AMHERST – Matt Cormier is tough to beat when he's playing at his best.
Cormier followed an opening round 73 with a 70 on Sunday to win the red jacket as the Amherst Golf Club's men's club champion.
"It feels great. I had an awesome two rounds and my playing partners were great to play with ," said Cormier, who had a two-day total of 143 – six stroke back at 149. "I had my good friend on the bag and he helped me quite a bit."
Despite challenging conditions on the course on Saturday, Cormier set the pace early on with a 73. Justin Matthews was just a stroke back going into the final day and despite putting in a solid 75 in the final round he couldn't keep pace with Cormier.
"When he's playing good he's not beatable," Matthews said. "I really enjoyed being partnered up with him, I learned quite a bit about how he approached the game and each shot."
Cormier said having so many players in the hunt kept hiim focused on Sunday.
"I couldn't really play match play against my group, I knew I had to score well to win," Cormier said. "It helped me stay focused."
Cormier said he played consistent golf and was able to adjust to the wind.
"The course setup was the same both days, but the wind was gusting and changing directions. It was hard to judge the win. Today, it settled down and was much more manageable."
For Cormier, it was his first club championship since 2010 and second in his career.
Gary Carter and Cliff Lowery shared the senior championship trophy.
In the first division, Matthews had the low gross score with a 149 while Ryan Handley was second in the group at 150, Nick Porter was third at 155 and Harry Thurston was fourth at 155 by retrogression.
Low net in the first division went to Lowery with a 135, Mitch Roy was second at 137, Jeff Aucoin was third at 141 and Gary Estabrooks was fourth at 143.
In the second division, Ted Mills has the top gross score at 158, Rob Gogan was second at 160, Curt Duggan was third at 161 and Carter was fourth at 167.
Joe Bourgeois had the top low net score in the division with at 139, Joel Stronge was second at 143, Derek Foster was at 143 through retrogression and Jim Train was fourth at 144.
Rod Wood had the top low gross score in the third division with a 168 while Jordie Shaw was second at 168, Eric Richards was third at 174 and Eldon MacKay was fourth at 177
Low net honours in the division went to Ed Childs with a 132, Shawn Giffin was second at 137, Dave Slade was third at 142 and Jeremy White was fourth at 147.