Sometimes when you lose, you win.
Such was the case Sunday for Tim Yorke.
The veteran Kensington golfer lost one-down to 24-year-old Scott Morton in the final of the Abegweit Cresting Prince Edward Island Golf Association Match Play championship at Glasgow Hill Golf Course.
But he earned enough points at the championship to clinch the player of the year award for the second year in a row.
“I’m quite pleased,” Yorke said Sunday night. “It means overall you have played pretty good for the entire year.”
Looking back at his season, he pointed to winning the Clark Cup Open in Summerside in mid-July as a difference maker. He had placed second in the three tournaments up to that point, but the four-stroke victory in Summerside boosted his confidence.
Martin O’Brien finished second in the player of the year standings followed by Cody MacKay.
Yorke said Sunday’s final was a back-and-forth contest with Morton making his move on No. 11 one-down.
“He hit the flag on 11
and it stopped about a
foot” from the hole, Yorke said. “He went on a roll
and won the next three holes in a row.”
He added Morton’s short game was “fantastic.”
Morton, who could not be reached for comment on Sunday, defeated Shellington in the semifinal while Yorke got past Jason Campbell.
Ron Garrett defeated Jim MacIntyre 2 and 1 in the senior division while Cliff Goodwin defeated Chick Lenahan on the 19 hole for the super senior division.
Yorke, who captains the Island team for the Mel Murray Maritime Cup, said Morton’s weekend performance has impacts on next year’s golf season.
“He’ll be guaranteed a pick for the Maritime Cup,” Yorke said.
The point standings are used to select the first eight members of the team with the captain rounding out the team with four more picks.