Thursday, June 12, provided a day of low numbers for Digby golfer Eric Locke. His morning round of 61 (32-29) at the Digby Pines course was two shots better than the competitive course record of 63.
The 20-year-old Locke has been low before—"I had a 62 in Yarmouth and once here"—and when he went back onto the course Thursday, he shot a second round of 67.
But Locke’s 61 is his lowest score ever and an unofficial record at the Pines.
The competitive course record of 63 was set in a 2004 tournament by PEI golfer Shane Grinton. The previous record was 64, set by professionals Jerry Byers and hall of fame golfer George Knudson.
It wasn’t until the 12th hole in his remarkable round Friday that Locke suspected he was heading for a score any golfer would envy.
A 20-foot putt for birdie on that hole moved him to seven under on the par-71 course, and then he birdied 15 and eagled 18 to move him to 10 under.
He had already had an eagle on the 10th hole, as well as birdies on holes 5, 7, 9 and 11.
Locke, who has been studying at Holland College in PEI, where he was named athlete of the year, is working at the Pines pro shop this summer and will attend the University of Jacksonville this fall in Florida where he will study business and be a member of the school’s golf team.
On Sunday, Locke added to his local golf honors by shooting a 68 to win the rain-shortened Nick Nickerson-Joe Turnbull tournament at the Pines.
Overall low net winner of the event, which was rained out Saturday, was Andy Wilson.