more forgiving if you can putt than if you can bomb it 320 yards."
McShane is impressed with the condition of the course, especially the greens.
"The greens have been wet for the last few days but besides that they are in amazing shape," said McShane. "Hopefully they'll dry up for the championship."
The tournament begins Saturday at 7 a.m., with the first round of play wrapping up at around 4:30 p.m.
The times for Sunday's second round are the same as Saturday.

Organizations: Amherst Golf Club

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