Doig wins playoff to retain Seniors Championship


Doig wins playoff to retain Seniors Championship
August 16, 2016
The PGA of Ontario was at Chedoke Civic Golf Course this week for the 2016 PGA of Ontario Seniors Championship.  The festivities kicked off on Sunday for the inaugural Golf Historical Society of Canada Hickory ProAm.  Members of the GHSC teamed up with a PGA of Ontario professional and played a nine hole scramble using a traditional set of hickory clubs.  PGA of Ontario Professional Ian Clarke and his team fired an impressive 5-under to take top spot, after the awards ceremony Clarke said, "I think it's important as an industry to gain some perspective and understand where we have come from, an event like this is perfect for Professionals to appreciate the history.  It's a lot more fun than you would think playing with the old clubs and as this event grows we can bring a little bit of the game back to the game."
The 2016 Seniors Championship started on Monday.  David Banks got off to an early lead making an eagle on the fifth hole and made the turn at 2-under, he drew even on the back side but was the early leader in the Clubhouse.  Defending Champion Ian Doig matched Banks however, carding three birdies on each side and was good enough to come into the Clubhouse with a share of the lead.  That was until Bob Beauchemin finished his round.  The 62 year old Oakdale Golf Academy Head Teaching Professional is always a threat when he tees it up, and with five birdies and a couple of bogeys Beauchemin managed to snag top spot heading into the second day with a 3-under 67.
Day Two of the 2016 Seniors Championship saw the skies open up and it left Chedoke Civic Golf Course, which is nestled into the side of the Hamilton escarpment, struggling to drain.  The PGA of Ontario Tournament Committee decided to trim the completion to 27-holes and after a lengthy rain delay sent the players out to finish the Championship.  When all was said and done there was a logjam at the top of the field as five players were tied at 2-under after 27 holes.  Ian Doig, David Banks, Gar Hamilton, Jim Farrelly, and David Wettlaufer all headed back to the first tee for a sudden death playoff to finally decide a champion, or rather, a defending champion.  Ian Doig made it through the gauntlet of a five-man playoff and retained his title on the third playoff hole, after a near hole-in-one on the 176 yard par-3.  Doig altered his strategy when the second round was cut in half this morning due to weather, "To be honest I kind of panicked.  I knew I had eighteen holes to pass Bob (Beauchemin) and then that was suddenly cut in half.  I was very aggressive right away and then made birdie on my last hole to sneak into the playoff."  The five-man playoff was cut to four on the first hole and then after the second there were only Banks and Doig left standing.  Once Doig landed his ball next to the pin it was all but over. 
For Full Results from the PGA of Ontario Seniors Championship CLICK HERE
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