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SeniorRyderCup - The Manual

2016 Championship at St. Catharines

St. Catharines

St. Catharines

Art Stead with the new Arthur Stead Trophy he donated to the SRC Championship

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the 2016 SRC Championship



On Monday September 19, the 2016 SRC Championship was held at the challenging St. Catharines Golf and Country Club.

Home cooking is always the best as the home team of Captain Larry Hevenor, Gary Polegato, Scott Freeman, Doug Foxton, Andy Artinian, Eric Borrows, Brian White and Les Westlake emerged victorious winning 20 of the possible 24 points in the two man better ball event.

They were hotly pursued by a tightly bunched group of very competitive clubs. Their scores were: Trafalgar and Oshawa 17, Lookout Point 16, London Hunt and Sarnia 15, Brantford and Twenty Valley 14, Sunningdale and Kingsville 13, River Oaks and The Briars 10, Saugeen 8, St. Mary's 5 and Cutten Fields 4. There were also only two team skins of $320 each awarded to Rob Grinton and Steve Davey of Brantford who eagled number eight with a 3 and Joe Spiler and Ian Penney of Lookout Point with an eagle 3 on the tenth hole.

A warm fall day successfully concluded a long hot summer filled with 304 matches among the 76 competing clubs -- then a playoff at Dundas Valley and finally a champion was declared at this beautiful venue.

The competitors were treated to a hearty breakfast buffet before golf, hors d'oeuvres afterwards, combined with beer tasting sponsored by MacLean's Ales, wine by Jackson-Triggs at the sumptuous meal of beef tenderloin with all the trimmings.  Each winning team member received a handsome Callaway golf bag.  As a momento of the day, Callaway also provided a splendid driver head cover to each competitor.

A very special thanks should go to our overall sponsor Plentai-Lewis who always make the Championship Day such a success. St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, Head Golf Professional Cameron Thin, Catering Manager Meaghan Walker and their staffs are to be thanked for being such gracious hosts to a group of senior golfers who came from all over southern Ontario and New York state.

As well, the SRC Executive team led by President Gary Bartlett, and the Games Committee, worked countless hours to make the day happen.  And we thank all 76 team captains who toiled diligently to get their teams to the matches.  We wish them good luck next year when the final will be held at the Scarboro Golf Club.  (Photos will be posted soon.)

Playoff for 2016

The teams to compete in the September 6th playoff at Dundas Valley have been identified. The seven (7) division winners with the least number of points and the 2nd place team with the most points qualified. The teams are Wyndance, Twenty Valley, Mill Run (tie breaker), Trafalgar, Devil's Pulpi, Willowdell, Sunningdale and Brampton (2nd place team). They will compete in a Better Ball format and three (3) teams will join the other Division winners at St. Catharines on September 19th.


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Meeting Schedule for 2016

The spring Board meeting will be @ Dundas Valley April 21 @ 10am.


The spring general meeting for all captains will be @ Dundas Valley April 26 @ 11am. All new captains are asked to come for a 10:30 induction with the Executive.
We appreciate the cooperation of all captains as the Match schedules have been completed and are posted!
Expansion for 2016
The North Region will expand with 4 additional teams this coming season!
St. Mary's Golf Club will join Division F and Legacy Ridge will be part of Division J along with new teams from Midland, Shanty Bay near Barrie and Tangle Creek in Thorton. This brings our total number of Clubs participating to 76. 


Ian Penney drained a dramatic 25 foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to clinch the 2015 SRC Championship for Lookout Point.  Their Captain Doug Piett, had predicted a Penney playoff win in an earlier conversation with this writer.

