Bird captures Maritime Firefighters golf championship

Sam McNeish
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Battles participants, Mother Nature to grab third title over Bible Hill's Eric Johnson

Amherst firefighter Steve Bird battled 70 of his closest friends in addition to the high winds and rain here Saturday to capture his third Maritime Firefighters Association golf crown.

Bird captures Maritime Firefighters golf championship

AMHERST - Amherst firefighter Steve Bird battled 70 of his closest friends in addition to the high winds and rain here Saturday to capture his third Maritime Firefighters Association golf crown.

Bird carded an 88 (44-44) on the day; the same total as Bible Hill Fire Brigade's Eric Johnson (43-45) and was awarded the title through retrogression. Bridgewater's Michael Nauss also finished with an 88 (46-42).

"An 88 (and winning with that score) is nothing to be proud of,' Bird said following play Sunday.

"Those were the worst conditions I've every played in. I think only a tornado touching down could have made it worse,' he added.

That aside, Bird said the three-day event was a lot of fun, especially getting to rekindle some old friendships, make some new ones and get a chance to spread around some ill will all in the name of good humour.

He said you look forward to playing with the guys and bantering back and forth.

"These guys are more like the guys I play with here and it's always fun,' he said.

For Johnson, he said having a bit of course knowledge before hand helped him throughout the inclement weather.

"I learned that you can't be long on any of these holes to be successful, so I went out and tried to stay below the hole,' Johnson said.

"It was pure luck really. The ball stayed below the hole and it was much easier putting uphill than it would have been coming back,' he added.

Johnson said having the proper raingear helped as well. He said the better golfers were prepared while others were in shorts and shirts, socked and shivering, which didn't make their day enjoyable and he said that was unfortunate for the type of event it is.

Doug Carr of Charlottetown, P.E.I had the low net of the field with a 70 followed by Darrell Gauthier of North River, P.E.I. and Brian Burns of Bible Hill with 71 and 72 respectively.

The Onslow-Debert entry was awarded as the most sportsmanlike team.

"The field certainly persevered through some very inclement weather,' tournament co-ordinator Vern Megeney said.

"We had about half a dozen groups pack it in after 13 or 14 holes so obviously they didn't figure in the scoring,' he added.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Maritime Firefighters Association

Geographic location: Charlottetown, North River

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