National Pines Golf Club played host to
the BMO World Elite MasterCard Major
BARRIE ON (July 20, 2015) - This week, the second half of the season got under way, with the third and final Major of the year, the BMO World Elite MasterCard Major. This past Sunday and Monday, the two-day, 36-hole Major was played at National Pines, a fantastic new addition to the Tour's schedule and a member of the ClubLink family. Thomas McBroom designed a beauty here! National Pines, from the back tees, plays a daunting 7,013 yards in length.The course opens with a meadowlands layout on the front nine and quickly transforms its personality as it routes through the thick stands of pine on the back nine. Over the two days, National Pines, and the heat, would test all the players, both mentally and physically. Only four could go home with Major hardware, but everyone would go home with smiles, as the last of the BONUS Myrtle Beach Order of Merit Points, were hotly contested!!!
In the Championship Flight, Tour Rookie, Paulo Simoes (Woodbridge, ON), would earn his spot on Tour as a contender this week. Playing in only his third event, he would capture his first win on Tour, in Major style. Paulo had an outstanding two days, scoring the low round of the event on Day One, with a round of 73 that included 6 birdies!! He would follow up this 73 with a 77, for a two day total of 150. Alone, in second, Tom Fraser (Scarborough, ON), would continue his outstanding play on the season, notching his fifth, top three finish in the five events he has played this season by scoring 76, 81, for a two day total of 157. Finishing, in third, with rounds of 82 and 76, for a two day total of 158 was Sang Park (Toronto, ON), who made the jump from A-Flight to the Champ Flight in style!!! In the Championship Flight's season-long Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Michael Alderman continues to sit in top spot with 597.5 points. In second is John Harrington with 390 points and, in third, is Stephen Wright, with 275 points.
In the A-Flight, Mike Hubbs (Toronto, ON), would make it back-to-back wins. Mike started Day Two, tied in eighth place, ten strokes back of the lead, having finished Day One with a round of 87. Mike, would step up to the challenge and, with nothing to lose, would throw down a gauntlet by firing five birdies in his round of 76, for a two day total of 163. That total would best the field by 2. Alone, in second, Matt Ward (Barrie, ON), would shoot his best golf on Day One, tying the low round of the day with a score of 77. On Day Two, Matt would find the trouble that lurked at National Pines and would finish with a round of 88 and a two day total of 165. Rounding out the top three was Scott Lundy (Ajax, ON), who shot rounds of 83 and 86 for a two day total of 169. The A Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit sees Mike Hubbs remain in top spot this week, extending his lead, with 734.2 points. In second, Matt Ward has 400.7 points and, in third spot, Danny MacDonald has 387.5 points.
In the B-Flight, Tour veteran, fantastic Tour Sponsor (Pixelcarve and Dyma) and supporter, Jeremy Choi (Toronto, ON), would get to celebrate success this week, returning to the winners' circle for the first time this season. Jeremey finished Day One, with a round of 85, and was sitting 2 strokes back and tied for fourth place. With not a worry or care in the world, and playing in the second to last group, he let it all out, and played his best golf of the season. Jeremy shot an 82 for a winning, two day total of 167. Alone, in second, Kevin Allen (Annan, ON), would finish with rounds of 83 and 86 for a two day total of 169. Finishing, in third, Don Laking (Toronto, ON), played it steady over the two days, with rounds of 85 and 86 for a two day total of 171. In the B-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Derek Peters moves into top spot this week, with 466.3 points, over Bob Chapman, who has 437.3. Climbing into the top three, Chris Mulchinock now has 408.8 points.
In the C-Flight, Robert Perri (Toronto, ON), would have another outstanding week to make it back-to-back wins. Robert would start his day four strokes back and tied for fourth, having shot 92 on Day One. He played a very steady round on Day Two, minimalizing his troubles by shooting a round of 86 for a two day total 178, besting the field by four. Alone, in second, Jay White (Huntsville, ON), carded rounds of 88 and 94, for a two day total of 182. Finishing in third, was Ravi Ragbeer (Toronto, ON), who finished the BMO World Elite MasterCard Major with matching rounds of 92, for a two day total of 184. The C-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit continues to see Robert Perri holding down top spot with 670.0 points. Sitting in second, Jay White has 635.0 points and, jumping into third, Bob Read has 441.7 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 Carl Thompson, with a net 135 and Al Norman, with a net 138. 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.
The winners of the closest-to-the-pin competition were Chris Mulchinock, and Scott Lundy, each winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. The winners 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, were Sharad Kerer, and Jeremey Choi. 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 Brad Trew.
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This week, The Tour community raised a total of $548.50 for Habitat for Humanity GTA!! Tour player, Christian Anderson, the General Manager of Buffalo Wild Wings in Barrie, created a program that would see, 15% of all the sales generated on Sunday evening, would be donated to Habitat for Humanity GTA! Tour players and other Buffalo Wild Wings patrons collectively raised $338...! On Monday, Ali from Habitat for Humanity joined us on the first tee. She shared the exciting news about an upcoming charity event, to be hosted later this season at Oviinbyrd on September 24th. She also shared how players could help by donating to the "Paint Can". The players and Tour Team would step up and donated an additional $210.50 into the "paint can"...! GREAT job everyone and we look forward to continuing to support Habitat for Humanity GTA...!!
Next week, The Honsberger Physio Challenge, will be played, this coming Monday, July 27th, at another fantastic private club the Tour has the privilege of playing, the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto. Space is still available, so sign up today!
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