No. 23: "It's Over"
“Its Over” Part One
We still have a beautiful month ahead of us with those warm Indian summer days to enjoy. As I look back our season got off to a bit of slow start with a very late season snow, but once that disappeared our superintendents worked their magic and we were off and running.
The Senior Invitationals presented by the many clubs across our province require a great deal of preparation and hard work all done by volunteers who are very proud of the great clubs they belong to names like Dan Lovell at Essex, Dennis Murphy at Pointe West, Bob Young and Gary Lukassen at Weston, Bob Gillispie from Scarboro, Thomas Nederpel from Dundas Valley, and John Macdonald from Brantford. These are only a few of the wonderful volunteers that make our season great fun and in many cases support some great charities.
Rick Durocher shot 73 at Beach Grove and Marty Quincey was 69 at Islington to become our first champions on May 28th. On June 4th at Essex Paul Neilson won in the first playoff of the season over Jon Zdonek both shot 73 that day.
Jon Zdonek continued his good play winning at Point West the following week on June 11th. John Murphy was also a winner that week at Borden shooting 72 . Steve Stanhick was the winner at Kawartha on June 18th with a great score of 70. Kawartha played host to the GAO Senior championship in 2015 where Michael Jackson won.
Saugeen were hosts on June 21st with scores of 75 ,Ian Penney and Steve Irving were both recognized for their fine play. Chris Dowd’s score of 72 took home the championship at Highlands on June 28th.
The Ontario Mens Amateur was held at St. Thomas this year the week after the Seniors took on this great course Jeff Grieve bested the field with 73 on July 5th. The annual two day London Hunt Invitational was held July 9th & 10th and I know they were proud to have Jim Morton as their champion with a great score of 142. Jim has won here before and has the honour of being the top Ontario Senior Amateur at Loyalist in 2011. Jim continues to play great golf and is one of those guys that never gets old.
Weston is one of the nicest places to visit and were great hosts again this year on July 9th. Hockey star Bob Lorimer shot 76 to best a very good field.
Scarboro dodged the storms on July 16th and on this hot humid day , John Husband and Marty Quincy decide the winner on the first extra hole, John won the playoff. They both shot great scores of 70 in regulation play.
Peterborough weren’t as lucky on July 16th and had to deal with a couple of storms but in the end got it in and Byron Fife’s 69 was the best on this day.
Dundas Valley has a very unique tournament with teams of two play 3 different 6 hole formats: Better Ball, Modified alternate shot, and Scramble all great fun. Bill Simmons and Rod Dench won in a 3 team shootout having shot 69 along with two other teams.
Cutten Fields, I have been told have decided to discontinue their Senior Invitational in 2019. Located in Guelph and one of Stanley Thompsons finest designs – Pat Morris shot 73 to win the 2018 invitational. On the same day July 30th at Blackhorse Resort where unique prizes of cases of meat are awarded to the winners, Norm Bradshaw took home the beef shooting 70, “Norm I bet it was good.”
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