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May 2015 Devils Ridge Event Results

Well, our first event of the 2015 season is in the books. We all enjoyed a nice, warm, 80+ degree day. Congratulations to Jeremie Lopez and Dennis Babcock for finishing 1st & 2nd low gross respectively and to all the other participants who cashed, won skins, or just competed honorably.

Results for ALL winners are shown below.


1st Low Gross – Jeremie Lopez with a total of 38 points
2nd Low Gross – Dennis Babcock with a total of 35 points
3rd Low Gross – Charlie Henry with a total of 32 points

1st Low Net – Bob Richardson with a net score of 40.5 (Gross points 33)
2nd Low Net – Joel Michaels with a net score of 40 (Gross points 32)
3rd Low Net – was a tie between Brent Davies and & Don Smith with net scores of 38.5 (Gross
points 34 and 32 respectively)

Skin winners were:
Hole #1 Dennis Babcock
Hole #5 Bob Richardson
Hole #11 Jeremie Lopez (eagle)
Hole #13 Charlie Henry (eagle)
Hole #14 Paul Chappel
Hole #15 Mike Terrill
Hole #17 Mike Terrill (eagle)

June 2015 Greenhills Event Results

It was a grey and wet day at Greenhills but the second event of the season almost finished. Due to the amount of rain some groups only finished 15 holes so the event  was based on that number of holes. The players liked the course and the speed of the greens and found the layout fair.

Congratulations to Grant Gulych and Bob Richardson who finished 1st and 2nd low gross. There were also a few new players in the money as well.

Results for all the winners are shown below

Greenhills Results (based on 15 holes)

1st Low Gross- Grant Gulych, total 31 points
2ndLow Gross- Bob Richardson, total 28 points
3rd Low Gross- Dennis Babcock, total 27 points

1st Low Net- George Harris, Net score 35 points
2ndLow Net- Jim Helmke, Net score 30.5 points
3rd Low Net- Paul Kelly, Net score 30 points
4th Low Net- Ties Rick Wilson & Carl Abel, 29 points

Skins winners were:
Hole #3-   Michael Hunter
Hole #4-   Grant Gulych
Hole #5-   George Harris
Hole #7-   Rick Wilson
Hole #13- Wayne McGrath
Hole #14- Grant Gulych

July 2015 Verona Hills Event Results

Special congratulations to Brett McBride, low gross winner, for a great round of sub-par golf. Brett got off to a great start with an eagle on the first hole – doesn’t get much better than that!

Also, congratulations to all the other winners who played some very fine golf on a really nice day.
It should also be mentioned that it was great to see the welcomed return of Jack Black to the winners circle after his recuperation – a place with which he is very familiar. Well done Jack!

Further, a big welcome to all our new participants – seems like a number of them cashed in!

1st Low Gross – Brett McBride -total of 38 points
2nd Low Gross Tie – Drew Brining – total of 34 points
2nd Low Gross Tie – Tim Hallwood – total of 34 points
4th Low Gross – Brent Davies- total of 32 points

1st Low Net – Chris Boka- net score of 42.5 points
2nd Low Net – Jack Black- net score of 38.5 points
3rd Low Net – Paul Chappel- net score of 37 points
4th Low Net Tie – Tie, Mike Bogan-net score of 36 points
4th Low Net Tie – Tie, Bob Buckley-net score of 36 points

Skin winners were:
Hole #1 – Brett McBride (Eagle)
Hole #5 – Jack Black
Hole #8 – Brett McBride
Hole #9 – Mike Brogan
Hole #13 – George Harris
Hole #18 – Tim Hallwood

August 2015 Tarandowah Event Results

It was a very hot and humid day at Tarandowah for the event and odd to have a slight breeze when the course is known for heavy winds. Grant Gulych, low gross winner, for a round of sub-par golf. Grant torched the course for 6 birdies on the day!

It has to be said that the entire field played well as some players had never seen the course before. The phrase of the day was “Stay out of the Fescue”

Also, congratulations to all the other winners who played some great golf on such a challenging course.

