AMHERST – Mark Gould stormed out to an early lead and never missed a beat winning the Amherst Golf Club’s men’s championship by four strokes.
Gould fired rounds of 70 and 72 to card a 142 over the two-day event, with Matt Cormier placing second with rounds of 74 and 72 for a total of 146.
“It was probably the best two rounds of golf I’ve put together all summer,” said Gould, who built up a strong lead early in Saturday’s opening round with three consecutive birdies. “I wasn’t expecting much going in after shooting an 89 on Thursday, but I managed to stay out of trouble and everything was working well.”
Gould said he concentrated on controlling his swing more and worked to avoid over swinging.
“I focused on having a smooth swing and making good shots,” he said. “When you hit 13 or 14 greens in a round it makes a huge difference. My putting was good with most of my puts coming from four or five feet. You start missing those and you have a problem.”
It was a big switch from last year when the championship came down to the final hole when he bogeyed Number 18 and Cormier double bogeyed. Gould bogeyed 18 again Sunday, but there wasn’t nearly as much stress as a year ago.
“It was little easier coming up 18 this year knowing that I had a four-stroke lead,” Gould said.
Cormier, who picked up low gross honours in the first division, said he had two good rounds, but missed an opportunity to make up ground on Saturday.
“I played very well, but Mark was too good. I couldn’t make up any ground,” Cormier said. “I sort of let one slip away on Saturday. I had a good shot, but I didn’t take advantage of it. Credit to Mark, though, he played very well and didn’t give me a chance to catch up.”
Paul Harrison fired a 148 to win the top senior award and picked up second low gross in the first division. Third low gross was Gary Carter while Cliff Lowery was fourth low gross.
Al Weeks was the low net winner in the first division while Harry Thurston was second, Bruce Hebert was third and Tyler Ferdinand was fourth.
Mitchell Roy won the second division while Paul Christie was second, Steve Wood third and Jason Bartlett fourth. Derek Acton had the low net in the second division, Curt Duggan was second, Carson Thompson third and Doug Calder fourth.