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May 2014 St Clair Event Results

One down and 3 to go!  Our 1st 2014 annual event, held at St. Clair Parkway is in the books.  The prior weather had created a wet golf course and lift, clean, and place was in effect.  The day of play was a nice day for golf and that did help.  Unfortunately, even the driving range was closed due to conditions.  However, the event was played, even with a few  late cancellations (more on this later).
The scoring results are stated below and are as follows:
1st Low Gross – Grant Gulych with a total of 33 points
2nd Low Gross – Dennis Babcock with a total of 30 points
3rd Low Gross – A tie between Charlie Henry and Bob Richardson with a total of 29 points

1st Low Net – Don Smith with a net score of 35.5
2nd Low Net – Brent Davies with a net score of 34.5
3rd Low Net – Jim Helmke with a net score of 33.0
4th Low Net – A tie between Jack Black and Michael Hunter with net scores of 32

Skin winners were:

Hole #1 Jack Black
Hole #2 Jeremie Lopez
Hole #3 Chris Boka
Hole #4 Ken Burke
Hole #12 Brent Davies
Hole #13 Michael Hunter
Hole #15 Jeremie Lopez

Congratulations to all our winners!

June 2014 Pine Knot Event Results

Well that is more like it!  Our last event at Pine Knot, just east of London, proved to be a success with 19 participants.  It was nice to have some of our eastern Ontario players involved – thanks for participating.  The weather was just fine and some sparkling golf was played.

Special congratulations go out to Grant Gulych for a fine 1 over par on the front nine with a 2 under par back nine (highlighted by an eagle on the 14th) for a great 1 under par total for the 18 holes.

1st Low Gross – Grant Gulych with a total of 37 points
2nd Low Gross – Brent Davies with a total of 34 points
3rd Low Gross – Jeremie Lopez with a total of 31 points

1st Low Net – Rob Ruley with a net score of 37.5
2nd Low Net – Rick Wilson with a net score of 37.0
3rd Low Net – was a tie between Michael Hunter & Jim Jenkinson with net scores of 36

Skin winners were:

Hole #1 Jeremie Lopez
Hole #6 Rick Wilson
Hole #11 Rob Ruley
Hole #14 Grant Gulych
Hole #18 John Goodman

Congratulations to all our winners!

August 2014 Gateway Event Results

Due to all the rain the day of the event, golf was canceled for the day making this the first time that an event was not held in Michigan. All players who showed up to the event were given Kelly Cup a participation point.  The next event is the season finale Kelly Cup being held in London, Ontario at Greenhills Golf and Country Club.

2014 Kelly Cup Results

Down by a point going into the final day of the 11th Annual Kelly Cup, the Ontario side came out of the blocks quickly and decisively to capture their 3rd consecutive Cup in London, Ontario 17 ½ – 10 ½.

The matches, which were originally scheduled for Greenhills Golf & Country Club, had to be moved from the rain-soaked course to two new venues due to a 5” rainstorm the day before the event.  “In my mind”, said Ontario Captain Vito Cisternino, “the real hero of this event, is Grant Gulych, who was on the phone immediately upon learning the course was closed trying to secure a suitable course or courses, while players were already en route to London.”


Day 1 matches (Nine holes of Four-ball or best ball followed by 9 holes of Foursomes or alternate shot) were held at nearby Echo Valley.  Day 2 matches (Nine holes of individual Stableford followed by 9 holes of individual match play) were moved to Forest City National.

The Michigan side got off to a nice start winning Day 1,  5 ½ – 4 ½ but, led by Captain Vito Cisternino (Woodbridge), Ontario won its first three matches on Day 2 and  never looked back.

Top point getters for Ontario were Grant Gulych (St. Thomas, Ont.) and George Harris (London, Ont.) with 3 ½ points each and Bob Richardson (Keswick, Ont.) with 3 points.  For Michigan, Don Smith (Hartland, Mich.) was the top point getter for Michigan with 3 points.

The rest of the winning side was:  Dennis Babcock (Chatham, Ont.), Rick Wilson (St. Thomas, Ont.), Michael Hunter (St.Thomas, Ont), Dave DiNicolo (Toronto, Ont.), Paul Kelly (Uxbridge, Ont.), and John Goodman (Dundas, Ont.).

The US side included: Captain Jeremie Lopez (Belleville, Mich.), Charles Henry (Caseville, Mich.), Brent Davies (Clarkston, Mich.), Mike Terrill (Bad Axe, Mich.), Jack Black (Westland, Mich.), Chris Boka (Canton, Mich.), Ken Burk (Capac, Mich.), Joel Michaels (Southfield, Mich.), and Rob Ruley (Holland, Ohio)

At the team dinner, the Andrew G. Carrigan Order of Merit awards were presented to Vito Cisternino, Chris Boka, and Paul Kelly.

The Kelly Cup matches have been played in honor of tour member, Thomas Kelly, who died suddenly on the golf course “with the fellas” in 2003.  In 2009, the tour awarded a $1,400 scholarship to the Kelly grandchildren for their college education. Both of the younger Kelly’s are honor roll students. Thomas was very active in teaching golf to underprivileged kids in metro Detroit and was a very proud of his USGTF membership. His USGTF bag tag was prominently displayed from his casket at his funeral.  His widow, Barbara, still lives adjoining the 10th hole at Gateway GC in Romulus, Mich.  A memorial stone is still displayed at Gateway, commemorating Thomas’s contribution to junior golf.

The 2015 matches will return to Michigan at a yet-to-be-determined site.  Brent Davies will Captain the US side while Bob Richardson will lead the Ontario side.  Best wishes to our new Captains for next year’s event.