Take no prisoners at tee time

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AMHERST - As golfers polish up their clubs for this weekends club championship at the Amherst Golf Club, two golfers who will be on everyone's minds are Mark Gould and Gary Carter.
Gould won the title the last two years, and before that Carter was club champion for 14 out of the last 16 years.
How does Carter plan to do this year?
"Better than last year," the 56-year-old said with a big laugh.
Last year it was Gould defeating Mitchell Roy in a playoff and this year both men say it's anybody's game.
"I'm not playing the greatest right now," the 41 year old Gould said. "But I hope to be in the hunt."
Asked if he will be bringing his 'A' game Gould said, "I don't even know where my 'A' game is right now."
Though both men say they aren't at the top of their game, they hope this weekend's tournament will bring out the best.
"If I play a good first round in and am at least be close to the lead and have a chance at it," Gould added.
"The thing to do is try to be in contention and and let the chips fall where they may," Carter said.
An old saying is, "You can't win it on the first day but you can lose it."
"You don't want to go out and throw a big number up and not have a chance," Gould said.
Gould has played golf for 15 years and Carter has been playing for about 35 years.
"We've been playing together for about the last eight or nine years," Gould said.
Both play golf about five days a week and play about two rounds a week with each other.
"You have be committed if you want to get better. You have to have a passion for the game," Gould said. "I practice a lot and play a lot just to improve and playing with Gary has improved my game a lot."
Despite the long friendship, when asked what it means to them to either retain or regain the title, they leave no doubt about their competive spirit.
"I'd like to regain the title," Carter said. "I'd like to beat Mark, no doubt about it. That's why we play."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Amherst Golf Club

Geographic location: AMHERST

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