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Austin Connelly a hit at Clare golf course


COMEAUVILLE - Canada’s number one ranked amateur golfer took advantage of a break in his schedule to play a few rounds of golf at his home club in Clare this week, much to the delight of both junior and senior golfers.

Connelly, with his parents Bridget and Bill Connelly, was on the Clare Golf and Country Club course for three days during a visit to grandparents Dolores and Bill Connelly of Lake Doucette.

Connelly, who lives most of the year in Irving, Texas, is a dual US and Canadian citizen, and is Canada’s top men’s amateur golfer.

Bill Twaddle, zone representative for the Nova Scotia Golfing Association, said Connelly is ranked 12th in the amateur world.

“Austin spent much of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday playing golf with other members and he joined the clinic for juniors giving the young players pointers,” Twaddle said.

“The junior players were excited to have him there and many of them followed him around the course during his time at the CGCC.”

Long-time member Brad Bright said he was thrilled to be invited to team up with the young golfer on Wednesday.

“It was such a thrill for me to be part of the foursome with Austin,” Bright said. “Connelly is going to be a pro and I’ll never get another chance to play with a pro golfer.”

Bright said it was one of the best games he has played and he enjoyed the friendly competition.

It’s nice to have a young golfer of his caliber here on course, Bright added.

Another CGCC member Dwight Wagner said the talent that can come out of a small area is amazing.

“It’s a boost to the club to have Connelly here and it certainly helps with the club’s recognition,” he said.

A ‘meet and greet’ session at the local golf club offered guests and members an opportunity to speak with Connelly.

Golf club president Blair Mellor presented Connelly with gifts and souvenirs from the club and wished him well as he takes part in upcoming tournaments in Ontario.

Connelly thanked the club for its support and expressed his appreciation for the time he was able to spend playing golf with other club members and making new friends.

The 18-year-old golfer recently competed in the Nova Scotia Open, an event this year on the Web.Com Tour. He missed the cut by one stroke.

“I was tied for eighth on Thursday but had a couple of unfortunate breaks on Friday when my putts wouldn’t go in,” Connelly said. “It wasn’t my best game for sure, but that can happen.”

He finished up the Open on Sunday, July 5, by caddying for Mark Walker.

Connelly, a member of the Canadian national team, leaves for Toronto on the weekend in preparation for the Pan-Am Games. Golfing begins July 16 at Angus Glen in Markham.

Connelly said he is happy to be representing Canada at the Games and feels it will be a neat experience off the golf course.

“Being at the games and playing with three other Canadian golfers will be a great experience,” he said.

Connelly is looking forward to playing in another PGA Tour at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville following the Pan Am Games.

 

Connelly, with his parents Bridget and Bill Connelly, was on the Clare Golf and Country Club course for three days during a visit to grandparents Dolores and Bill Connelly of Lake Doucette.

Connelly, who lives most of the year in Irving, Texas, is a dual US and Canadian citizen, and is Canada’s top men’s amateur golfer.

Bill Twaddle, zone representative for the Nova Scotia Golfing Association, said Connelly is ranked 12th in the amateur world.

“Austin spent much of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday playing golf with other members and he joined the clinic for juniors giving the young players pointers,” Twaddle said.

“The junior players were excited to have him there and many of them followed him around the course during his time at the CGCC.”

Long-time member Brad Bright said he was thrilled to be invited to team up with the young golfer on Wednesday.

“It was such a thrill for me to be part of the foursome with Austin,” Bright said. “Connelly is going to be a pro and I’ll never get another chance to play with a pro golfer.”

Bright said it was one of the best games he has played and he enjoyed the friendly competition.

It’s nice to have a young golfer of his caliber here on course, Bright added.

Another CGCC member Dwight Wagner said the talent that can come out of a small area is amazing.

“It’s a boost to the club to have Connelly here and it certainly helps with the club’s recognition,” he said.

A ‘meet and greet’ session at the local golf club offered guests and members an opportunity to speak with Connelly.

Golf club president Blair Mellor presented Connelly with gifts and souvenirs from the club and wished him well as he takes part in upcoming tournaments in Ontario.

Connelly thanked the club for its support and expressed his appreciation for the time he was able to spend playing golf with other club members and making new friends.

The 18-year-old golfer recently competed in the Nova Scotia Open, an event this year on the Web.Com Tour. He missed the cut by one stroke.

“I was tied for eighth on Thursday but had a couple of unfortunate breaks on Friday when my putts wouldn’t go in,” Connelly said. “It wasn’t my best game for sure, but that can happen.”

He finished up the Open on Sunday, July 5, by caddying for Mark Walker.

Connelly, a member of the Canadian national team, leaves for Toronto on the weekend in preparation for the Pan-Am Games. Golfing begins July 16 at Angus Glen in Markham.

Connelly said he is happy to be representing Canada at the Games and feels it will be a neat experience off the golf course.

“Being at the games and playing with three other Canadian golfers will be a great experience,” he said.

Connelly is looking forward to playing in another PGA Tour at the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey in Oakville following the Pan Am Games.

 

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