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Oshawa ON (August 31, 2015) - This week, with summer waning (only on the calendar!), the highly anticipated BMO World Elite Fall Swing is finally upon us! Oshawa Golf and Curling Club would host, the Apexx Global Challenge , the first in the series of six events that make up the BMO World Elite Fall Swing, where players will be further rewarded for digging deeper than they have all season.
The BMO World Elite Fall Swing is a series of six tournaments that culminate in the season ending Tour Championship. Tour Players will compete for BMO World Elite Fall Swing points, based on their per event finish position. As well, Tour players who have a BMO World Elite MasterCard and who place 1st, 2nd or 3rd, in any one of the events in the BMO World Elite Fall Swing, will be awarded BMO Rewards Points. The number of BMO Rewards points awarded will be as follows: 1st place: 10,000 points (value of $100 for travel); 2nd place 7,500 (value of $75 for travel); 3rd place 5,000 points (value of $50 for travel). Inspiring even greater competition at the end of the Tour season, the BMO World Elite Rewards Points awarded for the Tour Championship will be increased by 100%.
Our fantastic host this week was Oshawa G&CC, a true hidden gem in the Durham Region and a classic Stanley Thompson design. Players would find themselves aiming down well-manicured and undulating fairways, lined with hundreds of mature trees, terminating at small and challenging greens. With only five events remaining until the Tour Championship, players would have to play smart and putt with a steady hand on these very small and immaculately kept greens, in the hopes of kicking off right, the BMO World Elite Fall Swing.
In the Championship Flight, for a third straight week, a Tour Rookie would celebrate his first win on Tour. Shea Varty (Port Perry, ON), playing in just his first Tour event, would have an amazing  day on the course, posting the lowest round the Tour has seen all season, scoring a three-under par round of 69. Shea would start off his round with a big case of the first event jitters, scoring a double bogie on the first. However, he would settle in nicely to finish his day with an astounding six birdies, ten pars, a bogie and a double. To determine second and third places, card matching was required, as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 75: Craig Conroy (Bowmanville, ON), and Ryan Taylor (Uxbridge, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see Craig claim second place, with Ryan taking third. In the Championship Flight's season-long  Myrtle Beach Order of Merit , Michael Alderman continues to sit in top spot, with 660.0 points. Ryan Taylor moves into second spot and now has 623.3 and, John Harrington slips back into third, and has 607.5 points.
In the A-Flight, Martin Gorman (Uxbridge, ON) would be celebrating this week as he kicked off the BMO World Elite Fall Swing right by firing a round of 79, bettering the A-Flight field by two. Martin would keep it straight and out of trouble, turning in a card with eleven pars and seven bogies. To determine second and third places, card matching was required, as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 81: John Farrugia (Brampton, ON), and Robin Hutchins (Toronto, ON). When matching the inward nine, the two would remain tied. Matching the final six holes would see John take home second place honors while Robin went home with third place. The A- Flight's  Myrtle Beach Order of Merit  sees Mike Hubbs remain in top spot with a commanding lead, and 734.2 points. In second, Shavi Kahlon has 465.0 points and, jumping into third spot, John Farrugia has 463.8 points.
In the B-Flight, The Tour's very own Handicap Committee Chair, Brad Golden (Toronto, ON), would make a return to the winner circle, after firing a round of 81. Brad has had one of those seasons where, each week, he has had to struggle to get around the course, averaging twenty over par.. Recently, he has found something in his game that would have him celebrating this week, as he was crowned the winner of the Apexx Global Challenge. Alone, in second, Ian Ervine (Toronto, ON) would post a score of 82. To determine third place, card matching was required, as three players had matching rounds of 86: Dean George (Markham, ON), Andrew Itwaru (Toronto, ON) and Andy Schwabe (Toronto, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see two remain deadlocked. When matching the final six holes, Dean would finish in third. In the B-Flight's  Myrtle Beach Order of Merit , Bob Chapman remains in top spot, with 586.3 points. Moving into second place, Jeremy Choi has 404.2 points and, climbing into the top three, Andrew Itwaru has 398.8.
In the C-Flight, Tour Rookie, Josh Silverman (Toronto, ON) would post his best round of the season on Tour, finishing with an amazing ten-over par round of 82. Josh would do something very unique by recording the lowest nine-hole score for the C-Flight in the Tour's history. Josh shot a one-under 35 on the front nine that even included a double bogie!!! Josh's back nine would see him struggle and finish with a 47. Alone, in second, Sandy Zajac (Etobicoke, ON), coming off her win last week, had another successful outing this week, scoring a round of 86. Rounding out the top three, Richard Headley (Guelph, ON) finished his day with a score of 90, for his first top three finish on Tour. The C-Flight's  Myrtle Beach Order of Merit   continues to see Robert Perri holding down top spot, with 731.3 points. Sitting in second, Jay White has 635.0 points and, holding steady in third is Mark Matusiak with 575.0 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 Rene Johnston, with a net 70 and Brian Provencal, with a net 72. 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 .   After the seventeenth event, Robert Perri of the C-Flight holds onto first place with 825.5 points and in second Mike Hubbs of the A-Flight has 819.5. For complete standings, click on the link.
The winner of the closest-to-the-pin competition was John Farrugia, winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. The winner of the Mazda Hole inOne, closest to the pin contest, where all players have a chance to win a $2,500 sponsor product shopping spree, was Tom Lumsden. 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 Andrew Itwaru.

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Next Week, Monday, September 9th, the second, in a series of six events, the  BMO World Elite Fall Swing , will be played at,  Wildfire Golf Club , located in the heart of Ontario's picturesque Kawartha's cottage country, will be hosting, the  Capture Scratch Classic . REMEMBER to wear something PINK or PURPLE for a chance to win something from the boys at Capture Scratch!!! Space is still available, so sign up today! 

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