The Tour heads to the land of
Lazy days by the Lake
for the mazda muskoka major
MUSKOKA ON (June 16, 2015) - TheMazda Muskoka Major, the second of the two-day, 36 hole Majors of the GTA AM Tour's 2015 season, was played, this past Sunday and Monday, at two fantastic golf courses found in the Muskoka Region. Day One host of the Mazda Muskoka Major was none other than, the "Muskoka original", Deerhurst Resort's Highlands Golf Course, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. Deerhurst Highlands is a must-play Canadian golf destination. Robert Cupp and Thomas McBroom collaboratively created a design that has taken full advantage of the dramatic landscape, while capitalizing on elevation changes, rugged, granite outcroppings and dense forests that are a genuine representation of the region. All of this while maintaining a highly playable and well-balanced Muskoka golf course that has stood the test of time.
On Day Two, the Tour would head to Bigwin Island Golf Club, an incredibly unique, golf experience that will stay with the players all summer long. At Bigwin Island Golf Club, players have seven minutes to anticipate and then to contemplate the day, as they are sped across the lake on a boat, to reach this outstanding golf course. When one steps off the boat, you feel as if you are climbing out of a time machine, to 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. Many players who struggled at Deerhurst on Day One, would be looking for that big bounce back round needed to capture the second Major of the year. While Mother Nature had dampened the players spirits...Wait, correction... SOAKED them to the bone, on Day One leaving everyone sopping wet, Monday, was hot and sunny, allowing players to swing freely and enjoy the day.
In the Championship Flight, Michael Alderman (Georgetown, ON), would capture his second Major of the season. Starting the second day three strokes back, Michael would play it with ease all day by keeping it down the middle. He carded a 76 at Bigwin and an 80 at Deerhurst giving him a two-day total of 156. Alone, in second, Sean Kaye (Georgetown, ON) made his third event of the 2015 season a triumph, scoring the low round of the two-day event, carding a 74. He shot an 83 at Deerhurst for a two-day total of 157. Finishing in third, with rounds of 77 and 81, for a two-day total of 158 was last year's Champ, John Harrington (Ajax, ON). In the Championship Flight's season-long Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Michael Alderman stretches his lead and currently sits in top spot with 567.5 points. In second is John Harrington with 390 points and in third is Stephen Wright with 275 points.
In the A-Flight, Tour Veteran Matt Ward (Barrie, ON) would make a triumphant return to the winner's circle, after two good days of golf. After posting an 83 on Day One, Matt would head into Day Two looking up the leaderboard as he sat two strokes back. Matt would set his eyes on the prize, playing a no-nonsense round, carding a 77, for a two-day total score of 160 that would best the field by two. He would also continue the Bigwin Island Tour stop tradition of launching himself into the cold waters of Lake of Bays...! Check out the video... Alone, in second was Tour Rookie Tyler Russell (Burlington, ON) who began the day six strokes back and in seventh spot. He executed a flawless plan and turned in the low score of his Flight on Day Two, with a 75 and a two-day total of 162. Rounding out the top three was Steve Klein (Brampton ON) who shot rounds of 86 and 77 for a total of 163. The A Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit sees Mike Hubbs remain in top spot this week, with 425.7 points. In second, Darryl Scott has 353.8 points and, in third spot, Dean Weber has 286.7 points.
In the B-Flight, the Tour would get to celebrate success with a BIG splash! Bob Chapman (Toronto, ON) would get in a groove on Day Two earning him another Major win. Bob would also take the plunge off the dock in victory, having finished the event with 87 and 78 (water temperatures we well below these figures J), for a two-day total of 165. To determine second and third places, card matching was required, as two players finished at 169 after the two days. When matching the second day scores they would remain tied. However, when matching the inward nines on Day Two, Derek Peters (Toronto, ON) took second place while Chris Mulchinock (Stouffville, ON) walked away with third. In the B-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, and with the win, Bob Chapman vaults into top spot, with 336.0 points, over Derek Peters who has 331.3. Frank O'Brien slips from first to third with a total of 247.9 points.
In the C-Flight, Jay White (Huntsville, ON) would win his second Major of the season, taking advantage, of his home course knowledge, carding an 88. On Day Two, Jay would see trouble off the tee, but played it steady around the greens, to finish with a 94 for a two-day total of 182. Alone, in second, Tour Rookie, Al Norman (Aurora, ON) starting Day Two, eight strokes back, in seventh spot, having shot a 96 on Day One, went for broke and turned in a 91, for a two-day total of 187. To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players finished two days of competition with matching totals of 188. When matching their scores on Day Two, they would remain tied. However, after matching the inward nine scores of Day Two, Terry Hoffman (Toronto, ON) would take third place while Mark Matusiak (Toronto, ON) finished fourth. The C-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit has Jay White leading with 522.5 points. In second place is Robert Perri, with 375 points and, in third, Mark Matusiak has 328.8 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 Brett Parry, with a net 135 and Scott Lundy, with a net 141. 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 Michael Alderman, at Deerhurst Resort and Matt Ward, at Bigwin, each winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. The winner's 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 Jeff Gates, at Deerhurst Resort and Darryl Scott, at Bigwin. 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 Derek Peters.
Click here to view THE RESULTSfrom today's event the Mazda Muskoka Major played at DeerHurst Resort's Highlands Golf Course, on Sunday and the Bigwin Island Golf Club, on Monday. Also, to see all the actions from the event check out these great PICTURESand the latest Tour VIDEOS,provided by Tour Sponsor Capture Scratch. We hope you have a chance to check them out and to download them for FREE!!
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