They looked formidable all weekend, and played with a steady confidence even the best golfers would admire. Eric Locke and Myles Creighton took home the NSGA four ball championship by a comfortable four strokes at Osprey Ridge on Sunday.
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Eric Locke, left, and Myles Creighton celebrate their NSGA men's four-ball championship.
Leading after the first round by one stroke over Clare’s Marc Lombard and Stephane LeBlanc, Locke and Creighton responded with another dazzling performance tying for the lowest round of the day at 66 (-5).
Locke and Creighton, who grew up together in Digby, managed to bogey only one hole over both rounds. Although sunny Sunday morning, dark clouds loomed in mid-afternoon and rain continued for a couple hours before conditions improved once again.
Asked what led to the strong performance, both golfers said it was a combination of staying out of trouble and hitting greens in regulation.
"Today we only really got in trouble on (hole) four, Myles hit a stray tee shot and I made a tough par otherwise we played very well, lots of on-in-two-shots," said Locke.
Despite the eventual four-stroke victory, things were close and heading through nine holes River Hill's Ryan Dixon and Jody Swim moved to within one shot of Locke and Creighton.
“At the turn, we heard we were one stroke up,” said Creighton. “Fortunately we birdied eleven and twelve, then there was a delay on thirteen and we saw Dixon and Swim had a tough hole, so we knew we had a bit of breathing room then."
The win is particularly special for Locke and Creighton as they grew up together in Digby, "It's really special, we played together at a young age, and Myles is my best friend,” said Locke. “To able to win with him is special."
Creighton added having played together so long they essentially caddy for one another.
"Eric was the one who got me into golf. We know each other so well, how far we hit each club. Eric pretty much told me every club I should hit today, he knows me that well."
Although both have had success at the provincial level before—Locke with provincial junior titles in 2008 and 2009, and Creighton with Midget and Juvenile titles—they said the four-ball was a great tournament to win.
With the Junior championship yet to come, Creighton said his game is coming together.
"I am hitting the ball really well right now, and I am confident. Paragon has a lot less elevation, nice flat greens so I am hoping for a good week at the Junior."
Finishing in second was Yarmouth's pairing of Morgan Penney and Derek Boudreau who carded an stellar nine under. Lombard and Leblanc came third at –seven under after finishing at even par for round two.
—From the Nova Scotia Golf Association