May 2017 St. Clair Parkway Event Results
We got it in—barely. Twenty one battle-tested mudders, dug out their rain gloves, bucket hats, rain pants and jackets and survived the 1st MOGTT event of the season.
The first 3-4 groups of the day dealt with a a bit of rain early but were able to ditch the raingear for the last few holes. The final groups weren’t so lucky and had to survive a monsoon on the final hole. Moments later the course became unplayable with standing water.
Tournament director, Grant Gulych, was the big winner of the day carding the lowest score (37 points or 1 under par) and winning 3 skins. Brett McBride was runner-up with a fine even par round of 36 points and an eagle skin on the last hole.
The most dramatic skin and all and nearly all of the clubhouse talk, was had by tour veteran, Jack Black, who aced the par 3, 2nd hole from approximatley 140 yards. It was his 2nd on our tour and his 7th overall. Nice job, Jack. Jack also walked off with low net honors and a fine 33 point, 3 over par round.
Other winners were: Tim Hallwood, 3rd place low gross, 31 points; Vito Cisternino, 2nd place low net; Dennis Babcock, 3rd place, 32 points/39.5 net points; Jack Deming, 4th low net, 28 points/38 net points.
June 2017 Solitude Lakes Event Results
Summer finally returned to the Michigan/Ontario region with temperatures in the upper 80s and high humidity. Twenty two guys traded in their rain gear from the May event for brimmed hats, sunblock, extra deodorant, and shorts.
The temps didn’t seem to bother Grant Gulych or Brett McBride as they posted an even par (36 points) and one over par round (35 points) respectively. They each managed to win a skin too…#15 for Grant and #6 for Brett.
Other winners were: Jeremie Lopez, 3rd place low gross, 28 points; On the net side, Charlie Henry posted 34 gross points and 39.5 net points for 1st low net; 2nd place low net went to Chris Boka with 25 gross & 38 net points; Dennis Babcock was 3rd place, with 31 gross & 36 net points; Brent Davies posted 30 gross points & 35 net points for 4th low net.
Other skin winners were: Don Schinkai, #3; Brent Davies, #4; Joe Janosky, #12 (eagle); Jeremie Lopez, #17(eagle); Chris Boka, #18
Kudos to Brett McBride for a fine job as Tournament Director of the Solitude Links event.
July 2017 Tarandowah Event Results
Eight guys from Michigan made the trip to Tarandowah Links, east of London and joined 8 players from Ontario for a wind-blown round earlier this month.
Brett McBride (Pigeon, Mich) posted the winning score (34 points–2 over par) with Grant Gulych 2nd at 31 points–5 over. Brett picked up a skin on # 9, while Grant finished strong by carding 3 skins in the closing holes at #15, 16 & 18. Other skin winners were Chris Boka #3, Jack Black # 4, Joe Janosky #7, and George Harris #14.
Other prize money winners were: Vito Cisternino—3rd low gross 25 points ( +11); Joe Janosky was the low net winner —35.5 net points (28 actual points); 2nd low net went to George Harris…34.5 net points; 3rd low net Dennis Babcok…32.5 net points; 4th low net was won by Michael Hunter 32 net points (23 actual)
August 2017 Lake Forest Event Results
What a turnout. Twenty five players teed it up in Ann Arbor for the final regular season event of 2017. The event, which preceded the USGTF’s Central Region Championship on the same track, was one of the best attended events in many years. Players came from Kentucky, Cincinnatti, and Toronto to enjoy the camaraderie and competion.
Brett McBride (Pigeon, Mich) posted the winning score (40 points—4 under par) with Matt Smith (Columbus, Ohio) finishing a strong 2nd at even par, 36 points)
Vito Cisternino (Woodbridge, Ont) was next at 33 points but was awarded the top net prize by tour rules….with 41 net points. Grant Gulych (St. Thomas, Ont) received the 3rd low gross prize at 32 points. Jack Deming (Hudsonville, Mich) had the 4th best score of the day at 31 gross points but tied with Vito for 1st low net. Three players tied at 4th low gross with 30 points…..6 over par….Dennis Babcock (Chatham, Ont), Jeremie Lopez (Champion Gates, Fla), and Daniel Estevan (Toronto area). George Harris (London, Ont) and Chris Boka (Canton, Mich) tied for 3rd place low net with 37.5 points. Rounding out the scoring in a tie for 5th low net were Jim Peters (Newport, KY) Joe Janosky (Royal Oak, Mich), and Bob Richardson (Keswick, Ont)
2017 Kelly Cup Results
Team Ontario came storming back after trailing Team Michigan by two points to take the Kelly Cup by a score of 13-11 at Solitude Links in Kimball, Michigan (near Port huron), this past September.
The comeback victory kept the U.S. Side from winning the only 3 peat in Kelly Cup history. Team Ontario rode a 10-6 day two performance to victory after trailing 5-3 the first day.
Team Ontario was led by the fine play of it’s captain Dennis Babcock (Chatham), who won 3 1/2 points out of 4. George Harris (London) was also im pressive, winning 3 points. Other top point getters for Ontario were veterans Bob Richardson (Keswick) and Paul Kelly (Uxbridge) with 2 1/2 points each. Grant Gulych (St Thomas) tallied 2 points. Other members of the winning side were Paul Duncan (mount Albert), Michael Hunter (St Thomas) and Cesare Sisti (Maple). Michigan was captained by Brett McBride (Pigeon). His top point getter was Jack Black (Canton). Who won all 4 of his matches. Chris Boka , also from Canton won three of his four matches, while Jack Deming (Hudsonville) won 2 1/2 points.
“We couldn’t ask for better weather”, said McBride. “Team USA tried hard and gave it our all, but only a few matches decided the final outcome. Congrats to the Canadians.”
Day one matches were nine holes of four-ball, followed by nie holes foursomes. Day two matches were nine holes individual stableford followed by nine holes of individual match play.
The other members of Team Michigan were Tim Hallwood (Bad Axe), Charlie Henry (Caseville), Jeremie Lopez (Champions Gate, Florida) and Mike terrill (Bad Axe).