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Gander golfer Blair Bursey shows off the Wellington Cup at the Gander Golf Club earlier this year. Pictured with him is longtime supporter Tom Jones.
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GANDER, NL – Following a fourth-place finish at the prestigious Sahalee Players Championship, amateur golfer Blair Bursey is enjoying some time off in his native Gander.
“I always enjoy coming back. I don’t get back that often so I really cherish my time at home,” said Bursey.
The Sahalee Players Championship is a golf tournament that the features some of the best amateur golfers in North America. Participation is by invitation only and Bursey was thrilled to get the opportunity.
“I was definitely fortunate to be invited,” said Bursey. “I’ve played with some players who are ranked top 50 in the world. It’s good to be included with those types of guys, just to be around them and then to beat most of them.”
Bursey, who is a student going into his final year at Utah Valley University in the United States, has had a busy summer.
He competed in four different events throughout June and hopes that his performance at Sahalee will serve as a building block moving forward.
“I’ve had a pretty strong schedule this summer and haven’t really lived up to my expectations. To finally have a week where I felt like I had some good golf shine through was definitely encouraging,” said Bursey.
For now, Bursey is enjoying a well-deserved break in Gander before travelling to New York to compete in the Porter Cup.
Ed Bursey, Blair’s father, said that his son is always looking to improve.
“He constantly trains, everyday,” he said. “I’m a very proud father and I’m humbled by his ability and skill. He’s doing university courses at the same time. I don’t know how he does it all.”