Tournament of Champions Showcases Amateur Golf


Amateur Hour: PGA of Ontario ‘Tournament of Champions’ showcases the provinces crop of skilled amateur golfers.

May 9, 2016

PGA of Ontario professionals from across the province gathered today armed with their male and female club champions to go toe to toe in the Tournament of Champions best-ball championship. After 10 years playing at Rattlesnake Point GC, the PGA of Ontario changed venues and The Country Club exceeded expectations. The Tournament of Champions has notoriously been a great early season event that turns some of the best amateur golfers in the province against each other all vying for top spot.

After a three year hiatus, Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club returned to the winners circle. Led by Head Professional Chris McNair, he and his club champions Christian McCullough and Sonia Naginas were hot out of the gate recording three birdies in their first four holes.  Through their next 10 holes the trio only recorded one birdie and thought that they had cooled off.  It wasn’t until McNair birdied on their fourth to last hole that the spark was reignited.  McCullough caught fire on their final three holes recording two back to back birds and narrowly missing the third.  Finishing at 6-under 65, the Meadowbrook team bested the teams from Cedar Brae GC (Justin O’Leary, Joey Kremer, and Julia Champion) by only one shot.  Teams from Kawartha Golf & CC, Devil’s Pulpit, and Barrie Country Club rounded out the top five on The Country Club’s east course.

Over on the west course things weren’t as close.  Deer Ridge Golf Club, captained by Head Teaching Professional James Skrypec, dominated the team format finishing the day at 7-under 64 clearing the next best team from Victoria Park Golf Club East (Jason Pembleton, Devan Jobb, and Lori Bishenden) by three.  “I didn’t really have to do much to contribute today,” Skrypec laughed after the round, “Diane (Higgins) and Josh (Hunke) took over and I just got to watch them make shots.”  As the saying goes, good things happen in threes, and six of their nine birdies came in three holes bunches on their way to the clubs first ever win at the Tournament of Champions.  The rest of the top five on the west course was filled out by teams from York Downs Golf & CC, Summit Golf & CC, and Blue Springs Golf Club. 

For a full breakdown of scores and to view scorecards from the event CLICK HERE

For more information please contact:

Devon Smith
PGA of Ontario
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