two playoffs AND tighT COMPETITION dominate TAYLORMADE TUSSLE at Scarboro Golf & Country Club
Scarborough ON (May 12, 2014) - This week, the GTA AM Tour headed to the incredible Scarboro Golf & Country Club, for what turned out to be an amazing day of competition. It would include two nerve racking playoffs (Champ. and C Flights), and card matching was required in all four Flights. The stage was set for the TaylorMade Tussle: a world class, private club that prides itself on exceptional conditions, prime location, and impeccable service and steeped in history dating back to 1912. The course was originally designed by noted professional and Canadian golf course architect George Cummings. However, that routing would only last a short 12 years as, Albert Warren Tillinghast (one of North America's premier golf course designers of his time) would create a masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Tillinghast, is best known for having his hand in shaping courses worthy of hosting US Opens such as, Winged Foot, Baltusrol and the fearsome Bethpage Black. Tillinghast masterfully used the natural landscape of magnificently rolling hills, towering trees and the winding Highland Creek, which comes into play 11 times in 18 holes, to create a course that tests golferS of all abilities. As a matter of fact, Scarboro is no stranger to professional golf tournaments having played host to four Canadian Opens, one of which Sam Snead won back in 1940. The fourth event of the 2015 GTA AM Tour would not be short on excitement..!
|Scarboro G & CC, TaylorMade Tussle, May 11, 2015
When the scores were in and the dust had settled, the Championship Flight would have four players tied with the low round of 77! The playoff would feature two Tour rookies and two Tour veterans. Michael Alderman (Georgetown, ON) playing in his third event and Moshi Karunaneedi (Stouffville, ON) who was a Tour first timer. While two seasoned Tour veterans Chris Willis (Toronto ON) and Ryan Taylor (Uxbridge, ON) would find themselves also fighting for a chance to get back in the winner's circle. One hole was all that was required as Michael who would take dead aim at the par five first hole and card a birdie, while the other three parred. To determine second and third place, card matching was required. When matching the inward nine scores, it would be Moshi who would claim second place prizing of $150 TaylorMade gift card, carding a score of 37. Taking the TaylorMade Tour Preferred X golf balls and case of Mill Street Beer for third place was Chris, with a 39 over Ryan's 41. But in a selfless act, and true spirit of sportsmanship, knowing Ryan would be going home empty handed, Chris gave his beer to Ryan.
In the A-Flight, another Tour rookie, playing in only his second Tour event, would go home all smiles after playing an amazing round of golf. Cody Cunningham (Simcoe ON) scored a fantastic round of golf that included six pars, two birdies, eights bogies, and a double for a round of 78. To
determine second and third place, card matching was required, as three players, Max Osuszek (Woodbridge, ON), Mike Reynolds (Toronto, ON) and Dean Weber (Toronto, ON) were tied with ten over par rounds, of 81.When matching the inward nine scores, it would be Max who would take second place, carding a score of 39 on the back nine, over Mike, who carded 40 and will take home third place prizing. Finishing in fourth was Mike who had shot 41.
In the B-Flight, fresh off a second place finish in last week's Bright Blue Wave Open, Frank O'Brien (Mississauga, ON) would improve on his placing by one taking home first place with a score of 82. Frank carded nine pars, seven bogies and two doubles bogies on route to round of 82 which was enough to win by one. Alone in second, playing in only his second event of the 2015 season, was Tony Oliverio (Brampton, ON). He narrowly missed forcing a playoff as he bogied the eighteenth and finished his day with a round of 83. To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players, Anthony Gibbons (Toronto, ON) and Chris Mulchinock (Stouffville, ON) found themselves tied with matching scores of 84. When matching the inward nine scores, the two would remain deadlocked having both shot matching 42s. When matching the final six holes Chris would take third place having only carded 27 strokes over the six holes where Anthony who had carded 29.
The C-Flight players were in no mood to be outshone by the Champ. Flight. They too decided that a playoff would be required as Leonard Baker (Brampton, ON), who was playing in his very first Tour event, and Tour veteran, Jay White (Huntsville, ON) found themselves tied with rounds of 91. The sudden death playoff would head to the par five, first hole. Jay had just completed his round whereas Leonard had been finished his round for over an hour. The first hole would end up tied with bogies as Jay missed the hitting the green and two putt and Leonard would make an amazing up and down to sinking a long bogie putt..!. On the long par three second, both players hit AMAZING iron shots to the green. Jay's ball had come to rest about four feet from the hole while Leonard was facing a downhill twenty five-footer. It would take Leonard three putts to hole out, leaving Jay the luxury of two putts to close it out. With his nerves at an all-time high, he would come up a half a ball turn short for the birdie, but par is all he need to capture his second win of the short Tour season. Card matching was required to determine the third and final place as two players, John Harris (Toronto, ON) and Dennis Halfpenny (Toronto, ON) found themselves tied with matching scores of 93. When matching their back nine scores, John would come out on top to take third place scoring a 44 over Dennis's score of 46.
The winner of the closest-to-the-pin was Brendan Allman, 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 have a chance to win a $2,500 sponsor product shopping spree. The winner of the Hole in One closest to the pin contest was Paul Babiak. 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; today's winner of the Mill Street Brewery Certificate was Richard Coates.
Another one of the many ways to win on Tour is Net score; this is a calculation of the 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 will receive one dozen TaylorMade golf balls and one case (24) of Mill Street beer. This week winners were Albert Castillo with a net 68 and Anthony Gibbons takes second with a 69. 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
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Next week, the BMO World Elite MasterCard Summit, will be played this coming Tuesday, May 19th, at another fantastic private club the Tour has the privilege of playing. Devils Pulpit Golf Association .
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