Both clubs, Lookout Point and Hunter's Pointe, had tied at 20 points each after sixteen clubs battled at the Thornhill Golf Club on Monday, August 31st to determine a champion.  Two players from each team, a regular senior and a super senior played sudden victory for two holes; Ian Penney, Woody McKaig (SS), from Lookout Point and Sandy Billyard and Larry Anderson (SS) from Hunter`s Pointe.  The two holes played were the first and eighteenth.  On the first hole all had par fours.  The beautiful downhill eighteenth had three players hitting the fairway with their drives while Larry was in deep rough, which resulted in a bad second shot taking him out of the hole.  The remaining three players wedged to the green - all with various length putts.  Sandy`s 35 foot downhill putt just slipped by the hole on his birdie attempt before Ian`s putt ended the playoff. Woody's 15 footer was not needed.  A tie would have resulted in a 100 yard closest to the pin shootout to determine the winner.

Winning team members were Captain Doug Piett, Ian Penney, Joe Spiler, Frank Mortensen, Tim Stewart, Jim Langill, Des Brady and Woody McKaig (SS). Alternates who contributed during the matches were Ray Gagnon and Nick Markovich.

This was the first championship playoff in fifteen years.  Except for the two top teams who had separated themselves from the others, there was a large grouping of no less than seven teams at 14 or 13 points.  I`m sure each team had a strong story or reason why they were unable to punch into the playoff.

On a perfect day that was hot, humid and sticky with a tiny breeze saw all the division winners assembled to play a Two Man Better Ball match play format to find this year`s winning team.  Clubs came from as far away as Kingsville, London, Owen Sound, Southampton and our American division winner from the Niagara Falls Country Club in New York State.

The other teams with their scores were North Halton and Brampton 14, Bayview, Oshawa, Saugeen, St.Thomas, and Sunningdale 13, Highland and Thornhill 11, Kingsville 10, Legacy Ridge and Niagara Falls 9, Whitevale 8, and Whistle Bear 1.  There was a $10,000 hole-in-one prize on the tenth hole and one player, Frank Scobel from Hunter's Pointe hit the pin, his ball landing a mere two inches from the hole before rolling eight feet away. 

Again the SRC Executive on behalf of all member clubs would sincerely like to thank the Thornhill Golf & Country Club, Michael Chadsey, GM, Anna Bonis, Catering Manager, Tim Ayoitis, Chef, Todd McGrath, Director of Golf, their staff and especially Greg Finkle, the Captain who made it all happen.  Next year`s SRC Championship will be hosted by St. Catharines.


Meeting Schedule 2015

Fall Executive Meeting --Tuesday, September 22 @ Dundas Valley @ 10 am

Fall General Meeting --Tuesday, October 6 @ Dundas Valley @ 11 am.

Major Sponsorship

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have a major commitment for a 3 year sponsorship mainly due to the efforts of one of Founders, Art Stead.

Plentai-Lewis Wealth Management of St.Catharines and the National Bank of Canada have stepped up to be the Title Sponsor of the SRC for the next 3 years.


Expansion for 2015

We have an expansion in our Northern Region. Four new clubs have been accepted into the SRC with the help of Ken Dunlop from Saugeen. Shelburne GC will join 3 of the existing teams , Black horse, Listowel and Legacy Ridge in Division E and Saugeen will become part of Division F with new clubs Harbour View, Settler's Ghost and The Briars. The west Region will become Division G. 

New teams for 2015

Two Clubs have joined the SRC for the 2015 season to replace Cedarbrae and Springville who have temporarily stepped aside for next year. Whitevale in Pickering will joined the Dave Smith division in the Central region and Niagara Falls CC in New York has returned to join the Alan Shaw division in the Niagara region.


On a cool cloudy and very windy Thursday, September 18th, the team from Twenty Valley earned 19 points to win their first SRC Championship at the Riverbend Club in London.  The winning 8 man team were Mike Baines, Mike Persia, Mike Soucie, Tom Nichols, Mark Hunermund, Dave Stringer and Super Seniors Bill Hughson and Mike Lipischak.

This Championship was one of the closest ever as many teams were tightly bunched behind the winner and a single match difference could have changed the results.  Lookout Point was second with 17 points, North Halton 16, London Hunt 15, Riverbend shared 13 points with Devil's Pulpit and Saugeen, while Summit, Craigowan, Deer Ridge and Bridgewater had 12 each, followed by Niagara Frontier with 8 and Kingsville with 3.

