Senior Ryder Cup
Central Region Playoff
Blue Springs Golf Club – July 31, 2023
Blue Springs Golf Club provided a challenging opportunity for 128 of the best Central Region golfers to demonstrate their skills. Comfortable temperatures with occasionally windy conditions and threatening skies provided the backdrop on this picturesque, well conditioned course. Significant elevation changes, strategically placed bunkers subtle greens, unexpected water hazards and at least one long carry over a large pond tested the golfer’s expertise.
Sixteen clubs faced the challenge of Blue Springs including a few new to Central Playoff experience. All sixteen were competing for three positions at the SRC Championships on September 18 and 19. The sixteen clubs included Brampton Golf Club, Brantford Golf and Country Club, Cedar Brae Golf Club, Deer Ridge Golf Club, Glencairn Golf Club, Maple Downs Golf and Country Club, Markland Woods Golf Club, Midland Golf and Country Club, Oshawa Golf and Country Club, Scarboro Golf and Country Club, The Pulpit Club, Thornhill Golf and Country Club, Victoria Park East Golf Club, Whitevale Golf Club, Wyldewood Golf and Country Club and Wyndance Golf Club.
Whitevale, the defending Central Region Champions returned this year with many of the same players and an equally strong team. They faced significant competition from powerful traditional Central Region teams such as Scarboro, Thornhill and Oshawa. At the same time, very strong teams from the western part of the region such as The Pulpit Club, Glencairn and Brantford provided stiff competition. At the end of the day, however, Whitevale prevailed, beating out The Pulpit by one point. Competition for the third position was also very close as Glencairn narrowly beat out Brantford by one point and Cedar Brae and Victoria Park East by two. Complete results can be found on our website under Events/Playoffs/Central.
The Senior Ryder Cup would like to say a special thank you to our extensive list of sponsors who provided numerous prizes including closest to the hole on all par 3s, prizes to all 16 teams, several raffle prizes and of course the perennial potential hole in one prize of a car offered by Genesis Brampton. Pat Alpaugh from Brantford did not get a hole in one on the second hole where the car was being offered. Doug Brophy from Glencairn had a hole in one on Hole 5 and received a Muskoka sports chair from My Custom Sports Chair. Randy Moyer from Brantford received a large, well aged bottle of scotch from Steinberg Wealth Management on Hole 11 for being closest to that hole and Robert Lynch won a Zoom Rangefinder from Good Things Promotions for being closest to Hole 17.
The generosity of those and companies like Sleemans, Walter Caesar, Hides Canada, Winding Road Maple, Charton Hobbs, Reif Estate Winery, Jancor Sales, Renfro Hosiery, Pizzaville and Callaway aided significantly in expanding our prize table and lunch time offerings. We also give a special tip of the hat to Tilley who once again provided the sun hats for the Playoff winning Whitevale team shown below. Now we are onto to our next Playoff at North Granite Ridge for the Georgian Region teams on August 8th.
Central Region Champions from Whitevale Golf Club
From the left Chris O’Brien, Don Davis, Cam Hreljac, John Trimble (Captain), Dave Walker, Mark Brewer, Bob Doyle, Wade Brackenbury
Robert Lynch, Thornhill Golf and Country Club receiving his closest to the hole prize from Good Things Promotions
Randy Moyer, Brantford Golf and Country Club receiving his closest to the hole prize from Fraser Trottier of Lorne Steinberg Wealth Management
Hole in 1
Doug Brophy from Glencairn Golf Club is being congratulated by Ken Dunlop, SRC Vice President for his hole in one. Doug received a Muskoka Chair from My Custom Sports Chair and Matt Ruberto
The Midland Golf and Country Club members are about to share their bottles of wine donated by Reif Estate Winery. Each of the sixteen teams received one of a variety of prizes for each team member this year.
Teeing off on Hole Number 1 and carrying the water on Number 8