Wind Plays Havoc in Newfoundland


Canadian Tour-LargeThrough the opening two round of the Canadian Tours Aliant Cup, most players were surprised that the notoriously strong Newfoundland winds hadnt swept through Clovelly Golf Club. That is, until Saturday rolled around.
With a constant wind gusting to as high as 70 km/hr and temperatures that hovered around 10 degrees Celsius all day, Jason Bohn of Atlanta, Ga., and who carried a six-shot lead into the third round, struggled to a 5-over par 77 and now finds himself at 10'under through 54 holes. Bohn leads Zolton Veress (Kitchener, ON) by one shot heading into Sundays final round. Craig Marseilles (Maple, ON) and Steve Woods (Pleasanton, CA) are three strokes back.
That was a tough day out there, and it was even more so mentally, said Bohn. It was frustrating, but it was a learning experience. Im just glad tomorrow is another day.
Bohns day was epitomized on the final hole Saturday when he missed a four-foot par putt that would have given him a two-shot cushion. Instead, he was left shaking his head.
Thats just the way it went today, but I had to try to stay focused. I lost it a bit on the front nine, but today is the kind of day where everyone gets bad breaks. But Ive still got the lead. You cant change your approach to the game-you still have to play.
Veress agreed with Bohn, adding he has never faced a stiffer challenge on the course as he did Saturday.
That was the hardest day of golf I have ever had, he conceded. The wind dictated everything, from your tee shot to your putt. If you can save par on a day like today, it is like a birdie. This morning, I figured if I shot 3-under I would be right there. At least Ive given myself a chance.
Woods had the low round of day with a 3-under 69, allowing him to move from a tie for 21st all the way to 3rd spot. The 1994 California amateur champion eagled his first hole of the day and at one point was 5-under though six holes.
It was difficult to play in those conditions, the whole key was the great start, admitted Woods. Derek (playing partner Gilchrist) and I both laughed when I got the eagle (on a 50-foot putt) on one. It was a lot of guesswork out there. Im just happy Im in the clubhouse-if someone had asked me this morning on the range theyd give me a 69 for me not to play, I would have said Perfect, Ill take it.
Full-field scores from the Aliant Cup