By Jocelyn Turner
Amherst Daily News
AMHERST – Golfers in the Carter’s Sports Cresting Shootout at the Amherst Golf Club yesterday evening putted into the final hole just as the sun was setting. Amherst golfer Matt Cormier took home the top prize.
“The first feeling was relief,” said Cormier about winning. “It’s pretty nerve-wrecking out there.”
In order to make it to the finals, players were divided into three groups of 10. The players with the highest scores after each hole were eliminated.
“Each group of 10 will whittle themselves down to two players after five holes,” said Amherst Club professional Frank McShane. “They’ll knock two players out at the sixth hole, then they’ll knock one out per hole until they get to number nine, where there will be a champion.”
Cormier said playing the shootout was stressful. In order to make it to each round, he said he had to keep himself calm.
“Every hole and every shot carries a lot of pressure because someone is eliminated. I played safe and tried to play every hole for par, not worrying about what everyone else was doing.”
Cormier was awarded a $1,000 check for winning the shootout.
With the shootout over, the golf club will be hosting the Amherst Open tournament today and finishing the second round late Thursday.