Meghan McLean of Ken-Wo and Myles Creighton of Digby celebrate their wins in the 2014 Nova Scotia Junior Championships.
From the NSGA
Myles Creighton of Digby has won the Nova Scotia Juniors by an incredible 16-stroke margin.
Creighton scored under par on all four days of the Dartmouth Dodge Junior Championship at Paragon in Kingston this Monday to Thursday. He had three one-under 71s and a 69 on Wednesday to finish six under for the tournament.
Oakfield’s Ian Lewis was only six strokes behind Creighton to start the day Thursday but shot an 81 to end up ten-over.
“It was pretty close early on,” said Creighton after he and Lewis both birdied the first hole. “I made a 20-foot par putt on number 2 to par, Ian was playing well and I was thinking I am going to have to play another good round to win.”
But Lewis double-bogeyed the third hole followed by four-straight bogeys on the front nine. Creighton stumbled too with two bogeys but then bounced back with two more birdies, to gain six strokes.
“Once the gap opened up, it made it easier to score, and it took the pressure off,” said Creighton.
Creighton has now won three Nova Scotia golf titles. He won the Midget (now called Bantam) title in 2010, and the Juvenile title in 2011.
“It feels awesome, I have been really wanting to win this for three years now,” he said. “I won the Midget and the Juvenile and this was sort of my triple crown and I wanted to finish it off this week.”
Creighton’s six-under score tied Kevin Dugas’ 1982 record for the lowest score in relation to par at a Junior Boys Championship.
Creighton’s 16-stroke victory was also the largest since 1950 when Bob Rae won by 18 shots over Clarence “Gabby” O’Hearn at the Lingan Golf and Country Club.
Creighton said he hopes to continue his success at the Canadian championship both as an individual and as a team.
“Well we want to win,” he said. “I think we have a good team and a lot of the top guys from last year are gone this year so I think we have a good shot. Personally my goal coming into the year was to win this event (NS Junior), and be in contention. I want to win as well.”
The Canadian Junior Championships run from July 29 to August 1 in Niagara Falls on the Legends of Niagara – Battlefield course.
The Nova Scotia Junior team will be Creighton, Lewis, Ryan Nowe of Osprey Ridge, who finished third at 14-over, and Shaun Margeson of Oakfield who finished 17-over.