Strong competition set for Amherst Open

Darrell Cole
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Shootout goes Tuesday night

Bill Munro (left) of Archway Insurance and Ken Parrell (right) of Tantramar Chevrolet present their sponsorship of the Amherst Open Golf Tournament to Amherst club pro Frank McShane. The signature event goes next week at the Amherst Golf Club. 

AMHERST – A strong field of professionals and amateurs will descend on the Amherst Golf Club this week for its signature event, the Amherst Open.

“It’s shaping up to be a very good event. We are expecting to have more than 130 golfers competing,” Amherst club professional Frank McShane said.

Amherst’s Michael Archibald will be back to defend the professional title he won in last year’s open while Mitch Roy will defend his amateur title. Other pros coming to the event include Troy Howe, who won the APGA championship recently, last year’s Carter’s Sports Cresting Shootout winner Todd Bishop and Kevin Dugas, who has several open championships under his belt.

Mark Gould, who won the Amherst club championship a few weeks ago, and Matt Cormier, who placed second, will also be participating along with longtime Amherst champion Gary Carter.

Events begin Tuesday with the Carter’s shootout with 30 golfers teeing off at 5 p.m. Three groups of 10 will tee off with two golfers from each group eliminated at each hole. Single golfers will be eliminated before the shootout champion is determined after the ninth hole.

The open itself begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. with the second round wrapping up late Thursday with the crowning of the pro and amateur winners.

“The club is in excellent shape despite the weather,” McShane said. “The greens are good and should play firm and fast.”

Archway Insurance and Tantramar Chevrolet have returned as the tournament’s major sponsors while there are 36 other hole sponsors.

Organizations: Amherst Open, Amherst Golf Club

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