COPPINWOOD GOLF CLUB HOSTS THE
2015 KINGERVISION CLASSIC
UXBRIDGE (April 27, 2015)-The GTA AM Tour was back at it today after a month break, for the second Tour stop of the 2015 season. Today,Coppinwood Golf Club, played host to the 4th annual Kingervision Classic, and what a great start to the season. With 97 returning and first time players competing on what has become one of the most popular venues on Tour. Each of them was itching to FINALLY be able to get outside and play some golf on a fantastic course..!
Coppinwood Golf Club, is a golfer's paradise like no other. A Tom Fazio design, par 72 layout, featuring five sets of tees, located on 357 acres of rolling terrain, in the midst of quiet farm country 30 minutes northeast of Toronto. Stunning elevation changes, superbly manicured bent grass fairways framed by blue grass rough and fescue grasses, and subtly contoured greens are what a golfer is greeted with. Bunkers, although minimalistic, are dramatic, and remarkably consistent in their playability. Even the par threes are as unique as they are picturesque and only aid in providing players an exceptional golfing experience. It's no wonder Coppinwood is being consider as a future site of the RBC Canadian Open, and as our Tour players would learn, it's a true test of golf, where smart shot making, and a gentle touch on and around the greens are required.
In the Championship Flight, a cool, breezy morning greeted the players when they teed it up. As the temperature rose slowly, one player, would heat up fast. John Harrington (Toronto ON) took advantage of his course knowledge, and past experience of having worked at Coppinwood, to put up the low round of the day. John turned in a card marked with one birdie, ten pars, six bogies and a double for a round of 79. Alone in second, Stephen Wright (Toronto ON) played it steady, by keeping himself out of trouble, scoring eight pars, and ten bogies for a round of 82. Lastly, in third was Nick Striker (Waterloo ON), who turned in a round of 83 to take home some TaylorMade golf balls and the always coveted Mill Street Beer for his efforts.
In The A-Flight it would be Mike Hubbs (Toronto ON) kicking his season off right!!! Mike would have a round that would leave the best sports phycologists lining up to learn how he approached his round!!! Mike would come off the first hole, heading to the second already four over. He likely had two thoughts running through his head. First one was, this day is over! His second thought was likely that I can just swing FREE now..!! Apparently that is exactly what Mike did, paring the next nine holes and adding four others on the final eight to finish with a round of 82. That number would be good enough to win by one, and also score him a $250 TaylorMade Gift Card. Alone in second was Tour Veteran Paul Lawrence (Brooklin ON) who had an up and down round. Paul lit up the front nine posting a 37 complete with three birdies, however, he struggled on the back nine with a 46 to finish his day with an 83. To determine third place, card matching was required as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 84: Danny MacDonald (Toronto ON) and Tour Rookie, Mark Gibson (Toronto ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see Mark score his first top three finish of the season as he carded a 39 on the back, over Danny's score of 41.
In the B Flight, Tour rookie Derek Peters (Toronto ON) would step up big in his first event on Tour. In the windy and cool conditions, Derek was able to tame the Fazio design by keeping his ball out of trouble. He posted a round of 80 with back to back nines of 40 for a one stroke victory. In second, posting a solid round, and winning a $150 Adams Golf Gift Card, was Chris Mulchinock (Stouffville ON) who finished his day with an 81. Chris had eleven pars, five bogies, and two double bogies. To determine third place, card matching was once again required, as two players would be deadlocked with matching rounds of 83: Ian Ervine (Toronto, ON), and David Tollefson (Toronto, ON). When matching the last nine holes, Ian would take third place having birdied the eighteenth for a 38 over David's 39.
In the C-Flight, it would once again come down to good old course knowledge as another former employee of Coppinwood would take the victory...! When Evan Kilimnik (Barrie, ON) entered the clubhouse with a round of 87 he would share that he had one of those days, where everything just clicked. He mentioned that even when he found trouble, he was able to bounce back and move on with minimal damage to his scorecard. He also would share, he has worked hard on his game and is feeling really good this season and is looking to continue to improve on this. Alone in second was Dana Wedlock (Stoney Creek ON) who posted a great round of 88. Sitting in the clubhouse after the round, and reviewing the leaderboard, Dana would see just how close he had come to the win having doubled bogied the final two holes. However, he was still very pleased to have finished second and still went home with a $150 Adams Golf gift card. To determine third place, yet again, card matching was required to determine a winner of the Mill Street Beer and TaylorMade golf balls. Al Norman (Aurora ON) and Robert Perri (Toronto ON) both posted 93 on the day. The result of matching the back nine scores, would have Robert going home a happy guy as in his words "this is great I was getting low on Mill Street beer" finished the back in 44 to Al's 49.
The winner of the closest-to-the-pin was Larry Withyman, winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. As in previous years, and at every event, there will be the Mazda Hole in One hole, where all players will have a chance to win a $2,500 sponsor product shopping spree. The winner of the Hole in One closest to the pin contest was Zack Kilislian. 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; today's winner of the Mill Street Brewery Certificate was Doug Stewart.
Another one of the many ways to win on Tour is Net score; this is a calculation of the all the players who did not place in the top three gross winning 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 winners were David Tollefson with a net 70 and Sentilar Sebastian takes second also with a 70. 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 for complete standings click on the link.
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Next week, the Bright Blue Wave Open, will be played this coming Tuesday, May 5th, at another fantastic private club the Tour has the privilege of playing. Returning to the rotation, a must play,Brantford Golf & Country Club, which is the 4th oldest club in North America.
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