Newsletter # 21 - Senior Ryder Cup - Post Championship

  Whitevale Golf Club wins the 2019  

Senior Ryder Cup Championship in dramatic fashion.

Perfect weather conditions with abundant sun, temperatures in the low 20s and light breezes set the stage for the 2019 Senior Ryder Cup Championship at world class Devil’s Pulpit set in the Caledon Hills (https://devilspulpit.com/Devil_s_Pulpit/DPGA_History). The Devil’s Pulpit management team provided 126 of Ontario’s best senior players with pristine conditions and a substantial challenge for the 21st edition of the Senior Ryder Cup Championship.

At the conclusion of regular play, the Whitevale Golf Club and Sunningdale Golf & Country Club were tied for first place each earning twenty-two (22) of a possible twenty-four (24) points. Under Championship rules a one-hole playoff, with aggregate scores for a senior and super senior player from each team, was conducted on the 353-yard par 4 9th hole (uphill dog leg left with a large undulating kidney shaped green). With the hole surrounded by many of the days’ contestants, Whitevale’s Mark Brewer (2018 Golf Ontario Senior Amateur Champion) and Kevin Hughes finished the hole with a one stroke margin to defeat the Sunningdale team and capture the Championship on behalf of their teammates. This is Whitevale’s first Senior Ryder Cup Championship and third time lucky having qualified for the Championship in 2017 and 2018.

The delighted Whitevale team, and their Captain, Bob Nebel, are shown below accepting the Art Stead SRC Championship Trophy from Art Stead (SRC founder), Gene Gordon (SRC President) and Tom Nederpel (SRC Vice-President and Championship Committee Chairman). All team members received a customized Callaway cart bag suitably embroidered with the Senior Ryder Cup logo and ‘2019 Champions’, courtesy of Callaway Golf.

Left to right: Gene Gordon (SRC President); Kevin Hughes; Barry Catterall; Bernie Docking (front); Mark Brewer (back); Cam Hreljak; Dec Dunn; Bob Nebel (Captain); Art Stead (SRC founder); Mike McGarragle; Dave Walker; Tom Nederpel (SRC Vice-President).

Third place went to Barrie Country Club with 18 points followed by a 3-way tie with 17 points between defending champion Devil’s Pulpit, The Oaks Golf Club and West Haven Golf & Country Club

The other clubs who qualified for the Championship included  Cutten Fields (SRC Champions – 2010, 2017), Grand Niagara Golf Club, Saugeen Golf Club, Port Colborne Country Club (2000 SRC Champion), Midland Golf & Country Club, Legacy Ridge Golf Club, Lookout Point Country Club (SRC Champions – 1999, 2004, 2015), Donalda Golf Club, The Briars Golf & Country Club, and Listowel Golf Club.

Again, at the Championship, Jackson Triggs provided a case of their premium wines for closest to the pin on holes # 3 and #7. Jackson Triggs also provided a wine sampling at the September 4th practice round. Jackson Triggs premium red and white wines were exclusively served at the Championship dinner.

Marty Quincey won closest to the pin on #7 lofting a 52-degree wedge to within 1 foot, 7 inches. He is shown third from the left in the picture, below, with his happy Devil’s Pulpit teammates.

Frank Morris was closest to the pin on the 154 yard 3rd hole lasering a 7 iron to 2 feet 4 inches. In the picture below, he is shown on the left celebrating with his Cutten Fields teammates.

Callaway Golf, in addition to donating the Championship golf bags also donated an Odyssey Stroke Lab putter for closest to the pin on the 16th hole; two Odyssey Stroke Lab putters for draws from players using Callaway clubs at the Championship, a sleeve of Callaway Chrome soft golf balls for each participant, sixteen OGIO bags with embroidered SRC logo cresting. Over 64 % of participants used one or more Callaway clubs at the Championship. The three winners of the closest to the pin holes had Callaway clubs in their bags.

The winners from Whitevale Golf Club display their Callaway custom cart bags:

Closest to the pin on the 168 yard 16th hole was Chris Dault of Grand Niagara who powered a 7 iron to within 4 feet 3 inches to win the Callaway Power Lab putter. He is pictured, below, with his newly won putter.

Orangeville Honda provided a hole in one for a 2019 Honda Accord on the 16th hole. Unfortunately for the players, the 16th pitched a shutout and swallowed 9 balls in the pond in front of the green as a donation to Devil’s Pulpit. Orangeville Honda also offered a prize pack of $2000 worth or green fees for a hole in one on #3 and $1000 worth of Travis Matthew branded apparel for a hole in one on the 7th hole. Again, these holes threw a shutout to all players.

Thanks to the generosity of our corporate sponsors (Callaway Golf, Jackson Triggs Wines, Visit Tucson and Lexus of London), and the Senior Ryder Cup, the estimated cost per player for the day was $300+ and was provided at no cost for each of the 128 participants. The day included full buffet breakfast, golf, cart, range, hors d’oeuvres, the Championship dinner, dinner wine, and award presentations along with welcome gifts of two crystal wine glasses (one red and one white with SRC logoing and 2019 Championship), Jackson Triggs premium wines, Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls, prizing and after dinner draws.

We sincerely thank our corporate sponsors for their ongoing support throughout the season, especially during Championship Day.

Senior Ryder Cup President Gene Gordon presented a cheque for $1000 to Devil’s Pulpit General Manager, Rae Armstrong, in support of the Devil’s Pulpit junior golf program. A picture of the cheque presentation is shown below.

Individual match results, and pictures, from the Championship can be viewed on the SRC website – www.seniorrydercup.com.

Finally, the SRC Directors sincerely thank Rae Armstrong, General Manager at Devil’s Pulpit, and his outstanding management team and staff for providing a first-class golf course, dining facility, meals and exemplary service for all participants during the practice round and SRC Championship.

The 2020 Senior Ryder Cup Championship will be conducted on September 14th and 15th at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge site of past events on the LPGA and Korn Ferry Tours.