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Tri-umph! Barber Takes Down 3
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In a year where has not played up to his usual standards, in the end Chris Chris had started the final round with a slim margin over Malcolm Trickey of
Barber is still pretty pleased. The Kingston resident put on another fine Cataraqui and Chris Learmonth of Deep River but did not get pressured by the
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display of his golfing abilities on August 25 and 26 at the Greyhawk Golf pair who struggled in their attempts to gain ground. “It’s hard to put any pressure
Club in capturing his third Titleist/FootjoyCPGA Ottawa Zone Championship. on him when you aren’t doing anything,” Learmonth commented mid-way
The event is becoming a bit of an annuity for the General Manager of The through the back nine.
Landings Golf & Teaching Centre. In just four years as a professional his Despite the lack of pressure within his group, Barber did not let his guard
only time not hoisting the trophy was last year at the Cornwall Golf & down. “It’s tough when you have a lead going in and with nine holes to play I
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Country Club when he had to settle for 2 place. was up four, but you just don’t know what other guys are doing. I was even for
Two years ago Barber sizzled the Greyhawk golf courses, going 16 the day so only five under par total through 27 and there are a lot of good players
under par for two rounds to beat out Luke Saunders by a stroke. This time his that were at one under par,” he observed. “One of them could easily shoot
closest competition again came from Saunders who covered the last eighteen three or four under par out here. But on other hand the guys closest to you, that
holes of the tournament in just 66 strokes, solidifying the clubhouse lead at – are playing with you, are not putting any pressure on you. The last thing you
five under par. In the end though, it was not enough as Barber was at that want to do is get too aggressive or hit a couple loose shots and make some
mark with five holes to play and then added a few more birdies to push him mistakes and come back to them.”
to eight under, three clear of his friend and foe from Rivermead. One of the players that Barber knew he would have to be wary of was
“I didn’t have great expectations; I haven’t had a really great year playing,” Saunders and that was on his mind on his way to the clubhouse. “I was kind
Barber said with all honesty after being presented the trophy he has become of fortunate out there that I had a sense that Luke was playing well and once I
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so familiar with. “Yesterday was only the 2 competitive round (this year) knew that he was in the house at a pretty good score it gave me the need to
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in the 60’s and today was the 3 .” actually go out and shoot at a few pins.”
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Asked about his affinity for the club where he has scored a stunning 24 Barber made a charge starting at the 13 hole. A birdie there was just one of
under par for four rounds dating back to the 2006 Zone Championship Barber four in the last six holes. Unlike in 2006 he was able to cruise to victory on the
says he is comfortable but it is far from automatic for him to play well at the last hole, with a reachable par five to finish on and a two-stroke cushion which
Cumberland layout operated by ClubLink. “It’s not like I step on the grounds he stretched a little more with the last birdie.
here and think “this is my place”. You still have to hit good shots and keep He concluded, “There was a lot less pressure this year going around into 18
it in play and make a few putts and fortunately over the last couple days I than last time here. It was a good way to finish.”
was able to keep things fairly tidy. I made a few mistakes today but nothing
that was too destructive and I managed to make a few birdies coming in.” More Results Page 35.
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