Newsletter # 16 - Senior Ryder Cup - Niagara Region Playoff

   Senior Ryder Cup Playoff Update - August 6, 2019  

The 2019 Senior Ryder playoffs got underway on Tuesday, August 6th at the classic Stanley Thompson designed Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club (home of PGA tour winner Mackenzie Hughes) testing the skills of 128 of the SRC Niagara Region’s best players.

Heavy morning rains greeted the golfers at registration but by the 1:00 shotgun start the skies had cleared and play was underway at the assigned time. Many matches were tight and not decided until the final putts.

Sixteen clubs had qualified for the playoff event with Grand Niagara Golf Club (22 points), past SRC Champion Port Colborne Country Club (18 points), past SRC Champion Lookout Point Country Club (17 points) and the Donalda Golf Club (17 points) teams punching their tickets to the Senior Ryder Cup Championship at Devil’s Pulpit on September 5th.

The winning Captains are seen below with SRC President Gene Gordon and SRC Vice – President and Chair of SRC Playoffs and Championships, Tom Nederpel.

Jackson Triggs wines awarded a case of their premium wines to the winners of two closest to the pin holes. David Merry of Thornhill Golf Club struck a 5 iron to 1’ 7” from the hole on 175 yard 4th hole and Tony Ravenda of the Port Colborne Country Club hit a 6 iron to 3’10” on the 185 yard 17th hole. Pictures of the winners, and their excited teammates, are shown below.

Following play Bench Brewing conducted a popular craft brew tasting. A draw for two cases of Bench craft beer were won by the Markland Wood Golf Club team and the Lookout Point Country Club. The winners are shown below as are Bleze and Ivana, the Bench Brewing team who served up the craft brew.

Next up is the Central Region playoff being conducted at the Briars Country Club on August 12th.


Pictured, left to right, are Gene Gordon (SRC President), Ian Tod (Donalda Golf Club Captain), Doug Piett (Lookout Point Country Club Captain), Len Aubertin (Grand Niagara Golf Club Captain), Tony Ravenda (Port Colborne Country Club Captain) and Tom Nederpel (SRC Vice- President)


David Merry (at left end, back row) won a case of Jackson Triggs premium wine for closest to the pin on the 4th hole. He is celebrating with his teammates from the Thornhill Country Club.


Tony Ravenda (at right end, back row) won a case of Jackson Triggs premium wine for closest to the pin on the 4th hole. He is celebrating with teammates from the Port Colborne Country Club.


The Markland Wood Golf Club SRC team celebrate with their case of Bench Brewing Craft Beer


The Lookout Point Country Club SRC team surround their case of Bench Brewing craft beer.


Bleze and Ivana, from Bench Brewing, served up some welcome craft beer following play at the Niagara Region playoff event.