1st Low Gross – Grant Gulych -total of 37 points
2nd Low Gross – Pete Willems – total of 29 points
3rd Low Gross – Brent Davies – total of 28 points

1st Low Net – Paul Kelly- net score of 41.5 points
2nd Low Net – Jim Helmke- net score of 40.5 points
3rd Low Net – Vito Cisternino- net score of 36.5 points
4th Low Net –  Michael Hunter-net score of 36 points

Skin winners were:
Hole #3 – Dennis Babcock
Hole #4 – Ron Christner
Hole #7 – Pete Willems
Hole #8 – Grant Gulych
Hole #9 – Grant Gulych
Hole #10 – Grant Gulych
Hole #12 – Grant Gulych
Hole #14 – Grant Gulych

2015 Kelly Cup Results

Clarkston, Mich. Team Michigan jumped out to a first day lead, then held off a Canadian charge on Day Two to bring the Kelly Cup back to the United States in the 12th annual competition. Team Ontario had held the Cup for two years. Team Michigan leads the 12 year old series 7 – 5.

The 10-member Michigan squad surged to a 7-3 lead at the extremely tough but well-conditioned Shepherd’s Hollow Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan. Their first-day success came from the strong play of three Kelly Cup “rookies.” Paul Chappel (Cass City, Mich.) and Tim Hallwood (Bad Axe, Mich.) put the U.S. on the board with its first point in the morning round. Brett McBride (Pigeon, Mich.), teamed with tour veteran Charlie Henry (Caseville, Mich.), earned the second point of the matches. It was a lead Team Michigan never relinquished. Both Chappel and McBride had been Michigan/Ontario Golf Teachers Tour players in past years but this was their first Kelly Cup. Chappel carded four birdies in his 9-hole Four-ball match and McBride had his own birdie explosion. “I might have helped on one or two holes” said McBride’s partner and former high school golf coach, Charlie Henry. “I just watched in amazement at the shot-making Brett displayed that morning. I think he birdied three straight holes to win the match 5 & 4,” said Henry.

The tournament format on Day 1 was 9 holes of Four-ball or Best Ball followed by 9 holes of Foursomes or Alternate Shot. Day 2 matches were 9 holes of individual Stableford followed by 9 holes of individual Match Play.
According to Michigan Captain Brent Davies (Clarkston, Mich.), two other Kelly Cup rookies also scored points on Day 2 of the matches. They were Bob Buckley (Port Austin, Mich.) and Mason Richardson (Shelby Twp, Mich.). Davies said “all of our guys hung in there and played hard. Five of the final six matches came down to the last hole.” The final tally was USA 15 ½ – Canada 14 ½.
Other notable play on Day 2 was a 2-under par round by Henry and a 1-under par performance by Grant Gulych (St. Thomas, Ont.) in the Stableford format.

The other members of Team Michigan were: Jeremie Lopez (Champions Gate, Fla.), Jack Black (Canton, Mich.), Jim Helmke (Highland, Mich.), Chris Boka (Canton, Mich.), and Rob Ruley (Toledo, Ohio).

Top point-getters for the US team were Charles Henry, 4 points; Brett McBride and Rob Ruley, 3 ½ points; and Jack Black, 2 points.

Team Ontario Captain, Bob Richardson (Keswick, Ont) added, “I was happy with the fight the team showed on Day 2 on a very challenging golf course. While we came up a little short the event was terrific and the fellowship exhibited by both teams makes the Kelly Cup a very special event. “
Other members of Team Ontario were: Dennis Babcock (Chatham, Ont), Vito Cisternino (Woodbridge, Ont), Michael Hunter (St. Thomas, Ont), Carl Abel (Essex, Ont), George Harris (London, Ont), Paul Kelly (Uxbridge, Ont), Wayne McGrath (Oakville, Ont), and Cesare Sisti (Maple, Ont).

Top point getters for Team Ontario were: Vito Cisternino, 3 ½ points; George Harris, 2 ½ points, Paul Kelly, Carl Abel, and Captain Richardson, 2 points each.

Another highlight of the Kelly Cup was Dennis Babcock’s Hole-in-One on Hole #24 during the Match Play competition. Babcock used an 8 iron on the 150 yard par 3 hole. It was the 6th ace of his career.