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Granite Golf Club delights the players 

on a cool fall day


Stouffville ON (September 24, 2014) - High winds and early morning chills greeted the Tour today, at Granite Golf Club, for the Golf Away Tours Tilt, setting up the most anticipated stop of the 2014 Tour season. With Granite Golf Club is unlike any other in Southern Ontario. Nestled between the untouched beauty of the ancient Oak Ridges Moraine and the gently rolling countryside, it combines the best features of Scotland's oldest links with all the advances of a truly modern golf course. Designed by renowned Canadian golf architect Thomas McBroom, Granite remains faithful to the natural contours of the land and while preserving all the best features of a delightful walk in the country. From open meadow to hardwood forest and wetland, McBroom used his experience, designing some of the most admired golf courses in the world, to create an exciting new adventure on each hole. The boundaries of Granite Golf Club are buffered by protected wildlife habitat. No office towers or residential developments block your view of the magnificent countryside, and no airplane or traffic noise can be heard while you make that putt for par. The impeccable playing conditions are the result of responsible, environmental grounds maintenance, allowing the course to thrive in harmony with the timeless beauty of the region. The players were once again treated to impeccable playing conditions and, for those who played it safe, the winners would take home The Golf Away Tours Tilt trophies and would improve their standing on both Myrtle Beach Order of Merit and the BMO World Elite Fall Swing.



In the Championship Flight today, with the wind blowing and cool temperatures, the players would need to be prepared to play a little extra distance, and hit it straight to score well today as conditions were challenging. John Harrington (Ajax, ON) had no issues with the weather, and played a safe round of golf, really finding no trouble, staying in the middle, scoring one birdie, twelve pars, four bogies and one double, shooting a round of 77, making it seven wins on the season.  Making it three straight second place finishes, Ryan Taylor (Uxbridge ON),would have an up and down day. Any plans he had of capturing his third win would be derailed as he carded an uncharacteristic triple and double bogie on the front nine. He would, however, bounce back on the final nine however, this reparation would prove to be too little too late, giving him an 82 for the day. Alone in third, and turning in a score of 85, was Jay Skukowski (Toronto  ON) who took home his fifth, top three finish of the season. The Championship Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, remains unchanged and continues to see John Harrington in the lead, He extended his lead to 282.5 points and currently sits with 1010 points. Stephen Wright remains in second with 727.5 points and, in third spot, Peter Willis sits with 710 points. With the win today John Harrington would all but secure the top spot in the Myrtle Beach Order of Merit as his lead will be insurmountable. However, second and third place are not solidified yet but will be in one week at the Tour Championship.


In the A-Flight, and carding the second lowest round on the day, of 80, was Jordan Lebel (Toronto, ON). Jordan would have another great day on Tour, capturing his second win of the season and fourth top three placing of the season. To determine second and third place, card matching was required as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 82: Danny MacDonald (Toronto ON) and last year's second place finisher, and Granite Club member Rick Wright (Markham, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see Danny, who was back at it after a month layoff, scoring his second top three finish of the season as he carded a 40 on the back, over Rick's score of 43. This would give Rick his first top three finish of the season. The A Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Meritsees no change after this event and still sees Darryl Scott in top spot by the slimmest of margins: 22.5 points as Darryl has 795 points over second place, Shavi Kahlon with 772.5 points. Remaining in third spot is Matt Ward, with 615 points. With only one event remaining, the Tour Championship, there is no certainty of a winner in this Flight and any one of the top three could take home the Crystal trophy.  


In the B-Flight, scoring his best round of the Tour season, Andy Schwabe (Pickering ON) played a steady round; turning in a hard-working 85, earning him his first win and first top three finish of the season. Andy was able to achieve this good score today by having a good bounce back holes after posting a big number on the card. To determine second and third place, card matching was required, as two players would finish their day with matching rounds of 86: Bruce MacDonald (Aurora ON) , who was looking for his first second place finish of the season, and Brian Greatrix (Etobicoke ON) who would be scoring his first top three finish of the season. The result of matching the back nine scores would see Bruce take home the second place prizing, by carding a 44, leaving Brian to take home third with a score of 45. The B-Flight Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, stands pat, with Brett Parry continuing to lead by 105 points with 560 points. In second, Michael Vettese has 455 points and, in third, Mark Armatage sits with 442.5 points. With the top nine on the Myrtle Beach Order of Merit within 180 points, it is really any ones to win. Everyone will head into the Tour Championships knowing they have a chance to finish in top spot in the B Flight!!!


