Baddeck’s Ernie Sheaves leading senior championship

John DeMings
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Andy Wilson continues to lead Digby contingent

Ernie Sheaves of Baddeck fired Thursday’s low round, a scorching -4 (67), to take the lead at the NSGA Senior Men’s championship held at the par-71 Digby Pines golf course

Leading a group of Digby players at today’s third and final round is Andy Wilson, whose round yesterday of 78 put him into a tie for eleventh. He had started the day tied for fifth. Other Digby golfers in the top 50 are Murray Carruthers (80-79), in a tie for 36th spot, and Rod Robicheau (80-80), in a tie for 45th.

Thursday started with overcast skies and patches of fog, but the sun emerged by the afternoon’s draw, creating perfect playing conditions. Sheaves took full advantage starting his first four holes at -2, making birdie on holes #2 and #4. Back to back bogeys on five and six had Sheaves back where he started, but a birdie on #8 and an eagle on #9 had Sheaves at -3 through the turn.

"I started out #1 with an up and down to get par and that kind of got me going,” he said. “I made birdie on #2 and #4 got some confidence, even though I had back-to-back bogeys the next two holes I tried not to worry about it."

The highlight of the day for Sheaves came on the par 5 ninth hole where he stuck an approach shot close and converted for an eagle 3.

Sitting right at Sheave's heels is Paragon's Tom Banks who fired another solid round Thursday, posting an even par 71 to go alongside his first day 72. Banks said he scrambled quite well both Wednesday and Thursday despite poor approach shots.

"I have had trouble getting my approach shots close, I've probably only had one shot within 15 feet these last two days. That being said, my putting has been really good to keep me in contention.”

In a tie for third place are first round leader Gerry MacMillan and Mike Hebb, both now at +3 for the tournament. MacMillan had an uncharacteristic 76, while Hebb matched MacMillan's first day total of 69. Both are well in contention of the lead and have combined to win the last three Senior titles. 

Full field results are here 

Organizations: Tom Banks

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