Riverbend and their staff, Simon Bevan, General Manager, Marty Weber, Golf Professional, Kevin Collier, Course Superintendent, Jackie Bell-Jones, Food & Beverage Manager, Peter Saxon and his many volunteers, all combined to make this one of the most best events we have had.  We also want to especially thank Wally Berseth, a Riverbend member and SRC director for his dedication and perseverance working with the Championship committee to make this day a success.

Additionally Lexus sponsored the breakfast, the Callaway bags for the winning team and also offered a car for a hole-in-one on the par 3 number eight.

Next year the Championship will be held at Toronto's Thornhill Golf and Country Club on August 31st.  On behalf of the SRC Executive we thank all the 60 participating clubs, their 480 team players and numerous alternates who competed in 240 matches, plus playoffs this unseasonably wet summer.  (Championship pictures will be posted later.)


 On Thursday August 21, four clubs, Summit, Craigowan, Rattlesnake, and Highland, played off at Dundas Valley in some hard fought matches to see which two would advance to the SRC Championship. Summit and Craigowan with 14 points each will move on defeating Rattlesnake with 12 and Highland with 8.  These clubs were the four lowest division winners with Rattlesnake 61, Highland 59, Craigowan 58, and Summit with 58 points respectively. Gary Bartlett and Tom Nederpel along with the Dundas pro staff organized  the playoff.

The other division winners are: Lookout Point 63, Twenty Valley 64, Bridgewater 66, Niagara Frontier 63, Devil's Pulpit an eye opening 81, London Hunt 63, North Halton 68, Wyldewood 63, Deer Ridge 73, Saugeen 71 and Kingsville 62.

All clubs will compete on Thursday September 18 at the picturesque Riverbend club in London to determine the 2014 SRC Champion. The draw has been completed and all captains will be receiving the pertinent information for the day to pass on to their players. Good Luck to all teams and let's hope that Mother Nature co-operates.

Championship Day Qualifiers

The list of qualifying teams for the September 18 Championship Day at Riverbend has been started! Kingsville became the first to qualify followed closely by Craigowan and Wyldewood. A lot of close division races are pending final matches to determine finalists. The 4 low point division winners will be in a playoff at Dundas Valley August 21.


Gary Bartlett (Dundas) has stepped up from Vice President to take over as President of the Senior Ryder Cup from Reg Finlayson (North Halton) who held the position for the last three years.  Bill Kerr (Brampton) and Rex Smith (Rockway Glen) resigned after many years on the Executive.  With 60 clubs and a new Regional format being introduced this year, it has created plenty of extra planning and organization.

New on the Executive are Tom Nederpel (Dundas) and Gene Gordon (Highland) who have taken on the important positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  Phil Obendorf (Brampton) and Joe Hamley (Deer Ridge) are the new Directors.  Wally Berseth (River Bend) will become Vice President.  Brian Butler (Summit), John Tattersall (River Oaks), and Tom Quarantillo (Sparrow Lakes) remain on the Executive.

All are eagerly anticipating the new SRC competitive season which of course culminates with the division winners playing for the Championship this year at River Bend.



With the addition of new divisions in the Windsor area and Toronto, the SRC grows to 15 divisions.

The new division in Toronto consists of Devil's Pulpit, Wyndance, Emerald Hills and Oakville Golf.  Windsor's division includes Pointe West, Essex, Kingsville and Sarnia.

As a result of the additional divisions, the Games and Rules Committee have created a new playoff system for the 2014 Championship.  This will avoid a field that would be too large to manage.  Each captain has been sent the new playoff format.

In addition Oshawa has joined the SRC replacing Oakdale who are temporarily stepping aside to determine team availability. 

The new structure and alignment will be unveiled at the AGM to be held at Dundas ValleybGolf Club on May 6.


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