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MUSKOKA ON (June 16, 2014) - Over the past two days, the second Major of the GTA AM Tour's 2014 season was played in Muskoka, the land of lazy days by the lake, spent sipping a cold Mill Street Brew. Day One of The TaylorMade Muskoka Major was hosted, on Father's Day, at the beautiful Deerhurst Resort's, Highlands Golf Course. The Highlands Course is the Muskoka original, which established the benchmark for golf courses in the Muskoka region. Opened in 1990, the Highlands Course immediately sparked the region's emergence as a major, must-play Canadian golf destination. Taking full advantage of the dramatic landscape, while capitalizing on elevation changes, complete with rugged, granite outcroppings and dense forests, Robert Cupp and Thomas McBroom created a design that is a genuine representation of the Muskoka region, while maintaining a highly playable, well-balanced, golf course that has stood the test of time.


After the first day of competition was in the books, for the second consecutive year, Vanessa Villani of the Tour Team hosted a mid-season party, where Tour Players headed to Deerhurst's Maple Pub and Patio to relax and soak up a little Muskoka. Players were treated to a delectable, Muskoka BBQ, put on by the fabulous Chefs of Deerhurst Resort. The evening couldn't have been any better; a perfect night on the patio overlooking the lake and the setting sun. Players would spend the evening regaling each other with stories of great shots, recounting of hosel rockets and missed opportunities. Keeping with tradition, the evening wouldn't be complete without another memorable performance from C-Flight Tour player, Bob Read, also known by his stage name WHITE BOB, crooning out his best Bob Marley impression. A special shout out (literally) to Jody Patfield for his bogarting of the Karaoke mike... Well done Jody...!


Day Two of The TaylorMade Muskoka Major, would head to Bigwin Island Golf Club, an incredibly unique golfing experience that is not soon be forgotten. When arriving at most golf clubs, you arrive by car, however, at Bigwin Island (the name says it all!) you climb aboard a boat for a 5 minute ferry to an island rich in the history of a bygone era. The course itself, a par 72 championship layout, measuring 7,166 yards from the championship tees, was designed by world-renowned golf course architect Doug Carrick. For many players, who struggled at Deerhurst on Day One, looking for that big bounce back round they would need to capture the second Tour Major of the year, redemption would be sought on the friendlier layout of Bigwin.


In the Championship Flight, players were set to do battle to the very end. On Day One, Deerhurst showed its teeth and the scores reflected the challenges presented by the Highlands Course. Only one player would come close to shooting a round of par and only three other Champ Flight competitor shot in the seventies. When all the scores were in, the leaderboard was stacked with the familiar names of players who have already had a 2014 Tour win. Sitting on top was John Harrington (Ajax, ON), winner of The Golf Away Tours Tussle, hosted at Osprey Valley Resort, who turned in great round of 74. Robert Genno (Washago, ON), coming off a win two weeks ago at Barrie Country Club, turned in a round of 77. Returning to the Tour, in his first event of the 2014 season, was Bob Weir (Welland, ON) who also turned in a score of 77 to round out the top three. On Day Two, players would make the most of the friendlier fairways to turn in amazing bounce back rounds. The leaderboard would remain unchanged at the end of the event. With the great start on Day One, few had a chance to make up ground on John and he would only make it harder, as he continued his outstanding play, carding an even par 72 to close out his first Tour Major win with a two day score of 146. Alone in second, with a very solid and consistent score of 75, was Robert Genno giving him a two day total of 152. Finishing in third place, with a round of 86, for a two day total of 163, was Bob Weir.


In the A-Flight, it came down to exciting Day Two finishes to determine the winner. After Day One rounds were complete, the leaderboard was stacked and tight, with five players within four strokes of each other, setting up for an exciting finish. After the round at Deerhurst Highlands, Dave Beatty (Brampton, ON) would find himself in a similar position as in 2013, sitting at the top, having turned in a round of 80. However, after the dust settled on Day Two, the A Flight would see a new name atop the podium. Capturing The TaylorMade Muskoka Major, making a triumphant return to the Tour and completing his first event of the 2014 season, was Darryl Scott (London, ON), who started Day Two, two strokes back, tied in 2th place. On Day One, Darryl shot an 82 and on Day Two he would card a 4 stroke swing, firing a round of 78 for a two day total of 160. Alone in second, sat round one leader, Dave Beatty, having played to an 86 for a two day total 166. Coming third, and taking home a case of Mill Street Beer and TaylorMade Balls, for his troubles, was local Bob Finlay (Huntsville, ON). Bob took advantage of his home course knowledge tofinish Day One with a score of 83 to sit three shots back and tied for 4th place., On Day Two Bob would shoot an 84 for a two day total of 167.


The B-Flight was the most exciting leaderboard to watch on the weekend as it was log jammed at the top with ten players finding themselves within in six stokes of each other! Almost all of the leaders had at least one Tour win in the past two seasons. After the first round, Michael Cann would set himself up for a possible wire to wire win, having turned in a round of 83 to give him a three stroke lead heading to Day Two. Michael would continue to play solid golf and make it a great weekend, turning in a round of 84 for a two day total 167 and a five stroke victory. To determine second and third places, last round matching was used as two were tied with two round totals of 174. Bob Chapman would capture second over Bruce MacDonald who won last year at this event, as Bob fired 84 while Bruce carded an 85 on Day Two.


The C-Flight saw a return to the winner's circle for Jay White (Huntsville, ON) who took advantage of playing his home course on Day One to score a 90 to enter Day Two tied for first with Jon Chu (Thornhill, ON). Jay would continue his steady play at Bigwin, carding a round of 84 to give him a two day total of 174. Bob Sikorski (Toronto, ON), currently the hottest player in the C-Flight, coming off a win and a second place finish the last two weeks, made it another great finish. Having started Day Two three strokes back and alone in third by shooting 93 on Day One, Sikorski would continue his steady play turning in a score of 95 on Day Two, for a two day total 188, giving him another second place finish. Alone in third, Jon Chu, who started the day tied for first, would find misfortune and bad luck struggling on the front nine at Bigwin, but, on the back, he would rally to keep it respectable, turning in a round of 99 to keep him in the prizing with a two day total 189.


The winner of the closest-to-the-pin at Deerhurst Highlands was Robert Genno and, from Bigwin Island Golf Club, was Pat O'Neil. Both players won 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. This week's winner of the Hole in One closest to the pin at Deerhurst was Brain Greatrix and from Bigwin Island Golf Club was Joel Berger. 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 winners of the Mill Street Brewery Certificate were Joel Berger and Kevin Morris.


TaylorMade has generously provided The Tour with two SLDR 3 Woods to use as draw prizes for the TaylorMade Muskoka Major. Congratulations to Jody Patfield and Russ Anderson each of whom won a TaylorMade SLDR 3 Wood!


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 TaylorMade Muskoka Major, Ultra 94 $20 gas card this week was Dave Quennell  of the B-Flight.


Click here to view THE RESULTS from today's event the TaylorMade Muskoka Major played the past two days at Deerhurst Resort Highlands Golf Club and Bigwin Island Golf Club. Also, to see all the actions from today's event check out these great pictures! We are certain you will 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!!


Bigwin Island, Day 2 Muskoka Major - June 16, 2014 
Bigwin Island, Day 2 Muskoka Major - June 16, 2014

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