Bishop’s University golfer captures title at Nova Scotia Amateur Championship

By Michael Boriero – Local ­Journalism Initiative Reporter

Bishop’s University added a major off-campus accolade after Ben Chasse took home his first amateur title at the Nova Scotia Amateur Championship.
Chasse, who plays for the Bishop’s Gaiters varsity golf team, finished with a three day total of 5-under, edging out second-place David Williamson, who ended the weekend at 3-under par.
“I didn’t know I was really in contention until 14, so I was just coming down the final stretch, which probably has some of the hardest holes on the course,” said Chasse.
The tournament, held at the Ken-Wo Golf Club in New Minas, N.S., features some of the best amateur golfers in the province. According to Chasse, the title came down to the final hole, after Williamson hit a birdie on 17.
Williamson struck a dangerous approach on the last hole of the weekend, putting pressure on the 21-year-old Gaiter. However, he missed his putt, which ended any chance of pushing the match to a playoff and ensuring Chasse’s victory.
“He’s a great player, he’s won the amateur a few times already and I knew if I was in a playoff with someone with that experience I would have to bring my A-game for sure,” he said.
With COVID-19 health and safety measures in place, competitors were often left in the dark. There were no live score updates, caddies, or galleries in order to limit the number of people on the course.
“This year there were no spectators allowed, I think there was one spectator who came out this week, but they were escorted off and told they weren’t allowed to hang around,” Chasse said.
Although it was his first tournament of the summer, the young golfer showed no signs rust. He missed out on a primer tournament the week before the championship, but he said he has enough competitive experience to lock in during the weekend.
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