amazing weather and course conditioning spark fierce competition at the Nature Valley Summit!
FONTHILL ON (July 13th, 2015) - This week, the GTA AM Tour reached the midway point of its 24 event season, with Lookout Point Country Club hosting theNature Valley Summit. Mother Nature shone brightly and would provide the players with perfect weather conditions. The stellar weather was matched by the superb golf course conditions and very receptive and speedy greens. Lookout Point Country Club is a private, 18-hole championship course, designed in 1922 by Walter J. Travis. It is considered one of Travis's finest and most challenging accomplishments and a "golfer's golf course". Members and visitors alike agree that Lookout Point provides a real golf challenge with every round played. Lookout Point is consistently ranked among the Top 100 Courses in Canada by Score Magazine and, in 2014, once again found itself on the list at the 93rd spot. Those who came to Lookout Point today would look to start their week off right by collecting much needed Myrtle Beach Order of Merit points where things are heating up as only eleven events remain before the all-important Tour Championship.
In the Championship Flight, eighteen holes would not be enough to determine this week's winner. An exciting, sudden death playoff would be required to determine who would hoist the Nature Valley Summit hardware. Sean Kaye (Georgetown, ON), and Boyd Mickle (Burlington, ON), finished the regulation eighteen with scores of 76. The two would head to the first hole for a playoff. It would only take one hole to send Sean home all smiles, winning his first GTA AM Tour event. To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players finished tied at 77. When matching their back nine scores, Greg Colling (New Tecumseth, ON), took third place over Aaron Jenkins (Waterloo, ON), who placed fourth. In the Championship Flight's season-long Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Michael Alderman continues to hold down top spot with 597.5 points. In second, is John Harrington, with 457.5 points while Sean Kaye, with his excellent performance today, climbs into third spot, with 385 points.
In the A-Flight, Mike Hubbs (Toronto, ON), would add a third, first place trophy to his collection this week. Mike would play it very calm, on both nines, keeping himself out of trouble. Mike would finish his day with twelve pars, five bogies and a double, for a round of 79. Taking home second place prizing, with an 81, was Scott Lundy (Ajax, ON), with his Dad Bob on the bag. To determine third place, card matching was required, as three players finished with rounds of 82. When matching the inward nine scores, Robin Hutchins (Toronto, ON), took third while Paul Lawrence (Brooklin, ON), took fourth. Placing fifth was Rick Wright (Toronto, ON). The A Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit sees Mike Hubbs extend his lead in top spot, with 601.7 points. Danny MacDonald moves into second, with 365.0 points and, slipping down to third spot, Dean Weber has 346.7 points.
The B-Flight came down to experience, with a seasoned, Tour veteran reaching the winner's circle. Larry Withyman (Hamilton, ON), was able to exhale today, as he would, once again, find his way back to winning form. After struggling with his game, for most of the season, Larry held nothing back this week, carding a round of 81, for a three stroke victory. Taking second place, with his Dad David on the bag and shooting a round of 84, was local, Doug Grant (Fonthill, ON). To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players finished tied at 85. When matching their back nine scores, Frank O'Brien (Mississauga, ON), took third place over Bob Fisher (Burlington, ON), who would go home with fourth. In the B-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Bob Chapman continues to hold down top spot, with 403.5 points, but only by the slimmest of margins over Derek Peters, who has 398.8. Jumping in to third spot is Frank O'Brien, with 370.4 points.
In the C-Flight, Robert Perri (Toronto, ON) would add his second win of the 2015 season. Robert would have a great day, playing a very steady round, keeping himself out of trouble, carding a round of 91, which would be good by one. To determine second and third place, card matching was once again required, as two players finished with rounds of 92. When matching their back nine scores, Ian Lederer (Toronto, ON), would take home second place prizing, leaving, Bob Read (Toronto, ON), going home with third place, and some Mill Street beer and TaylorMade golf balls for his troubles. The C-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit sees a little shake up this week, with Robert Perri climbing into top spot after his win today and now has 533.8 points. Slipping to second, Jay White, has 522.5 points and, in third, Mark Matusiak has 427.5 points
Another one of the many ways to win on Tour is by Net score. Net score prizing is calculated across all players who did not place in the top three gross-scoring positions in their respective Flights. The top two net winners, at each event, will receive one dozen TaylorMade golf balls and one case (24) of Mill Street beer. This week's winners were Bob Read, with a net 68, and Bob Fisher, with a net 69. In addition to the season-long Gross Score, Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, players will compete for a parallel, season-long Net Score Order of Merit. After 12 events, Mike Hubbs holds down top spot with 774.0 points and, in second, Robert Perri has 720.0 points. For complete standings click on the link.
The winner of the closest-to-the-pin competition was Devon Miller, winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. The winner of the Mazda Hole in One, closest to the pin contest, where all players have a chance to win a $2,500 sponsor product shopping spree, was Paul MacDonell. Along with these prizes, TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Mill Street Brewery products are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each of the four Flights. The Tour also awards a draw prize at each event for a $50 certificate redeemable at the Mill Street Brew Pub. This event's winner of the Mill Street Brewery Certificate was Mark Rhodes
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Next Sunday and Monday July 19 - 20, the GTA AM Tour heads north up the 400, for the third Major of the season, a two-day, 36-hole event, where Order of Merits points and prizing increase by 50%. the BMO World Elite MasterCard Major will be played, at National Pines Golf Club a member of the ClubLink family. Space is still available, so sign up today!
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