Newsletter Issue # 3 - May 2018

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In the coming days the 2018 Senior Ryder Cup season will be underway. This is the 20th year of activity where members will enjoy the competition and camaraderie of the Senior Ryder Cup. The growth from 4 member clubs in 1999, to 112 member clubs, has made the Senior Ryder Cup Canada's largest team golf competition. Over 1200 players will participate in this year's edition of the Senior Ryder Cup.

Member clubs and playoffs

12 additional member clubs are in place for the 2018 season bringing the participating golf club total to 112. Clubs are divided into four regions - Central, Niagara, North East and South West. Each region has 7 divisions with 4 clubs per division. In an effort to provide more teams an opportunity to advance to the championship day the number of playoffs is expanding to four events - one for each region. The top two teams, in each division, qualify for the playoffs. Half of the SRC member clubs will qualify for the playoffs.
 
The Niagara playoff is at the Dundas Valley G.C. on Tuesday, August 7th, the Central playoff at the Briars G.C. (Sutton West) on Monday, August 20th, the North East playoff at Tangle Creek G. & C.C. (Thornton near Barrie) on Tuesday, August 21st and the Southwest playoff at London's Highland C.C. on Monday, August 27th.

Senior Ryder Cup Championship

The top four teams, from each playoff, qualify for the Championship event scheduled for the classic and picturesque Saugeen G.C. (est. 1925 - www.saugeengolf.com) on September 14th.
 
The Championship day is expanding to include a practice round, and sponsor reception, on Thursday, September 13th. Saugeen members have embraced the Championship and are preparing an exciting program to make the Championship a day to remember.

Division competitions

With the changes made to the SRC website when your Captains have submitted their rosters for each event, you can expect to receive an email notifying you of the match draw, your tee times and information specific to the day's activities. Please ensure your Captain has your current email address to guarantee you receive the information.

Website

SRC members are encouraged to visit the SRC website to familiarize themselves with recent changes and details of their division schedules, current division standings, news, dates for senior tournaments at SRC member clubs and links to our valued sponsors (Callaway, JacksonTriggs wines, Lexus of London and Visit Tucson).The SRC website is 'www.seniorrydercup.com'. Website enhancements are ongoing to make your experience seamless and informative.

 

Competition yardages

In 2017, special yardage ranges were introduced for Super Senior (SS) players. Course yardages for SS range from 5800 to 6000 yards. Seniors yardage is 6100 to 6300 yards.

Retirement

The SRC thanks Tom Quarantillo who has retired after 8 years of loyal and dedicated service as a volunteer member of the SRC Board of Directors. Tom has been involved in the successful growth of the SRC and the SRC wishes him a fulfilling retirement as he travels the world and on the links as a member of Welland's Cardinal Lakes Golf Club. Tom will indirectly be around, as he will be appearing in a You Tube video, 'new Club Captain Indoctrination program', on the SRC website.

New Director

The SRC welcomes Phil Stevens to the SRC volunteer Board of Directors. Phil plays out of Bradford Highlands Golf Club and will be focusing the majority of his efforts on continuing enhancements to the SRC website and automation of the SRC divisional alignment.

Potential sponsors

The SRC continues to seek new sponsors. If you have a lead, please forward it to Jim Aziz at 'bajagrp@rogers.com' and he will follow up.

Have an enjoyable season and keep it in the short grass!!

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