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Caledon ON (September 14, 2015) - Monday was the beginning of an exciting week, when two of the six events, which make up the exciting BMO World Elite Fall Swing , will be played. The first event of the week was the Golf Away Tours Open , hosted at Osprey Valley Golf, Heathlands Course . One of the three, award winning, championship golf courses at Osprey Valley Golf. designed by Doug Carrick, Heathlands, is best described as a tough test of golf. An inland links style course, resembling a traditional seaside course, dotted with pot bunkers, shaped dunes and mounds, covered in thick sheep's fescue grass. A place where players can daydream that they are overseas, playing for the Claret Jug. On Monday, Tour players would be challenged by similar conditions the pros face, when they tee it up in The Open Championship: high winds, sunny skies and slick fast greens. It would take strategic play to conquer the course, along with a master's touch of the bump and run, to walk away a winner. For the four who did, they would make up ground on the BMO World Elite Fall Swing, as we reach the halfway point of this rewarding series.
In the Championship Flight, eighteen holes would not be enough, as two players: Rick Robinson (Orangeville, ON) and Tour rookie Marc Marchese (Brampton, ON) would both finish with matching rounds of 78. The two would head off to the first hole of the Heathlands course for a sudden death playoff that would take four holes to conclude! Both players struggled on the first three holes but did so equally. On the fourth hole, a par five, Rick would par and Marc would bogie giving Rick the victory. To determine third place, card matching was required, as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 79: Joey Chua (Acton, ON), and Doug McNeil (Aurora, ON). When matching the inward nine, the results would see Joey, another Tour rookie, take home third place. In the Championship Flight's season-long  Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Ryan Taylor continues to hold down top spot with 683.3 points, Michael Alderman sits in second with 667.5 points, and in third, John Harrington has 642.5 points.
In the A-Flight, Shavi Kahlon (Brooklin, ON) would make it back-to-back wins in his last two events, having posted a score of 78 to tie the low round on the day. Shavi has chosen the perfect time of year to find "that something special" in his game, allowing him to play with ease. He has been turning in great scores, of late, having finished first, first, second and fourth in his last four starts. With only two events remaining until the Tour Championship, he could make the race for the Myrtle Beach Order of Meritinteresting if his current streak continues. To determine second and third places, card matching was required, as two players would enter the clubhouse with matching rounds of 80: Preet Sandhu (Caledon, ON) and Tom Champion (Oakville, ON). The result of matching the back nine scores would see Preet taking home second place prizing and Tom going home with third. The A-Flight's Myrtle Beach Order of Merit sees Mike Hubbs remain in top spot, with a commanding lead and 741.7 points. With his win, jumping into second spot, Shavi Kahlon now has 565.0 points and, slipping into third spot is Robin Hutchins with 515.0 points.
In the B-Flight, Ravi Ragbeer (Toronto, ON) would be celebrating this week, with his first Tour victory of the 2015 season, when he finished his day with a round of 85 that would best the field by one. Ravi has had a long season, with its ups and downs, but was able to put it all together at The Golf Away Tours Open to bring home some hardware. Alone, in second, Michael Alcott (Toronto, ON) would post an excellent score of 86, marking his first top-three finish of the season. Rounding out the top three, Bruno Rukavina (Toronto, ON) would finish his day with a score of 88. In the B-Flight's  Myrtle Beach Order of Merit, Bob Chapman remains in top spot, with 676.3 points. In second place, Andrew Itwaru has 421.3 points and, maintaining his position in the top three, Don Laking has 415.8.
In the C-Flight, the players also decided that a playoff would be required, as Steve Roberts (Clarksburg, ON) and Rick Jones (Whitby, ON) found themselves tied with rounds of 93. The sudden death playoff would head to the par three 18th hole. It would only take one hole to decide a winner as Steve would celebrate his first win of the 2015 season. Card matching was required to determine the third and final place as two players, Franco Aceto (Woodbridge, ON) and Carl Thompson (Newmarket, ON) found themselves tied with matching scores of 94. Matching their back nine scores would solve nothing, however, when matching the final six holes, Franco would come out on top to take home third place. 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.
Standing After Three Events Played
Craig Conroy       142.5 pts
Robin Hutchins  180.0 pts
Ravi Ragbeer    110.0 pts
Josh Silverman  170.0 pts
Shea Varty          140.0 pts
Tom Champion  140.0 pts
Brad Golden      110.0 pts
Sandy Zajac      160.0 pts
Ryan Taylor         137.5 pts
Martin Gorman  100.0 pts
Bob Chapman   110.0 pts
Franco Aceto     130.0 pts
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 Carl Thompson, with a net 71 and Doug McNeil, 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 eighteenth 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 Peter Rhodes, winning a dozen TaylorMade golf balls. The winner 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, was John Baty. 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 Brian Provencal.
Click here to view  THE RESULTS from today's event the The Golf Away Tours Openplayed at Osprey Valley Golf, Heathlands Course. Also, to see all the actions from the event check out these great PICTURES and 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!!
The GTA AM Tour's next event is only a mere day away when they play The Battle at the Briars on Wednesday September 16th at yet-another private golf club The Tour has the privilege of playing , The Briars Golf Club.

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