Morton sets sights on golf goal

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Stanhope golfer hopes two strong rounds at the Lobster Carnival tourney gets him on P.E.I. amateur team

Scott Morton is looking to putt better this weekend in Summerside. The Stanhope member is one of 90 golfers taking part in the two-day Lobster Carnival tournament at the Summerside Golf and Country Club.

Scott Morton knows two good rounds of golf this weekend will help him achieve his goal of making Prince Edward Island’s amateur golf team.

The Stanhope Golf and Country Club member is in sixth place with 132 points heading into today’s first round of the Lobster Carnival tournament at the Summerside Golf and Country Club.

The two-day, 36-hole event will serve as the final tournament players can earn points in to make the provincial teams for the 2012 Canadian championships Aug. 7 to 10 in Ottawa.

“Right now I just focused on trying to get to the Canadian amateur,” Morton said. “I figure if I can get top three this weekend that would be pretty good.

“Of course, my goal is to try to win, but I’d be happy with a top-three finish. I think it would put me right there.”

There are three amateur and three mid-amateur spots on the provincial teams, as well as exemptions for the next three players at both levels, resulting in the Island being able to send six players to both events.

Two of the three mid-amateur spots are for players 40 and older.

There are 90 players registered for the Lobster Carnival tournament.

“The course is in a condition that most people would not believe,” said course general manager Dallas Desjardins. “The grass has never been better, and the fairways have come a long way the last couple of years.

It’s fun, I love competing. There’s a lot of good guys playing in the tournament, so it won’t be easy. Hopefully (I can) just go out and play a couple good rounds of golf. Scott Morton

“If the weather holds true, we should have some pretty fun conditions come Sunday afternoon.”

This will be Morton’s first time playing in the Lobster Carnival tournament and at the Summerside course.

“It’s fun, I love competing,” the 23-year-old said. “There’s a lot of good guys playing in the tournament, so it won’t be easy. Hopefully (I can) just go out and play a couple good rounds of golf.”

He has heard the greens are good, but fast, so it’s an area of he’s worked on this week.

“That’s what let me down last week,” he said, referring to the P.E.I. Amateur at the Avondale Golf Club, where he finished eighth with a two-day total of eight-over par 152.

John Schurman is the Lobster Carnival tournament’s defending champion and is in contention to make both the amateur and mid-amateur teams.

“I started (the season) with my goal being to play in both the Canadian amateur and mid-amateur,” he said. “I haven’t played in the amateur since 1986, and if my game is good enough I would like to go back to it.”

 

With files from Jason

Simmonds, TC Media

 

 

Organizations: Summerside Golf and Country Club, Stanhope Golf and Country Club, Avondale Golf Club

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Ottawa

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