Port Williams sisters have strong showing at junior girls’ golf provincials

John Decoste jdecoste@kingscountynews.ca
Published on August 5, 2015

Heather McLean, left, and Meghan McLean.

©John DeCoste

PORT WILLIAMS - Matthew and Allison Chandler stole the headlines at the junior golf provincials, becoming the first Nova Scotia siblings to win their respective provincials in the same year.

They’re not the only siblings with a performance worth noting: the McLean sisters from Port Williams, who golf at Ken-Wo, both had strong showings.

Two days after 14-year-old Heather captured the bantam girls’ championship, older sister Meghan, 16, finished in the runner-up position in junior girls’, coming within one stroke of a playoff and a chance to defend her 2014 junior girls’ title.

Heather was pleased with the bantam girls’ win.

“I lost by one last year,” she said, “and it felt good to win this year.”

She was also pleased with her fourth place finish at the junior girls’ provincials.

“I was really happy, as it qualified me for the junior nationals,” she said.

The Nova Scotia alternate a year ago, this is Heather’s first trip to junior nationals, which got underway Aug. 4 in Yorkton, SK and wrap up on Aug. 7.

To Heather, the best thing about the Canadians “is that Meghan and I both get to go.”

For Meghan, playing in the junior girls’ provincials “was a lot of fun. Being tied with Allison on the last day was a great experience for both our games, and learning to play under pressure.”

Meghan was already in Saskatchewan last week to compete in the Canadian Women’s Amateur alongside Allison Chandler. None of the Nova Scotians in the field made the cut for the final two rounds.

Her goal at the Canadian Juniors was simple: “to play the best game I can and make the cut.”

“Putting will be a key part of my game that I’ll have to do well.  Hopefully all goes well and everybody has a lot of fun,” Meghan added.


At the junior provincials

Meghan put plenty of pressure on Allison Chandler before settling for second place overall.

Allison carded rounds of 79-69-82-76 for her 306 total. Meghan started out with a 77 for the first-round lead, then after shooting an 81 on day two, almost matched Chandler’s second-round 69 with an even-par 72 in the third round.

Allison and Meghan were among the golfers forced to complete round three on day four after the third round July 22 was suspended by rain.

Meghan completed her third-round 72 and Allison her third–round 82, leaving them tied for the lead at 230 entering the final round.

Both golfers were still dead even through nine holes, but Allison built a four-stroke lead with a birdie to Meghan’s double bogey on 13.

Meghan, the defending provincial champion, didn’t go down without a fight, birdieing four of the last five holes to cut the lead to one.

Allison had a bogey on 15 and double bogeys on 17 and 18, but managed to finish with a 76 on the day to Meghan’s 77, good for a one-stroke victory.

Liz Furniss of Berwick and Paragon was third overall at 319 in her final tournament as a junior golfer. Furniss, who attends Lawrence Technical University in Michigan during the school year, carded rounds of 81-82-81-75 for her 319 total.

Heather McLean finished fourth overall in junior girls’ with a 335 score. After shooting rounds of 82-85 to capture the bantam girls’ title, Heather shot 88-80 over the final two rounds to earn herself a spot on the provincial junior team.

Allison Chandler, Meghan, Heather and alternate Haley Baker represented Nova Scotia at the Canadian Junior Girls championship in Saskatchewan.

Meghan, along with Allison Chandler, will also represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Match Play Championship Aug. 25-27 in Amherst.


Other Kings County results

Abbie Wisener, a Dartmouth native who golfs out of Ken-Wo, was sixth overall at 369 after rounds of 92-98-85-94. Darcy Fuller of Ken-Wo placed eighth overall at 373 after rounds of 84-98-102-89.

Local golfers Sara Cumby, Mae Batherson and Danielle Cumby also competed, but all three missed the final round cut. Sara Cumby finished plus-48, Batherson plus-56 and Danielle Cumby plus-71.

On the boys’ side, Matthew Chandler won the junior boys’ championship with a score of 286, two under par, following rounds of 71-70-74-71. Matthew was under par for three of his four rounds.

Jonah Vidito of Ken-Wo had the top local finish, tied for tenth overall with rounds of 78-77-80-78 for a 313 total. Drew Ward, also of Ken-Wo, was tied for 14th at 315 after rounds of 81-76-76-82.

Zach Forsythe of Ken-Wo tied for 17th at 316 (81-80-81-74). Ian McLean, the oldest of the golfing McLean siblings, finished tied for 20th at 318 (88-75-76-79). Drake Batherson of Ken-Wo tied for 32nd at 324 (83-76-78-87).

There were no Kings County golfers among the leaders in the provincial bantam boys’ tournament.