Team P.E.I. will be looking to defend its Mel Murray Maritime Cup this weekend in New Brunswick.
Twelve-member teams representing each of the four Atlantic provinces will play a two-day Ryder Cup format tournament Saturday and Sunday at the St. Andrews Golf Course. The Island squad won the past three championships at the Mill River Golf Course.
“We’re very proud of that,” said captain Tim Yorke. “Not many P.E.I. teams have beat the best teams in the Maritimes three years in a row.”
Newfoundland and Labrador are joining the tournament this year.
“It’s very prestigious tournament to play in,” Yorke said, noting players start inquiring about it early in the spring.
This year’s team includes Yorke, John Schurman, Martin O’Brien, Matt Wood, Rich Little, Dave Shellington, Cody Mackay, Scott Morten, Grant Somers, Nick Arsenaut, Steve Gamester and Kyle Fraser. The top eight golfers from the summer qualify for the team with the remaining four spots being selected by the captain. Burgoyne insurance and Canadian Tire in Summerside are the team’s sponsors.
The golfers will also play an individual competition on Friday.