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The weather shines on tHE 2015 TOUR cHAMPIONSHIP
providing warm conditions and heated competition

McKeller, ON (September 28, 2015) - What an amazing way to end a fantastic season! The weekend in September, The 2015 GTA AM Tour Championship was held at the award-winning The Ridge at Manitou , designed by acclaimed architect Tom McBroom. McBroom, utilized the dramatic backdrop of the Canadian Shield to carve out a fantastic golf course that flows through rock, forest and meadowland, using these natural features to deliver a stunning golf course, with dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking vistas and a rare combination of playability and challenge, with a bit more emphasis on the latter! The course conditions greeting players were outstanding; the greens were fast and the fairways were firm, fast and lush.
After the first day of competition, Tour players were treated to a delectable dining experience, in the unique timber frame clubhouse of The Ridge at Manitou. This post and beam structure, wrapped in glass, provided a unique dining venue with an incredible menu and spectacular views of Lake Manitouwabing. The party hosted players from all four flights, their significant others and number of Tour sponsors. Everyone present relished in this opportunity to gather, relax and share stories, while soaking up the last bit of the extended summer. The evening was hosted by Mark Young who started the evening with a speech thanking Tour players for their continued support of the Tour, recognizing several of the wonderful Tour sponsors in attendance and lastly, his fantastic Tour Team, who helped to make every event run seamlessly. To finish off the evening, the moment players had been waiting for all season, the draws of the season-long contests were conducted.
Draw Prizing
The first draw was the TaylorMade Rewards Program where, once again, Tour players would show their support of Tour sponsor TaylorMade Golf by purchasing the number one driver on Tour, or by playing one of their fantastic golf balls (Project [a], Tour Preferred and Tour Preferred X). For every $50 spent on their fantastic products, players received a ballot to win of one of four rounds of golf at Oviinbyrd Golf Club. The winners of the TaylorMade Rewards Program were: Brain Nash, Kevin Allen, Sean Kaye, and Robin Hutchins.
The next draw was a season long contest for two, 43", LG, flat screen TV's, provided by Tour sponsor Paul Dermody, President of P.J. Dermody. Once again, players who requested an insurance quote from Paul would be eligible for the draw. The lucky winners of these amazing prizes were Robin Hutchins and Michael Cann!
Mark Young wrapped up the evening thanking everyone for their respective contributions to The Tour Community and wishing all players success for day two of the Tour Championship. For those within reach of a victory, it was early to bed to dream of the last competitive day of the 2015 Tour season. For those not-so-close to the podium, continued celebrating a great year for the remainder of the evening.  
Tour Championship Results
In the Championship Flight, capping off a fantastic season, Ryan Taylor (Uxbridge, ON) would win his fifth event of the season. Ryan headed to day two four strokes off the lead and had some work to do, having completed the first round with a 75. On day two, Ryan would play a very steady round to finish with the low round on the day, with a score of 73, for a two-day total of 148 and a two stroke victory. Alone, in second, last year's Tour Champion, John Harrington (Ajax, ON) would play a great two days of golf, finishing it off on the thirty-sixth hole, with an eagle, carding rounds of 76 and 74 for a two-day total of 150. Finishing, in third, Tour rookie and TaylorMade sponsor, Brent Clements (Toronto, ON), playing in just his first Tour event, would have a fantastic outing. Brent had an outstanding first day, finishing with the low round of the event, carding a one-under par 71 that included five birdies. Round two, would not treat him as well, as he would finish with a round of 82, for a two-day total of 153. 
In the A-Flight, players were set to do battle to the end. At the completion of day one, all of the top three Myrtle Beach Order of Merit leaders were at the top of the leaderboard. On day two, The Ridge at Manitou would show 
its teeth and the scores reflected the issues presented by the challenging course, with only one player shooting a sub-80 round. When all 36 hole scores were in, Robin Hutchins (Toronto, ON) would capture his second win of this Tour season to take home the Tour Championship trophy. Robin headed into day two with a one shot lead, having scored a 79 on his first round. On day two, Robin continued to roll it true and scored well as he finished his day two round with an 80, for a two day total of 159. Alone, in second, was Shavi Kahlon (Brooklin, ON) who has had an impressive run the past two months. Shavi has had six top three finishes in his last seven events. He, would have another great event to continue his incredible run carding an 81 and an 82 for a two day total of 163. Rounding out the top three, taking home two cases of Mill Street Beer and two dozen TaylorMade balls, was Mike Hubbs (Hamilton ON) who finished his weekend with rounds of 86 and 81, for a two day total of 167.
The B-Flight provided us with the tightest leaderboard. After the first day of competition, eight players were within seven strokes of the lead, chasing round one leader Kevin Allen (Annan, ON) who had shot an 81. Day two would not come as easy for Kevin, but he was able to hold it together long enough to capture his first Tour win, shooting an 88 for a two day total 169. Alone, in second, was Bob Chapman (Ajax ON) who can now be referred to as "Mr. Tour Championship" since Bob won the event in 2013, placed second in 2014 and second, once again this year. Starting the second day four strokes off the lead, having shot 85, Bob would set his sights on a win and was on track to possibly take home, yet-another, Tour Championship victory. However, the tenth hole would derail those plans, as he would card a, rather uncharacteristic, ten. He would make up some ground, over the next eight holes, but not quite enough to best Kevin. Bob finished the event carding two matching rounds of 85, for a two day total of 170. Alone, in third, scoring his second top three finish of the season, was Bruno Rukavina (Toronto, ON) who played to a two day total of 172, having played calm and even keeled to card an 85 and an 87.

In the C-flight, Jay White (Huntsville, ON) shook off the bad memories of last year 's Tour Championship where he ended up finishing second. This year, Jay would turn things around, with an outstanding two days, playing his best golf in ten years. Jay headed into day two with the lead and a one stroke margin, having finished day one with an 84. Jay did what he could to keep it down the middle. He literally removed his driver from his bag and hit four-iron off every par four and par five tee. As a result, he found himself alone, on top, bettering his first day score, by one, for a round of 83 and a two day total 167. Alone, in second, Vico Singh (Brampton, ON) played an up and down two days of golf that saw him scoring well for a stretch only to have his efforts unfold significantly on a couple of holes. Vico carded a couple of big numbers as he played his rounds with scores of 85 and 90 to finish with a two-day total of 175. To determine third place, card matching was required as two were tied with two day totals of 140. Tour Rookie, Sandy Zajac (Etobicoke, ON) who, in her brief stint on Tour has racked up quite the impressive resume, having won two Tour wins, two second place finishes in the nine events she competed in prior to the Tour Championship and Tour Veteran, Al Norman (Aurora, ON) who had three top three finishes on the GTA AM Tour season. It was Sandy who would finish in third place, carding an 89 on day two over Al who placed fourth, having shot a 91 in his second round.
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, receive one dozen TaylorMade golf balls and one case (24) of Mill Street beer. This week's winners were Fred Snel, with a net 138 and Derek Peters, with a net 140.
The winners of the closest-to-the-pin competition over the two days were Michael Vetesse and Joshua Kingsmill, each winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. The winners 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 Andrew Keenan and Paul Dermody. 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 Jason Baumeister.
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Tour Championships 2015
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