Approximately 140 golfers, including as many as 20 professionals, will compete at this year's Amherst Open Golf Tournament next week.
AMHERST – The signature event at the Amherst Golf Club is back with the Amherst Open and Carter’s Sports Cresting Pro-Am Shootout next week.
A group of 30 professionals and amateurs will take to the course on Tuesday to compete for cash and prizes in the nine-hole shootout that begins at 5 p.m. By the sixth tee there will only be six golfers remaining with two eliminated on that hole and single golfers eliminated before a champion is crowned on the ninth hole.
The Amherst Open, sponsored again this year by Archway Insurance and Tantramar Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd., kicks off early Wednesday with a field of 140 professionals and amateurs with a champion crowned on Thursday evening.
“It’s going to be another very competitive event,” Amherst club head professional Frank McShane said. “We have a very strong field this year.”
Among those returning to this year’s Amherst Open is Kevin Dugas from the Links at Montague in Halifax. Dugas won the open on numerous occasions. Other professionals coming include Elliott Isenor of Fox Harb’r, Dan McNeely of Ontario and Tim McCullum from Fredericton.
McNeely has played on the New England tour against a number of PGA golfers, while Amherst club assistant professional Michael Archibald, who finished second in a playoff at the recent assistants championship, will also be competing.
McShane said there is another strong field of amateurs including last year’s Amherst men’s club champion Matt Cormier, multiple men’s club championship winner Gary Carter Sr., Francois Hebert of Royal Oaks, Tom Burge and Kris Leask of Sussex, N.B.
Last year, Josh Landine of Frederiction edged Cormier in a playoff to win the open. Landine led after day one with a 67 and shot a 77 on Day 2, while Cormier had two rounds of 72.
The Amherst club pro said the Amherst Open is one of the final last stroke play tournaments remaining in the region. One of the reasons is the excellent, challenging course as well as the fact the sponsorship money from the major sponsors and 34 other sponsors goes back to the golfers in winnings.
“We couldn’t do this event without the support of companies like Archway Insurance and Tantramar Chevrolet and those other companies that sponsor holes and help us out in many different ways,” McShane said. “We also couldn’t do it without the many volunteers who come out to work on the course during the shootout and the tournament itself.”
McShane said superintendent Peter McCabe have done a tremendous job getting the course ready for the tournament.