In the C-Flight, a wonderful, very elated and smiling Tour supporter/player Robert Perri (Toronto, ON) (who has been making a run to have a perfect year, to play every 2014 Tour event), made it a successful outing today, scoring a round of 90 to win by two, and captured his very first GTA AM Tour Trophy!!! Robert played it steady, but had his issues. However, he fought back and carded a couple birdies and six pars to keep the round alive. When all of the C-Flight scores were in, his name would stand alone on top. For a third time on the day, card matching was required to determine second and third place, as two players would finish their day with matching rounds of 92: Carl Thompson (Newmarket ON), who was looking for his first second place finish of the season, and Steve Kolenko (Grimsby ON) who was playing in his very first Tour event of the season. The result of matching the back nine scores would see Steve take home the second place prizing, by carding a 47, leaving Carl scoring his second third place finish of the season with a score of 49. The C-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Meritsees a small change week over week but continues to see Bob Sikorski lead with 767.5 total points, Ian Lederer in second place with 587.5 and, in climbing into third place, Jay White with 565 points. This is setting up to be the most exciting Myrtle Beach Order of Merit race. Players in second through sixth spots are all within 87.5 points of each other. Only a great finish at the Tour Championship will determine which two of the five will be joining Bob Sikorski in Myrtle Beach.


Another one of the many ways to win on Tour is through Net Score competition. The net score competition is based on the net scores of 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 receive one dozen TaylorMade golf balls and one case (24) of Mill Street beer. This week's winners were John Harris, with a net 70 and Sentilar Sebastian, with a net 72. In addition to the season-long Gross Score, Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, players will compete for a parallel, season-longNet Score Order of Merit. After 24 events, Shavi Kahlon holds down top spot with 672.5 points while Robert Perri moves into second with 649.5 but of the slimmest of margins nine over Rob Oilvier who has 640.5 points who remains in third, for complete standings click on the link.



With only one event left, The BMO World Elite Fall Swing is still anyone's to capture, as not one Tour player is running away with a lead and is only reflecting great play from all players the last five events. Good luck to all players in the final event where the points are double. The following are results as of The Golf Away Tours Tussle.


Championship Flight

John Harrington                                250 points

Ryan Taylor                                         225 points

Anu Sandu                                          210 Points



Jordan Lebel                                      260 Points

Darryl Scott                                         230 points

Shavi Kahlon                                      200 points



Brett Parry                                          230 points

Mark Rhodes                                     190 points

Fred Snel                                             175 points



Ian Lederer                                         250 points

Bob Sikorski                                        175 points

Rob Olivier                                          160 points

John Harris                                          160 points

Robert Perri                                       160 points


The winner of the closest-to-the-pin from today's event The Golf Away Tours Tussle was David MacLauchlan winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. Also at every event, there is a Mazda Hole in One hole, where all players shoot at a chance to win a $2,500 sponsor product shopping spree. This week's winner of the Hole in One closest to the pin was Chris Mulchinok. Along with these prizes, Petro-Canada, TaylorMade 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; the winner of this week's Mill Street Brewery Certificate was Grant Brown.


Another new addition to the 2014 Tour prizing is an opportunity to win a $20 Ultra 94 Preferred Pricing gas card. A per-event draw will take place from all players who fire a score of 94. The winner of the Mill Street Brewery Challenge, Ultra 94 $20 gas card was Christian Anderson of the C-Flight.


Click here to view THE RESULTS from today's event The Golf Away Tours Tussle played today at the Granite Golf Club. Also, to see all the action from today's event, check out these GREAT PICTURES! We are certain you will also enjoy watching today's VIDEO courtesy of Tour Sponsor Capture Scratch. We hope you have a chance to check them out and download them for FREE!!


The final official Tour event will be played next week, the Tour Championship, Sunday, September 28th and Monday, September 29th will be a 2-day 36-hole event where the Myrtle Beach Order of Merits points, BMO World Elite Fall Swing points and prizing all increase by 100%!!! The Tour Championship, for a second year will be hosted at the outstanding, Muskoka Bay Club in Gravenhurst, Ontario.


Remember that The Tour is holding The Darling Home for Kids Charity event at Oviinbyrd Golf Club on Monday October 6, 2014. There are still spots available to join us at Ontario's most exclusive private golf club to help raise money for a wonderful charity..!



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