Golf NB Championships

Phillips Leads 2020 NB Senior Men's Championships

For Immediate Release: The Miramichi Golf & Country Club plays host for the final championship of the 2020 Golf NB Championship season as a field of 99 of New Brunswick’s top players, 55 years of age and older, tee it up at one of the provinces most unique and challenging venues. A hot and humid Monday greeted players as they gathered from across the province to compete for the 2020 NB Senior and NB Super-Senior crowns at one of New Brunswick’s most historic venues.

Leading the Senior field after round 1 is Fredericton’s Sonny Phillips. Phillips would go on to record a 1-Under Par 70 round as he used course knowledge to his advantage in maneuvering the tight fairways and greens at Miramichi. A front nine 1-Under Par 34 paired with an even-par 36 on the back nine gives the 2019 Super-Senior Champion the opening round lead moving into Tuesday. Following closely behind Phillips is West Hills’ Bob Brown and Hampton’s Darren Ritchie who both completed their opening rounds of even-par 71. The trio will see the field off on Tuesday’s second round with the leaders teeing off early. Phillips’ name can also be found on top of the Super-Senior Division leaderboard as Sonny will look to repeat his 2019 Super-Senior title while also competing for the Senior Championship crown. Gary Melanson of Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club sits in second in the Super-Senior Division, 5 strokes behind Phillips. Melanson is coming off a stellar victory at the PEI Amateur Championship where he captured their Senior Title on Sunday. 2 strokes off of Melanson is Fox Creek’s Jean LeBlanc who’s opening round of 6-Over Par 77 sees himself in third place. The Dormie Workshop Par-3 Challenge has been added to Golf NB’s events this season to reward the player who performs the best on the Par-3’s during the course of the championship. After round 1, Sonny Phillips leads the challenge as his performance on Miramichi’s Par-3’s sees the Fredericton Native at an impressive 2-Under Par. Darren Ritchie of Hampton sits in second place at 1-Under Par in the contest. The champions of this event’s challenge will each receive a custom prize from Dormie Workshop.
The second round play of the 2020 NB Men’s Senior Championship begins at 7:30 AM on Tuesday. Leading off the field is: Bob Brown– West Hills Golf Course Sonny Phillips – Fredericton Golf Club Darren Ritchie– Hampton Golf Club   NB SENIOR MEN’S SECOND ROUND PAIRINGS



Established in 1925, the Miramichi Golf & Country Club has proved to be one of New Brunswick’s many premier championship venues and most recently hosted the 2018 NB Ladies Provincial Championships. The Par-71 6,100-yard T.F Robinson design features tight fairways that will require immense accuracy off the tee. The 54-Hole Competition will provide the ultimate test for players as they look to prove their worth in the race for New Brunswick’s 2020 Senior Men’s Champion.

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.