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Markham (September 15th, 2014) -Today was the start of a very exciting week as the Tour is holding two of the remaining three, 2014 Tour events. After the Paradym Tech Tussle, hosted at The Mandarin Golf and Country Club, The Tour will have reached the half way point of the six event BMO World Elite Fall Swing.


The Mandarin Golf and Country Club, located in Markham, Ontario, and designed by renowned golf course architect Doug Carrick, is a par-71, 6,728 yard course with a fine blend of generous fairways, small rolling greens and numerous water hazards that come into play on 11 of its 18 holes. The most exciting of these holes is the signature par 3, 16th, where players find themselves facing a terrifying shot onto an island green 155 yards away. And, if the wind is blowing, which it was today, it makes this a VERY daunting shot. Even if players are able to avoid the water on the 16th, they have to focus all day on staying clear of the 88 bunkers that are strategically placed to catch wayward shots. In 1996, The Mandarin Golf & Country Club made history by having two of its holes featured in the Canadian Tour's list of top 18 most difficult holes. The par-4, 455 yard 12th had a 4.50 stroke average during the 1996 CPGA Championship, ranking it the toughest hole on Tour that year. Also listed, was the challenging par 5, 10th hole which measures over 600 yards. The Mandarin Golf & Country Club truly offers the perfect mix of challenge and enjoyment, while providing the player with a majestic backdrop for the eye.


In the Championship Flight, The Tour would crown yet another first time winner of the 2014 season as Anu Sandhu (Brampton, ON), would have a fantastic day. Anu, started his round with a birdie on the first hole and would add another two during the day to go with nine pars, five bogies and a double to finish with a four over round of 75. To determine second and third place, card matching was required, as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 86: Joshua Hale (Georgetown, ON) and Jim Tadeson (Toronto, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see Joshua coming off a third place finish last week, grab second place this week. This would be his second, top three finish of the season as he carded a 43 on the back, over Jim's score of 48. Jim would take home third place. The Championship Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, remains unchanged as John Harrington continues to lead by 232.5 points and currently sits with 960 points. Stephen Wright remains in second, with 727.5 points and, in third spot, Peter Willis sits with 710 points.


In the A-Flight, back on top again and winning his fourth Tour event of the season was Darryl Scott (London, ON) who would once again play it steady and keep the big numbers off his card. Darryl would card one birdie, ten pars, six bogies and a double to finish his day with a round of 78 which would be good enough to win by four. Capturing second place, and scoring his third top three finish of the season, was Mike Hubbs (Toronto, ON) who shot a round of 82. Finishing in third, with a round of 83 was Brian Provencal (Oakville, ON) who was more than happy to take home a dozen TaylorMade balls and a case of Mill Street Beer to help celebrate his day. The A Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merithas just become very exciting...! With his win today, Darryl Scott jumps into top spot by the slimmest of margins: 12.5 points. Darryl has 775 points and, in second place, Shavi Kahlon has 762.5 points. Remaining in third spot is Matt Ward, with 610 points.


In the B-Flight, a very ecstatic Mark Rhodes (Orangeville, ON) would get to go home with a smile on his face and a GTA AM Tour trophy in his hands for an outstanding day. Mark, in his first year ON TOUR, would card two birdies, seven pars, six bogies, two doubles and a triple, scoring a round of 82 for the two stroke victory. When Mark was handed the winners trophy and the $250 Ultra 94 Preferred Pricing gift card he immediately donated it to the Darling Home for Kids Charity event to be held at Oviinbyrd Golf Club on October 6th..! CLASS ACT...! Alone, in second, making it the third second place finish this season, was outstanding Tour supporter David MacLachlan (Toronto, ON) who would finish his day with a round of 84. To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players would finish their day with matching rounds of 87: last weeks's winner Brett Parry (Newmarket, ON) and Gerry Beasley (Mississauga ON) who is coming off a third place finish at last week's event. The result of matching the back nine scores would see Brett come out on top, scoring his third top three finish of the season, carding a 45, over Gerry's score of 48. In the B-Flight Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, current leader, Brett Parry now has 555 points, improving his lead to 100 points over Michael Vettese, who remains at 455points. In third, Mark Armatage has 442.5 points.


In the C-Flight, Jay White (Huntsville ON) would make it three wins on the season!!! Jay would play a steady round that saw him "circle the wagons" when presented with a possible big number. He was able to minimize the extent of his mistakes, only carding four pars, ten bogies and two double bogies for a round of 89, to win by three. Fresh off a win last week, Ian Lederer (Toronto, ON) would take second place today with a round of 92 and has really got his game going at the right time as we reach the halfway point of the BMO World Elite Fall Swing. Taking third today was Sean Mentore (Toronto ON) who would finish today with a round of 93. The C-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Meritcontinues to see Bob Sikorski lead with 767.5 total points. With Ian Lederer's second place finish today, he moves up into second place with 577.5 and, in third place sits Krish Nair with 552.5 points.


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 Mario Araujo, with a net 70 and John Harris, also with a net 70. 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 22 events, Shavi Kahlon holds down top spot with 650.5 points while Rob Olivier is in second with 639.5 but of the slimmest of margins ONE over Michael Cann who has 637.5 points who remains in third, for complete standings click on the link.


The winner of the closest-to-the-pin from today's event the Paradym Tech Tussle was Mark Rhodes 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 Sharad Kerur. 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 Mark Rhodes.


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 J. Dieter Baumeister of the A-Flight.


Click here to view THE RESULTS from today's event The Paradym Tech Tussle played today at The Mandarin Golf and Country 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 GTA AM Tour's next event is only a mere 2 days away when they play the Apexx Global Challenge on Wednesday September 19th at the newly renovated Mad River Golf Club. Mad River has seen a re-work for the 2013 season that sees five reconstructed holes, resurfaced greens and added length. This re-fresh design will continue to delight and challenge the Tour players this season.



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