Eric Locke and Myles Creighton won the Nova Scotia Golf Association (NSGA) Four Ball Championship by a comfortable four strokes after playing a confident and consistent game through 2 rounds of golf at Osprey Ridge this past weekend.
Leading after the first round by a stroke over Marc Lombard of Saulnierville, NS and Stephane Leblanc of Meteghan, NS, Locke and Creighton continued with another impressive performance Sunday, both tying for the lowest round of the day at 66 (-5).
When asked what lead to the strong performance both golfers said it was a combination of staying out of trouble and hitting greens in regulation.
“Today we only really got in trouble on hole No. 4,” said Locke. “Myles hit a stray tee shot and I made a tough par – otherwise we played very well, lots of on in two shots.”
Despite their eventual four-stroke victory, things were close. River Hill’s Ryan Dixon and Jody Swim of Shelburne, NS had moved within one shot of Locke and Creighton through 9 holes.
“At the turn we heard we were one stroke up,” said Creighton. “Fortunately we birdied #11 and #12, then there was a delay on #13 and we saw Dixon and Swim had a tough hole, so we knew we had a bit of breathing room then.”
The win is particularly special for childhood friends Locke and Creighton.
“It’s really special,” explained Locke. “We played together at a young age, and Myles is my best friend. To able to win with him is special.”
Having played together so long has turned the duo into virtual caddies for one another.
“Eric was the one who got me into golf,” Creighton added. “We know each other so well, how far we hit each club. Eric pretty much told me every club I should hit today. He’s very familiar with my game”.
Both have had success at the provincial level before. Locke with provincial junior titles in 2008, 2009 and Creighton with Midget and Juvenile titles, and this latest win has undoubtedly added to their confidence.
Finishing in second was Yarmouth’s Morgan Penney and Derek Boudreau who carded a stellar 9-under. Lombard and Leblanc came in third at 7-under.
For full results of the 2014 NSGA Men’s Four Ball Championship please, click here.