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Belvedere golfer Cody MacKay, left, and Stanhope pro Jeremy Stevenson wait for the fairway to clear before starting their playoff in the Potato Blossom golf tournament Sunday at Mill River. They finished the 36-hole tournament tied for the lead with a score of 146. Stevenson broke the tie on the first playoff hole.
MILL RIVER – A birdie on the 18th hole by Stanhope pro Jeremy Stevenson set the stage for a dramatic finish to the two-day Potato Blossom golf tournament.
Stevenson moved into a tie for first place with Belvedere’s Cody MacKay, setting the stage for a playoff Sunday at the Mill River Provincial Golf Course.
A bogey was all Stevenson needed on the first playoff hole to take first place. He had rounds of 75 and 71 for a two-day total of 146.
Stevenson went into the final round three strokes behind MacKay. Playing together in the tournament’s final group, MacKay increased his lead to four strokes after nine holes, before Stevenson started his climb.
“I knew (MacKay) had one shot on me, so I figured a birdie would get me tied,” Stevenson said of his final putt on 18.
Stevenson, who commended MacKay on a good 10-foot putt and the final regulation drop of the tournament to preserve the tie, said he was pleased with his play in what was his first competitive tournament of the year.
“I played good and had it going early, then gave some back and hung in there for the end,” he said.
MacKay, who opened play Saturday with a 72, was pleased with his long game but struggled with his short game on Sunday.
“My putter went cold today. I had a lot of good looks, but couldn't get anything to drop,” he said.
Ninety-one golfers competed in the 36-hole event, which had Noye Enterprises as its title sponsor.
As an added long-ball incentive in the tournament, sponsors put up a $10,000 prize for any golfer to ace No. 11 on Saturday, and a car for acing the hole on Sunday. No one collected the prize.
There was one ace in the tournament, but Red Sands golfer Mark Phillips accomplished the rare feat six holes too late. The C division golfer, with playing partners Bruce Erickson and Jim Osbourne from the host club, used a No. 9 iron to ace the 142-yard hole.
Golfers contended with cool and windy conditions on Saturday, but were blessed with warm, sunny play on Sunday.
Results from the two-round Potato Blossom golf tournament held during the weekend at the Mill River Provincial Golf Course.
Myrna Millar, Mill River 83 86 169
Paula Buote, Mill River 91 84 175
Erin Musgrave, Country Meadows –145
Sharon Jones, Mill River–146
Jeremy Stevenson, Stanhope 75 71 146
Nick, Peters, Summerside 74 77 151
Cody MacKay, Belvedere 72 74 146
Martin O’Brien, Mill River 76 73 149
Stu Musgrave, Country Meadows 78 74 152
Tim Yorke, Green Gables/Andersons Creek 78 78 156
Kyle Fraser, Mill River – 148
Curtis Hall, Belvedere – 149
Brody McGregor, Belvedere – 151
Jason Campbell, Mill River – 155
Mark McKenna, Avondale 75 78 153
Rodney Arsenault, Mill River 81 76 157
Andy Luttrell, Mill River 79 79 158
Marty Koughan, Avondale 83 79 162
Mel Bernard, Andersons Creek – 145
John McBride, Mill River – 150
Eddie Trail, Mill River – 152
Chris Trail, Mill River – 155
Jim MacIntyre, Mill River 79 77 156
Connor Lea, Avondale 81 77 158
Mark Phillips, Red Sands 86 80 166
Jim Osbourne, Mill River 86 80 166
Mattieu Boudreau, Pine Needles – 135
Donald Stewart, Mill River – 139
Bruce Erickson, Mill River – 143
Mike Adams, Mill River – 146
Phil LeClair, Mill River 82 87 169
Bob Matheson, Mill River 88 88 176
Bob Dickson, Mill River 88 88 176
Peter Griffin, Mill River 87 93 180
Louis Walsh, Clyde River – 143
Harvey Mazerolle, Mill River – 150
Joe McGuire, Mill River – 152
Brian Lewis, Mill River – 152