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Thornhill ON (July 28, 2014) - With the first half of the season in the books, this is the time of year the competition really starts heating up, as players start to bank on great performances to improve their standing in the Myrtle Beach Order of Merit. Today, four players would be crowned winners of their respective Flights. For a third year, the GTA AM Tour players would be fortunate to have the chance to play the gorgeous, historic and majestically designed Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto. "Ladies'", as it is known, is a fabulous, private golf club; the only club in North America owned and operated by women, for women. This season Ladies' is celebrating 90 years of service. .Men, of course, are always welcome at the Club and play through a guest card holder program. Ladies', designed by Canada's renowned golf course architect, Stanley Thompson, is a challenging, well-maintained and environmentally friendly course that winds along the East Don River, affording players great views from a few dramatic elevation changes as the course traverses through the river valley. The night before the event Mother Nature heaped an ocean of water onto the golf course. It was only as a result of a herculean effort by Superintendent John McLinden and his Team, that the event went off without a hitch and on beautifully rolling greens..!


The Championship Flight was a demonstration of the perfect golf game, with John Harrington (Ajax, ON) posting the winning round today, finishing with an even par 70, in a round that saw him card 5 birdies, 9 pars, 3 bogies and a double to give him an amazing fourth win of the Tour season. Alone, in second today, was Anu Sandhu (Brampton, ON) who would post 2 birdies, 12 pars and 4 bogies for a two over par round of 72 to capture his first top three finish of the season. To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players had matching rounds of 73, Ryan Taylor (Uxbridge, ON) and Colin Mathers (Toronto, ON). The result of matching the inward nine scores would see Ryan capture third place, scoring 32 over Colin's score of 36. With his win today, the Championship Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Meritsees John Harrington pad his lead to 222.5 points and now sits with 760 points. Slipping into second place, Stephen Wright, moving up one spot, has 527.5 points and, in third, Robert Genno (Washago, ON) sits with 525 points.


In the A-Flight, for the second week in a row, extra golf would be required with Tour Rookies, Graham Baldwin and Jonathan Lee matching low rounds of 74. The sudden death playoff would head to the first hole and would end quickly as Graham carded a par to Jonathan's bogey. Finishing, in third place, was Brent Brandham (Toronto, ON) who almost made it a three way tie for first, having taken a bogie on the seventeenth hole to score a 75. The A-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Meritcontinues to see Shavi Kahlon with the number one spot stretch his lead to 172.5 points as he sits with 522.5 points. In second place, Darryl Scott stays pat with 350 points and, remaining in third place, is Matt Ward with 310 points.


In the B-Flight, the end of the day was thoroughly exciting with so many just missing out on a win, as the leaderboard was extremely tight at the top. Winning the B-Flight this week was Michael Vettese who struggled a little on the front, carding a 44 on his outward nine. Michael would settle in on the back and turn in the winning round of 81 to capture his first Tour victory. To determine second and third place, card matching was required, as two players had matching rounds of 82: Jeff Gatcke (Lansdowne, ON) who narrowly missed making it a playoff carding a bogie on the eighteenth and Joseph Berberich (Toronto, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see Jeff capture second place, posting a 39 on the back over Colin's score of 40. Colin will not go home empty handed, as he took home some Mill Street beer and TaylorMade Balls for third place. In the B-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Michael Cann, sits with 580 points and improves his commanding 180 point lead. Alone, in second, is John Farrugia, with 400 points and, in third place, Brett Parry has 385 points.


In the C-Flight, The Tour would crown yet another first time winner as Tour Rookie, Ross Baker (Acton, ON), would have one of those rounds where steady golf would bring home the trophy and Ultra 94 gas card. The biggest number on Ross's card was a six to score an 84 and a two stroke victory. To determine second and third places, card matching was required, as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 86: John Baty (Toronto, ON) and Rene Johnston (Toronto, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see John capture second place, for a second straight week, by carding a 41 on the back, over Rene's score of 44. Rene made his first event of the 2014 a good one, taking home third place prizing for his efforts. The C-Flight Myrtle Beach Order of Meritcontinues to see Bob Sikorski holding on to top spot, and improving his lead to an impressive 300 points with 737.5 total points. Krish Nair continues to sit in second with 437.5 points and, in third, Robert Perri sits with 365 points.


Another one of the many ways to win on Tour is through Net Score competition. The net score competiton 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 Mark Matusiak, with a net 69, and Doug McNeil 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 13 events, Mark Matusiak returns to top spot with 585 and, in second, sits Michael Cann with 568.5. For complete standings click on the link.


The winner of the closest-to-the-pin from today's event the Mill Street Brewery Challenge was John Husbands 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 Alex Forbes. 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 Krish Nair.


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 John Harris of the C-Flight.

July 28th 2014 - Toronto Ladies Golf Club
July 28th 2014 - Toronto Ladies Golf Club

Click here to view THE RESULTSfrom today's event The ECCO Classic played today at Ladies' Golf Club of Toronto. Also, to see all the actions from today's event check out these GREAT PICTURES! We are certain you will enjoy watching today's VIDEOcourtesy of Tour Sponsor Capture Scratch. We hope you have a chance to check them out and download them for FREE!!


Next week the GTA AM Tour season makes a return to the Rees Jones Classic layout of the Grand Niagara Golf ClubMonday August 4th to play The Pixelcarve Open.Space is still available, sign up today! 



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