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Tournament line-up begins
Chip-off decides second and third place

Roxanna Thompson
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, May 31, 2012

This year's line up of tournaments at the Seven Spruce Golf Course hit the links last Saturday with the Opening Tournament.

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Will Michaud pauses for a second at the apex of his golf swing before driving his ball down the fairway on Hole 6 during the Opening Tournament at the Seven Spruce Golf Course on May 26. - Roxanna Thompson/NNSL photo

Approximately 40 golfers participated in the event that followed a two-person best ball format.

"It was another great start to another great season at Seven Spruce," said Kele Antoine, who organized the tournament.

Antoine said the turnout was great as was the beautiful weather that the golfers had to play in. The course was in good shape although the grass is still growing in, he said.

There were no prizes besides bragging rights at the tournament, which is primarily held as a membership drive to start the season.

TG Wilson and Will Michaud took first place in the tournament finishing with a 71, one under par for 18 holes. Close behind were the teams of Arnold Hope and Steven Lenoir, and Trevor Kjeldsli and Neil Phillips, both with 77.

To settle the tie, the two teams went to a chip-off.

"There was no pressure, everyone was just having fun," said Hope.

With both Hope and Lenoir's balls landing on the green on Hole Nine and Lenoir coming closest to the pin, the team moved into second place. Hope said throughout the tournament he and Lenoir were having relatively easy pars. The team had three bogies, one double bogie and 14 pars.

"It was a great tournament," he said.

Hope said he is looking forward to the entire golf season.

"It's going to be nice out there," he said.

Hope said he finds the course is continually getting better as it matures and the trees grow larger.

Fourth place in the tournament went to Antoine and Dave Shaw with 79. In the longest drive competition, Darren Hardisty claimed the title for the men while Kristen Morrison drove her ball deep onto the fairway of Hole Eight for the women's title.

The Chamber of Commerce Tournament on June 9 will be the next competition at the course. The event will follow a stroke play format.

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