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Cape Breton’s Bill Burns embracing opportunity to play in men’s mid-amateur at Lingan Golf and Country Club

SYDNEY, NS — There have been many highlights in Bill Burns’ golf career over the years but one that stands out came at the Nova Scotia Golf Association’s men’s mid-amateur championship in 2014.

The Sydney golfer entered the tournament with no expectations. Nine months earlier, Burns went under the knife for hip replacement surgery and was just grateful to be able to be back on the golf course and competing at a high level.

Much to his surprise, the tournament would turn out to be one of the most memorable moments of his career. He captured the tournament title, finishing first in a field of 144 golfers at Abercrombie Country Club in New Glasgow.

“It was just a week where everything fell into place and it was totally unexpected,” said Burns of the tournament. “Things seemed to go my way that week and I’m fortunate to have been able to win a tournament like that.”


LAST 10 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

  • 2021 – Glenn Robinson – Ashburn Golf Club
  • 2020 – Stuart Lenehan – Grandview Golf and Country Club
  • 2019 – Sean Stuart – Ashburn Golf Club
  • 2018 – Stuart Lenehan – Grandview Golf and Country Club
  • 2017 – Trevor Chow – Ashburn Golf Club
  • 2016 – Sean Stuart – Ashburn Golf Club
  • 2015 – Stuart Lenehan – Grandview Golf and Country Club
  • 2014 – Bill Burns – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • 2013 – Trevor Chow – Ashburn Golf Club
  • 2012 – Aaron Nickerson – River Hills Golf and Country Club

Despite winning the tournament, Burns was unable to be part of the province’s team for the mid-amateur national championship – but not because he didn’t want to compete.

“I knew I couldn’t walk the course, so I drove the three days,” said Burns. “The NSGA informed me that anybody who drove and qualified score-wise to play on the provincial team wouldn’t be eligible because of the fact they drove.

“I was OK with that, but I was disappointed that I couldn’t go to the nationals. I was quite pleased just to be able to play in the tournament and to even win it was all I needed.”

This weekend, Burns will once again have the opportunity to compete in the mid-amateur tournament, but this time the event will be held at his home course Lingan Golf and Country Club.

The three-day provincial tournament will get underway on Friday at 7:30 am The final tee time of the day is scheduled for 1:50 pm

Burns, who turned 70 last month, will be one of 136 participants in the field. He’s aware the level of competition will be high but he is not overly concerned.

“I don’t have any expectations other than the fact that I want to play in it,” laughed Burns. “I love playing in tournaments and it’s the reason I play golf. I don’t have any expectations as far as what I’m going to do.”


2022 NSGA MEN’S MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

  • When: Friday to Sunday
  • Where: Lingan Golf and Country Club, Sydney
  • Time: Beginning at 7:30 am on Friday and Saturday. Sunday start TBA
  • Last champion: Glenn Robinson – Ashburn Golf Club

In total, 51 Cape Breton golfers are slated to take part, including Glace Bay product Brett McKinnon, who won the men’s amateur championship last week at Ashburn.

Burns, who has won club and senior championships at Lingan, acknowledged the fact he’ll be in tough against some of the top golfers in the province, which is what made him want to be part of the tournament in the first place.

“It’s absolutely awesome,” said Burns. “You don’t have a chance to stack up with the best very often, but when you do, it’s a great feeling to know that you’ve competed with the best in the province.”



Overall, Burns said he’s happy with where his game has been this season but noted there is an aspect of his game he hopes to improve at the event.

“I’m quite pleased with the way I’m hitting the golf ball, but I’m having issues on the green and my putting is just not there this year,” said Burns, who prior to speaking with the Cape Breton Post was practicing his putting.

“It’s a huge part of the game, 50 per cent of the game is putting so if you’re not putting it’s very hard to shoot low scores and you’re going to need low scores out here this weekend.”

Lingan Golf and Country Club will be the location for the 2022 Nova Scotia Golf Association's men's mid-amateur championship this weekend.  In total, 136 participants are expected to play in the event.  JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRETON POST.  -Jeremy Fraser
Lingan Golf and Country Club will be the location for the 2022 Nova Scotia Golf Association’s men’s mid-amateur championship this weekend. In total, 136 participants are expected to play in the event. JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRETON POST. -Jeremy Fraser

Looking at the field

The tournament offers plenty of entertainment for Cape Breton golf fans with lots of local talent hoping to win the championship.

