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Digby’s Eric Locke tied for tenth at college golf nationals

QUEBEC CITY -- Eric Locke is tied for tenth after the first 18 holes of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association national golf championships.

Eric Locke of Digby was named athlete of the week at Holland College in PEI.

The Digby golfer recorded four birdies on the first six holes but then fired two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine to end the day even at 72.

The CCAAs started yesterday, Oct. 15 with warm weather at the Club de Golf Lorette in Quebec City. Seventy-six golfers from 14 colleges across Canada are competing.

The championships continue through Friday, Oct. 17.

Locke is tied with ten other golfers, one shot out of sixth. His teammate Brett Wilson of Sussex N.B. is sitting alone in fifth at two under. The two leaders, Jarred Callbeck of Camosun College and Etienne Papineau of Champlain St. Lawrence, are four under at 68.

Locke plays for the Holland College Hurricanes of Charlottetown who are tied for third at three over with the Champlain St. Lawrence Lions.

The Camosun College Chargers and the Fraser Valley Cascades are tied for first at one over.

Locke won every Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association event this season including the championships on Oct. 4 and 5 which he won by thirteen strokes.

Last year Locke finished eleventh at the CCAAs and the Hurricanes finished fifth.

Both Locke and Wilson were named All-Canadians at the opening banquet Tuesday, Oct. 14.

All-Canadians are selected by their conference, in Wilson and Locke’s case the ACAA, based on performance and contribution to the sport and their team.

Locke won the ACAAs in 2013 and 2014 and Wilson won it in 2012, when Locke finished second.

(As a note of interest to people in Digby, Locke was paired up with a fellow named Justin Wood (from Lethbridge College in Alberta), probably not the golfer Justin Wood that people know in Digby. Wood is tied for fifty-third at seven over.)

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