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Cumberland County supports Amherst Open golf tournament

Amherst Golf Club professional Michael Archibald (left) accepts a hole sponsorship from Cumberland municipal councillor Rod Gilroy. The county is one of several sponsors of the biggest event on the Amherst Golf Club’s calendar, the Amherst Open. The tournament runs Wednesday and Thursday. Darrell Cole/Municipality of the County of Cumberland

A highlight of the Amherst Golf Club season is set to begin with the latest edition of the Amherst Open set to tee off on Wednesday morning.

 This year’s open tournament is full with more than 145 participants in both the pro and amateur divisions with 19 pros joining a field of more than 125 amateurs including perennial Amherst club champion Matt Cormier, who added another club title to his resume this past weekend.

The field will play 18 holes with the champions in both the pro and amateur divisions being crowned later Thursday.

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland is one of a group of sponsors helping make the Amherst Open a reality. The municipality is a hole sponsor for the event, which has Tantramar Chevrolet and Archway Insurance as the major sponsors.

“We’re so happy to be given the opportunity to support such a long-lasting and successful golf tournament,” District 2 Coun. Rod Gilroy said. “The Amherst Open is one of the biggest events at the Amherst Golf Club and it helps put the golf course and the communities on the map.”

“The support and generosity from the municipality and all the other sponsors allows us to run and organize one of the better stroke play golf tournaments around the Maritimes,” Archibald said.

Among those competing in the pro division are previous champion Thomas Keddy of Moncton while Jordan Ells, who is the defending champion, is returning to compete this year along with Josh Landine of Ashburn.

Last year, Ells defeated Andre Savoie of Royal Oaks and Shawn Margeson of Oakfield in a playoff to win the pro title.

Margeson is not competing this year, while Savoie is.

Keddy won in 2020 and 2019.A number of local pros are playing including Archibald,

Jordan Letcher and Brad Black, while joining Cormier on the amateur side is the defending champion Paul Coulson of Truro along with Corey Helm and Seattle Kraken draft pick Jacob Melanson.

Coulson won the amateur division by five strokes over Melanson in 2021.