Yorke claims Avondale Open

Jason Malloy
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Morton, O'Brien round out top three

Tim Yorke started the competitive golf season by scoring a three-stroke victory over Scott Morton to claim the Avondale Open.

Yorke finished with a two-round total of 4-over 148 after rounds of 75 on Saturday and 73 on Sunday. Morton shot 77 and 74 for a two-round total of 151 while defending champion Martin O’Brien had a 79 and a 74 to finish third at 153.

Yorke and Morton were tied heading to No. 13 where Yorke birdied and Morton pared. The Kensington resident, who golfs at Green Gables and Andersons Creek, did not relinquish the lead from there.

“Playing with Scott was a treat because he putts so good,” Yorke said. “He really had me under the gun the whole day, except for the last couple of holes.”

Yorke entered Sunday’s round with a two-shot lead over Morton and Brodie McGregor. The first round was played in cold, wet and windy conditions, while Sunday was better, Yorke said, the wind still made it challenging.

“It was a pretty rewarding win because the conditions were so tough all weekend,” he said.

Yorke lost the event to O’Brien in a playoff in 2013. It was the start of three straight second-place finishes, so he was pleased to begin 2014 with a victory.

“As much as I try not to think about that, you still do,” he said.

Avondale is the first of four tournament used to determine exemptions to the national amateur and mid-amateur championships.

The Clark Cup is this weekend in Summerside, where the amateur will be played July 5 and 5, while the following weekend is the Potato Blossom in Mill River is June 21 and 22.

 

Avondale open

Scores from the two-round Avondale Open.

Championship Division

Tim Yorke                     75    73    148

Scott Morton                 77    74    151

Martin O'Brien               79    74    153

Curtis Hall                    79    75    154

Mark Mckenna               79    75    154

Jason Campbell             80    76    156

Cody McKay                  80    76    156

Brodie McGregor            77    80    157

Kris Currie                     84    78    162

Tommy Schurman          78    85    163

Steven Gamester            83    82    165

Adam Constable             79    87    166

Will O'Brien                   81    85    166

Jeremy Brown               84    84    168

Luke Allan                    87    81    168

Quinton Gorman            82    87    169

Mark Somers                84    87    171

Jamie MacIntyre           89    82    171

Kirk MacPhee                87    85    172

David Wheatly              86    90    176

Brodie Ward                 93    85    178

Andrew Lutrell              83    DNF    DNF

Travis Carr                   87    DNF    DNF

Second Division

George Stewart             88    81    169

Duke Constain               87    86    173

Marty MacLeod              89    85    174

Jack Stokes                   91    87    178

Trevor Mayne                 91    92    183

Vaughn Smith                93    94    187

Terry Walsh                   98    94    192

Tom MacDonald            105    88    193

David Hunt                   105    98    203

Louis Walsh                  109    101    210

Bert Stevenson             114    102    216

First Division (blacks)

Shawn Hughes              92    78    170

Alex Dunphy                 91    91    182

Daniel Stewart              94    89    183

Dave Cantelo              106    85    191

First Division (whites)

Grant Somers             81    82    163

Mel Bernard               80    84    164

Jarmo Puiras              85    81    166

Richards MacKinnon    81    93    174

Norm Platt                  90    84    174

Ladies Division

Sherry White              88    83    171

Melissa Castle             93    89    182

Geographic location: Kensington, Green Gables, Andersons Creek Summerside Mill River

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