Golf NB Championships

Fredericton's Michel Landry aims to defend NB Men's Amateur Crown at Royal Oaks

For Immediate Release: Golf New Brunswick’s (Golf NB) 2020 NB Men’s Amateur is set to take place on July 10th to 12th,  at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Moncton, New Brunswick. The 7,103 yards Rees Jones design challenges players with its rolling fairways, iconic dunes, deep bunkers, and tricky greens. Royal Oaks is no stranger to hosting championships, having recently held the 2018 NB Senior Men’s & Mid-Master Championships which saw The Riverside’s Ed Reevey & Moncton’s Eric Haley capture their respective championship crowns. The 2020 NB Men’s Amateur will be a first for competitors as the previously held 72-hole competition is transitioning into a 54-hole championship event. This year’s field will host 162 players competing for six Championship Titles, the NB Men’s Amateur Championship, NB Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, NB Men’s Mid-Master Championship, NB Junior Boys Under-15 Championship, NB Junior Boys Under-17 championship, and the NB Junior Boys Under-19 Championship. The Junior Division features participants under the age of 19 and promises to have no lack of competition with a number of the provinces highly ranked junior players returning for this year’s event. Joining the field is 2019 NB Junior Boys Champion and Team New Brunswick Member Pierre Luc Arsenault of Le Club de Golf de St. Ignace as well as 2019 NB Junior Boys Runner Up Felix Boucher of Fox Creek and JH Sports’ Daniel Kirby and Nicholas Ritchie of Hampton who both finished T3 in last years event. All of which are able to simultaneously compete for the 2020 NB Men’s Amateur Championship Title. Returning to the field for this year’s event is 2019 Men’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Champion, Michel Landry. Landry looks to capture his second consecutive Amateur Championship and add to his already impressive amateur resume. Also returning is 2019 third-place finisher, Darren Roach of The Riverside Country Club who looks to once again put the pressure on Landry and the battle for the title. Absent from the field in this year’s event is 2019 NB Men’s Amateur Runner Up and Texas State Alumni Calvin Ross who has recently received his PGA of Canada Candidate for Membership as Ross looks to begin his professional playing career. Stuart Earle returns to the field and is looking to improve on his fourth-place finish in last year’s event, also returning are Stu Musgrave and Greg Jones of Country Meadows, Alex Palmer of The Riverside Country Club, and Colin Manning of Moncton. Included in this year’s event, Royal Oaks will play host to the 2020 NB Men’s Mid-Master Championship which features a full field of players eager to make their return to competitive golf. 2019 Champion Darren Ritchie will be absent from this year’s event but will still feature in the 2020 NB Senior Men’s Championship at Miramichi Golf & Country Club on July 20th-22nd. Looking to take advantage of Ritchie’s absence, 2019 Runner Up Darren MacPherson of Restigouche returns as he attempts to push for the NB Men’s Mid-Master Crown. Included in the 2020 field are Ed Reevey of The Riverside Country Club, Tony MacKinnon of West Hills, Tim McRae of Hampton, and Duane Mitton of Sussex who will all be looking to outplay the challenging conditions that Royal Oaks can offer. The 2020 NB Men’s Amateur Championship will also play host to a 21 player Senior Division which will see a number of the provinces top-ranked senior players compete in as they look to prepare for the NB Senior Championships taking place on July 20th.

Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick.  In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province.  Programs offered by Golf NB to its 6,800 members include 12 provincial events, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, junior golf development programs and member club marketing initiatives.]]>