Creighton, Locke have first round lead at NSGA four-ball championship

John DeMings
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Digby natives combine for a 8 under 63 at Osprey Ridge, leading Clare’s Lombards by one stroke

Digby's Eric Locke and Myles Creighton combined to shoot an eight under 63, good enough for a one stroke lead heading into today’s (Sunday) final round of the NSGA Men's Four Ball championship.

Eric Locke lines up a putt on the 15th hole  at Osprey Ridge while partner Myles Creighton looks on.

 

Despite a windy day Saturday at Osprey Ridge Golf Club, many golfers were in fine form and low scores were an indicator of their excellent play.

"It started on number eleven, he (Creighton) made a 20-foot birdie and that really kickstarted our round. Myles had a good feel for the greens early on and we were both hitting the ball well" explained Locke on how their round unfolded.

The Locke and Creighton pair started on number 10 tee, and would go on to record five birdies on the back, including a run of six birdies in seven holes from hole 14 to hole 2. Their eighth birdie of the day came on the uphill number 9 when Creighton stuck his approach within four feet and would convert the birdie.

"We work well together, and fortunately today we had each other's back if one of us had a bad tee shot," said Creighton.

For those unfamiliar with the format, four-ball stroke play is a competition in which two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole.

Early on yesterday, course conditions were ideal, but as the day progressed the wind became more of a factor. For both Locke and Creighton, they said it's a familiar adversary.

"We get wind quite a bit in Digby, it's not always that bad but we were comfortable adjusting," said Locke. Creighton added "We noticed the wind was picking up late in our round, it should be tougher conditions for the afternoon draw.”

Heading into Sunday’s round, both Locke and Creighton said they would need to do more of the same.

“Just like today, we need to focus on keeping the ball in the fairway. The course is in such great shape if you get a ball on the fairway its usually going to lead to a good second shot," Locke said, noting the rough can be a challenge with a stray tee shot.

Finishing only one stroke back was Clare's Marc and Stephane Lombard. Like Locke and Creighton, both golfers acknowledged that Clare has strong gusts and the wind did not play much of a factor. When asked what helped them to the strong round the Lombards said it was keeping the game simple.

"We just took our birdie chances when they presented themselves, we didn't try to force the game too much". 

 Finishing after the Lombard's was the South Shore pairing of Ryan Dixon and Jody Swim from River Hills Golf Club who finished third with a 65. There was then a logjam of golfers who finished with scores under par including the 2009 Four Ball champions Terry Clarke and Steve Ingram. Clarke explained the course was in excellent shape "the entire course was immaculate, it's really fun to be able to come play at an event like this". When asked what he and Ingram need to do tomorrow to move up the ladder Clarke replied "pretend we are in tenth! When we won in 2009 we had no idea what other teams were doing and we just played golf, shot the lowest we could and that'll be our plan for tomorrow". 

Play continues today with the leaders group of Creighton, Locke and the Lombards teeing off at 2:10 pm.

Organizations: Osprey Ridge Golf Club, River Hills Golf Club

Geographic location: Digby, South Shore

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