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THe First Major of the season excites down to the wire!!!


Bond Head ON (May 26, 2014) - After a two week hiatus, The GTA AM Tour was back at it, with a vengeance, with The BMO World Elite Major, the first of the three majors slated to be played this season, was played over the past two days. The Tour made the first of two scheduled visits to a member of the ClubLink family, with this week's event being held at The Club at Bond Head, an experience players will not soon forget. The Club at Bond Head offers the ultimate golf experience, with two magnificent courses, designed by the renowned firm of Hurdzan-Fry. For the 70 players in attendance, they would get to experience both courses over the two days. On the first day, the players set out to take on the South Course, a links-style layout, with wide fairways, gaping bunkers and fescue rough. On day two, players would take to the parkland-style North Course that features dramatic elevation changes, spectacular vistas and small, contoured greens that would take their toll on the players trying to make up ground. As a very welcome surprise, Mother Nature would shine down on both days of the BMO World Elite Major.


In the Championship Flight, it would be Peter Willis (Aurora, ON) who would be the first to celebrate a second victory of the 2014 Tour season. After finding himself heading into the second day with a two stroke lead, Peter would keep it rolling for the final eighteen to finish the 36-hole Major. He ended up with a 7 over par, two day total of 151, having fired a 74 and 77, that would result in a 6 stroke victory. Alone in second, was Robert Genno (Washago, ON) who would start his second round three back of the lead. However, he was ready to grind it out and, on the front nine, did just that to make up some ground. Robert finished with a two day total of 157 carding a 77 and 80. In the event of a tie, and in this case to determine third place, The Tour takes the player with the best last 18 holes. John Harrington (Ajax, ON) and Robert Sterling (Mississagua, ON) were tied with a two-day total of 161. John would capture third place, scoring 79 on the last round over Robert's 82.


In the A-Flight, after the first day, 8 players found themselves within 5 strokes of the lead. Matt Ward was leading the pack by one stoke, heading into day two, having finished with 78 after day one. Matt would take the lead, wire to wire, continuing his steady play by not getting into any trouble and finishing his second round with an 83 for the two day total of 161 and a one stroke victory. Alone in second was Laz Nussis (Toronto ON) who would come oh so close. Laz began day two one stroke back and would actually take the lead by the fifth hole. However, he would relinquish the lead on the sixth and tried to keep it close finishing with a two day total of 162. Third place in the A Flight, making it two, top three finishes on the season, was Shavi Kahlon (Brooklin, ON) who played a steady tournament, shooting an 81 and 82 for a two day total 163.


In the B-Flight, it would require consistently low rounds to win. On the first day, Mark Armatage would go out and set a furious pace, firing an 83 and heading into the second round with a three stroke lead over two tied at 86, Michael Lalonde and Mike DiFlorio. However, Mark would struggle to hold it together on his second round; never really finding a groove, and finishing his day with a 90. Fortunately for him, the rest of the field would also find the North course challenging which was enough to find him still on top, but not alone!!! John Farrugia (Brampton, ON) would start the day seven strokes back and tied for tenth. However, John made it very exciting today, as, with nothing to lose, he went out and challenged the pins and fired the low round of the day 83. He too finished the two day BMO World Elite Major with a score of 173. John and Mark would head off to the tenth tee of the South Course where Mark would close out the win in one hole. To determine third, last round matching was used as two were tied with two round totals of 174. Paul Inglis would capture third over Michael Cann, as Paul fired 85 while Michael carded an 87.


The C-Flight, would see the tightest leaderboard after day one which would set the stage for an exciting finish, Tour veteran Bob Sikorski (Toronto, ON) found himself on top, with a one stroke lead, having finished with a round of 89, over Ian Lederer (Toronto, ON) and Mark Matusiak (Toronto, ON) both finishing day one with rounds of 90. Unfortunately, it would not be Bob's week, as Mark would make it a 2014 Tour season hat trick, capping off his third straight Tour victory, turning in a round of 86, for a two day total of 176 and the six stroke victory. Ian Lederer would keep himself in it, continuing his steady play during his second round by turning in a 92 for a two day total of 182. Rounding out the top three was Golf Lab student Clayton MacKay who started the day in fourth spot. However, he was able to keep it together today and liked the 92 he shot on day one so much, he did it again on day two for a tournament total of 184.  


The winners of the closest-to-the-pin were Mike Reynolds and Francesco Romeo, 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 were Steve Teo and Arlo Hugessen . 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; today's winners of the Mill Street Brewery Certificate were Steve Curtis and Matt Collins.


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 BMO World Elite, Ultra 94 $20 gas card this week was Larry Andrews of the B-Flight, and Graham McCulloch of the A-Flight.


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Next week's GTA AM Tour's event will take place on Monday June 2nd. The Golf Lab Open will be hosted by Barrie Country Club, another fabulous Private golf club the Tour has the privilege of playing; space is still available, sign up today! 


ABOUT THE GTA AM TOUR:  The GTA AM Tour is owned and operated by Canadian Golf Tours Inc. and is sponsored by: BMO World Elite MasterCardTaylorMade Golf Canada, Mazda Canada, Mill Street BreweryUltra 94Nature Valley, Myrtle Beach Golf HolidayECCO Shoes, P.J. Dermody Insurance Brokers, Joshua Kingsmill, Prodigy Headwear, LG Electronics Canada Inc., Cellworks, Sundog Eyewear, Golf Away Tours, Paradym Tech  Privileged PlayThe Golf Lab, Pixelcarve, Pacific Links, Bright Blue Wave, Dyma, Honsberger Physiotherapy and Biomechanics Clinic, Capture Scratch and Fame International Salon and Spa. Tournament rules officials are organized through the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

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