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'Inside the ropes': Windsor Junction golf pro Sara Wilson turns caddy at Nova Scotia Open

Sara Wilson of Windsor Junction isn't just a caddy.

She's also a professional golfer herself. So having her carry his clubs for this weekend's Nova Scotia Open was an easy call for Abraham Ancer of Mission, Texas, who won the second annual event Sunday on Ashburn Golf Club's new course.

"I met her last year," Ancer, 24, said after beating out fellow Texan Bronson Burgoon with a birdie on the first playoff hole after the two men finished the 72-hole event at 13 under par. "I had conditional status; I didn't play very well."

He came back to Halifax this summer determined to improve his performance on what is the only Canadian stop of the Tour, a major stepping stone on the road to the PGA Tour.

"We kept in touch a little bit, and she sent me a message on Twitter probably a couple of weeks before the tournament and I told her, 'I want her on the bag,'" Ancer said. "She knows the golf course really well ... (and) she was good on the greens, which gave me confidence."

Not only did he claim this year's Nova Scotia Open trophy, his first Tour title, but he has also likely earned his PGA Tour Card, with Wilson watching enthusiastically from the sidelines.

"I just tried to keep him clam as best I could, and help him with the line for sure," Wilson, who spent 14 years as assistant professional golfer at Ashburn, said of having a new role on the course.

Before taking that final putt on the 18th hole, the two pros discussed their game plan.

"We were just kind of confirming where he wanted to land it, and if he had the right club," said Wilson, who now runs Metro Ladies Golf, Inc., in Dartmouth and was one of only a couple female caddies at the second annual Nova Scotia Open.

"For me, it was just any chance of getting inside the ropes, ... that's what I want to do," Wilson said. "Being where the action is."

Andrew Bondy, caddy master for the event, said Sunday there were upwards of 90 local caddies participating, the most of any Tour event.

More than 300 volunteers helped out at this year's Nova Scotia Open, according to Ashburn Golf Club general manager Gordie Smith.

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