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Ross Triumphs at PotashCorp NB Midget/Bantam Championship

Calvin Ross of Kingswood held off a resurgent Danek Hadley to win the 2012 PotashCorp NB Midget/Bantam Championship at +10. Ross shot a +4 (76) second round to beat Hadley by one stroke. Hadley shot a second round 72 (E) after a first round 83 (+11) but it wasn’t enough to catch Ross.

Ross said the hardest part of the two day event was battling the souring heat.

“It was critical to stay cool so you don’t get tired coming in…Finishing in the heat is really tough,” he said.

Ross was +2 (38) for the front nine, which included two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey. A +2 back nine was highlighted by a title clinching birdie on 18 that was followed by a gigantic fist pump.

While his putting ended up winning him the event, Ross says that the key was to understand what effect the wind had on his shots.

“You’ve got to play the wind and don’t try anything crazy. You’ve just got to play your own game,” he explained.

Hadley was (E) through nine although he had three birdies along with three bogeys. He would also be even over the back nine with two birdies and two bogeys and despite one of those birdies being on 18 he ended up one shot short of forcing a playoff.

Nicholas Hunt, out of Mountain Woods, was third with at +17 after a 79(+7) on the final day.

Ross, Hunt, Tyler Carroll and Dylan Chase will represent the New Brunswick’s Atlantic Midget Boys team at the CN Future Links Atlantic Championship at Eagles Glenn, PEI from July 17-19. 

Chase won the Midget Boys net division at -19 for a total of 125. Maxime Gaudet was second at -9 (134), while Ross was third at -6 (140).

But for Ross, winning the tournament was a goal he had long strived for.

“It means a lot to me. I’ve wanted to win this Midget Provincials for a long time. Winning the tournament and being on the team is what I wanted.”

And he earned what he wanted.