Three-time tournament champion Trevor Chow, originally of Baddeck, will be in the field representing Oakfield Golf and Country Club, while two-time winner Leon Carter of Dundee Resort and Golf Club, who finished third in the event last year, will also participate .

Meanwhile, Kevin (Tuna) George is also scheduled to play. George was successful in capturing his second consecutive Cape Breton Roadbuilders, presented by Caper Auto Sales, tournament title at Lingan earlier this month.

“Kevin is having a terrific year and a perfect couple of years really,” said Burns. “Nobody knows Lingan any better than Kevin does and I’m hoping he plays well this weekend – it would be a real feather in his hat from him to do well in this tournament.”

Along with George, Burns also spoke highly of a pair of Lingan members.

“Clayton Floyd is hitting the ball really well this year, and Corson Roach could be a surprise to a lot of people, but not to the people who have been watching him play.

“Corson has a terrific swing and I think the potential is there for him to do really well down the road and maybe even at this provincial tournament. I think he could surprise a lot of people and maybe even himself.”

Meanwhile, Lincoln Bradley, a Nova Scotia Public Players Club member from Cape Breton, also has experience playing at Lingan. He won back-to-back Roadbuilders’ championships in 2013 and 2014 at the facility.

Other notable golfers in the tournament include 2021 tournament champion Glenn Robinson of Oakfield Golf and Country Club, as well as Craig Hollett of Eaglequest Grandview Golf and Country Club, who came in fourth place at last year’s event at Paragon Golf and Country Club in Kingston, NS

Burns has some advice for the golfers participating in the event.

“It’s a tricky little golf course, it’s not as wide open as it once was, you have to know where you’re going to be putting the ball otherwise, you’ll be in deep trouble,” said Burns.

“The course is in the best shape that I’ve seen in years, so to have these good golfers come in from around the province and experience our course, I think is a win for everyone.”

The tournament champion will be crowned on Sunday. Tee times for the final day were not available at publication time.


CAPE BRETON PLAYERS IN THE FIELD:

  • – Donat Arsenault – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Aaron Barrington – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Minnow Bourgeois – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Lincoln Bradley – Nova Scotia Public Players Club – Cape Breton
  • – Winston Brophy – Dundee Resort and Golf Club
  • – Bill Burns – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Kyle Burns – Dundee Resort and Golf Club
  • – Leon Carter – Dundee Resort and Golf Club
  • – Sandy Chisholm – The Lakes Golf Club
  • – Paul Cook – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Peter Cossaboom – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Sheldon Covey – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Trevor Chow – Oakfield Golf and Country Club
  • – Gerry Crossman – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Leon Denny – The Lakes Golf Club
  • – John Dobson – Dundee Golf and Country Club
  • – Mike Duhamel – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Harvey Ellsworth Jr. – Passchendaele Golf and Driving Range
  • – Rod Ferguson – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Clayton Floyd–Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – David George – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Kevin George – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Bryan Gushue – Nova Scotia Public Players Club – Cape Breton
  • – Peter Harris – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Jeff Hawkins – Nova Scotia Public Players Club – Cape Breton
  • – Chad Hoffman – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Glenn Joseph – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Ritchie MacDonald – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Whitey MacDonald – Dundee Resort and Golf Club
  • – Jason MacIsaac – Nova Scotia Public Players Club – Cape Breton
  • – Jason MacLean – Dundee Resort and Golf Club
  • – Paul MacNeil – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Andrew MacPhee – The Lakes Golf Club
  • – George Manley – The Lakes Golf Club
  • – Chris MacIntyre – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Brett McKinnon – Ashburn Golf Club
  • – Shaun McMullen – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Matt Murchison – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Aaron Nordine – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Geoff Oliver – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Joseph Paris – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Leon Paul – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Alexandre Poirier – Le Portage Golf Club
  • – Donald Pouchelu – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Corson Roach – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Mark Shepherd – Lingan Golf and Country Club
  • – Shaun Stevens – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – Shayne Stevens – The Lakes Golf Club
  • – Tony Verschuren – Seaview Golf and Country Club
  • – George Xidos – The Lakes Golf Club
  • – Thomas Xidos – The Lakes Golf Club

Overall: 51

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