Summersides John Irwin claims overall championship
AMHERST - Moncton's Troy Howe fired a 1-over par 72 to defeat Summerside's John Irwin by three strokes to claim the Amherst leg of the Callaway Cup.
Howe birdied five holes while bogeying four others, ending the 18-hole event with one double bogey.
"The golf course was in fantastic condition. The greens here are always tricky and they're always fast. There's always some really challenging pin positions," Howe said following the event that featured a field of 25 golf pros from the Maritimes.
"I played well today, putted well and hit a lot of greens. The greens that I did miss, I managed to get on the green pretty quick."
Howe golfs out of the Moncton Golf and Country Club.
Irwin, who is retired but golfs out of Summerside, was the overall Callaway Cup series winner.
"My game was steady, not spectacular," Irwin said. "I hit the ball well today. My short game wasn't great, but overall I had a good summer."
Irwin was second in the Amherst event with a 75 while five golfers finished four strokes back at 76 - Adam Chamberlain of Gwen Brae, Jeff Wood of Lakeside, Steve LeBlanc of Westfield, Elliott Isenor of Fox Harb'r and former Amherst pro Steve Toombs, who now golfs out of Mactaquac near Fredericton.
Amherst's Frank McShane, Trevor Giggey of Fox Meadow and Nick Peters of Belvedere in Charlottetown were five strokes back at 77. Jamie Wood of Rustico finished at 78.
The tour included five events beginning June 8 with the head pro-assistant pro event at Abercrombie in New Glasgow. Other events included two stroke-play rounds, including Monday's Amherst finale, as well as the pro-pro best ball and a stableford event.