Digby's Myles Creighton has 6-stroke lead at junior golf provincials

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The final pairingNSGA junior golf championships: Ian Lewis, Owen Patterson and Digby's Myles Creighton.

From the NSGA

Myles Creighton went three-under on day three of the provincial junior golf championships to take a commanding six stroke lead into today’s final round at the Paragon Golf and Country Club in Kingston.

The Digby golfer fired 71a on day one and day then  69 yesterday.

Despite the sizeable lead Creighton told an NSGA spokesperson that he has no intention of taking his foot off the pedal

"I said when I came into this tournament my goal was to be under par each day and tomorrow I'll still be aggressive,” he said. “If someone beats me they beat me, I don't lose the tournament.”

Creighton added his pairings has been helpful.

"I've been lucky I have been paired with Ian Lewis and Owen Patterson,” he said. “I get along well with those guys so I am comfortable out there. Lewis also plays a little bit slower and I can play a bit quick fast so he's good for slowing me down".

 Lewis of Oakfield's Ian Lewis was in second at +1 after three rounds.

Patterson had a bit of a slip today shooting an 80 but remains solid in third place four shots ahead of Oakfield's Shaun Margeson at +9. The top three finishers in both the junior boys and girls championships will represent the province at the Canadian Championships while the fourth place finisher will serve as alternate.

The NSGA will provide live tweeting of the back nine of the Dartmouth Dodge Junior Championships to follow along at home please follow us on twitter: @NovaScotiaGolf

Earlier this week from the NSGA:

Myles Creighton first got his taste of golf ten years ago as a junior golfer at Digby Pines Golf Club.

“My Dad thought it would be a good idea to try golf because we live very close to the course,” he said. “Digby had a large junior golf program, and I took to it right away. I played more than most of the kids starting out.”

Creighton now finds himself one of the favourites this week at the Dartmouth Dodge Junior Championships at Paragon Golf and Country Club.

Creighton first played a competitive event in 2006, and almost as if by design, he immediately began playing with some of the province’s best.

“My first tournament away from my home course was the Sam Thibault Junior Invitational in Clare. I will always remember that because they made a mistake with my age and handicap. I was put in the final group with Eric Locke and Ally Tidcombe who where the best golfers in the province.

“It was exciting and showed me what I had to work for,” said Creighton.

The Digby golfer would go on to play in the 2008 NSGA Midget Championship (now Bantam) at River Run finishing 29th before improving to 3rd in 2009, and winning in 2010.

Creighton has finished in the top ten at the Junior Championships the last three years: 6th in 2011, 9th in 2012, and 4th last year at Seaview.

Creighton said he hopes to win this year’s event by playing under par.

“My game has been very good lately and I am confident heading into provincials,” he zsaid. “My goal is to win the junior by posting an under par score. I am lucky to live close to Paragon so I was able to get some extra rounds in”.

Creighton won the opening tournament of the NSGA junior tour in May, he won the NSGA four-ball tournament at Osprey Ridge in June with fellow Digby golfer Eric Locke, and he won all of his matches and led Canada East to victory at the Canadian Junior Canada Cup at Ashburn in June.

“The four-ball victory with Eric was awesome,” he said. “We are great friends and almost like brothers. He’s a great golfer, and I have learned a lot from him and probably wouldn't be as good today if not for him. We just kind of feed off each other.”

Outside of golf, Creighton is an avid hockey player who also excels at soccer and track and field.

Creighton has been the captain of his high school hockey team the last two years while leading the soccer team this year.

He admits it is difficult to spend much time on other sports when his focus is on golf.

That focus has led to a chance for him to pursue the game at the collegiate level as he is set to attend Radford University in September.

Radford University is located in Radford, Virginia a mid-sized town with a population of roughly 16,000 people.

“I visited the campus in January and met with the coach,” he said. “He took me on a tour of the university, and the golf course, and town and I just kind of fell in love with it right away.

“The town really supports university athletics. I felt that I belonged there, so the decision was an easy one.”

Creighton will study business in the fall and says he may pursue an MBA afterwards.

Creighton said he’s excited to play NCAA Division 1 golf in September and said long term, he’d love to try and play professionally.

“I would like to take my golf game as far as I can and see what happens,” he said. “I enjoy golf so much that I will probably work in the industry, if my dream of reaching a tour comes to an end.

“I will just keep working hard and hope for the best.”

As for this year he hopes to qualify for the Canadian Championships and do well given it will be his last year as a junior.

“It is my last, so I want to compete my best”.

When asked what PGA golfer he most closely resembles, Creighton said for him it’s likely Keegan Bradley.

“I would have to say Keegan Bradley. He has a different routine than most golfers, but most of all is a battler. He puts a lot of emotion into his game and can bounce back from bad rounds I think I play the same way.”

Creighton is grateful for the support from his parents and coaches.

“Jeff MacDonald is currently my coach and we work well together, he understands my game, and I can be a little harder to coach because I am more of a feel player than a technical player,” he said. “I’m also very lucky to be coached by former Team Canada Coach Henry Brunton. He’s been helpful in getting the opportunity to play college golf.

“Lastly having Ed Hanczaryk has been so key to my development. Ed really worked on developing my swing and gave me some great mental tips. He made me a competitive golfer, and I am grateful for his help.”

— From NSGA communications coordinator, Kody Blois

Organizations: Paragon Golf and Country Club, Digby Pines Golf Club, Radford University Bantam NCAA

Geographic location: Oakfield, Kingston, Canada East Clare River Run Radford, Virginia

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