For Immediate Release:
MONCTON, NB – Originally scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 4th, the opening round of the 2021 NB Ladies Provincials, Driven by Audi Moncton was postponed due to unplayable course conditions.
Royal Oaks Golf Club welcomed players for Round 1 on Monday, July 5th after a night of drainage and rest. With adjustments to the Championship, 74 of the province’s top female golfers were set to compete in Amateur, Mid-Amateur, Senior, Super-Senior, and Platinum categories over 36 holes for four Provincial Championship Titles.
Leading the field off at 7:30 AM was a pair who are no strangers to the pressure and prestige of Championship Golf, 2019 NB Ladies Provincial Champion, Leanne Richardson of the Country Meadows Golf Club, and 2018 Champion Morgan Matchett of the Miramichi Golf & Country Club.
Matchett would take advantage of the early morning scoring conditions, setting the pace with a calm and collected opening round of 1-over par (+1), 73, to position herself atop the Amateur and Mid-Amateur Leaderboards. After beginning her day with a birdie on the par-4 1st hole, a start that any player would be envious of, Morgan would go on to card a front nine 39 and a back nine score of 34, totaling 73.
Following closely behind is Richardson after a first-round total of 3-over par (+3), 75, leaving the experienced champion 2 shots back of Matchett, for the overall championship, and at the top of the leaderboard in the Ladies Senior Division. The duo’s play in Monday’s opening round has penciled them in each other’s group again for the final round of the 2021 NB Ladies Provincials, Driven by Audi Moncton.
Richardson’s solid play also sees her sitting on top of the NB Ladies Senior Leaderboard. Three shots back in second place is Royal Oaks’ Shelley Thomas who carded a 6-Over Par, 78 during Monday’s first round. In a two-way tie for third is Pam Cossey of Rockwood Park and Cathy Donald of Ashburn Golf Club in Nova Scotia. The pair both recorded opening rounds of 78, 6-Over Par in the race for the NB Senior Ladies title.
Rockwood Parks’ Pam Cossey also sees herself competing for the Super-Senior title as her consistent play in Round 1 gives her one-shot lead over 2019 NB Ladies Super-Senior Champion, Kathy Grebenc of the Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club. Rounding out the top three positions in the Super-Senior Division are Mary Walton-Rossignol of the Fredericton Golf Club and Miramirchi’s Karen Flett who both finished 15-Over Par for a Round 1 total of 87.
In the newly established Platinum Division, which features players aged 70 and older, and sees Golf Pokemouche’s Raymonde Boudreau leading the division after a first-round total of 87, 15-Over Par. Shelagh Eddy of Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club sits in second place after her opening round 91, followed closely by the Fredericton Golf Club’s Penny Dickeson and Barb Henderson who shot 92 and 93 respectively.
For a second consecutive year, all of Golf NB’s Major Championships feature the Dormie Workshop Par-3 Challenge. The competition was created to reward the player who performs the best on the Par-3’s during the course of each Golf NB Championship. Currently, Morgan Matchett and Shelley Thomas share the top position on the Dormie Workshop Par-3 Challenge Leaderboard after the pair both finished with a 1-Under total on all the Par-3s during Round 1. In third place is Country Meadow’s Sandy Comeau, sitting one shot back of the leaders.
The winner of the challenge will receive a custom Dormie Workshop Prize following the conclusion of the event.
The second and final round of the NB Ladies Provincials, Driven by Audi Moncton will begin at 7:30 AM. Tee Times and Pairings can be found HERE.
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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 46 partner facilities and 6,600 individual members include provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and junior golf development programs.
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