Newsletter Issue # 8 Playoff update -South West Region
Senior Ryder Cup - South West Playoff Update
The final SRC playoff, for the South West Region was played at the Stanley Thompson designed Highland Country Club (est. 1922) in London on Monday, August 27th. The event avoided the forecasted rain however strong winds made play challenging for all 112 players, representing fourteen-member clubs, in the competitive better ball matches. The top four clubs qualified for the SRC Championship being held at Saugeen G.C. on September 14th. The four qualifiers round out the Championship field of 16-member clubs who will compete for the Senior Ryder Cup Championship Trophy in the 20th annual competition.
The Highland Country Club team was dominant as they earned 23 of a possible 24 points. Highland were followed by Kingsville Golf and Country Club with 21 points. St. Thomas Golf and Country Club qualified in third place with 16 points. The fourth qualifier was decided in a playoff as Erie Shores Golf and Country Club and Port Huron Golf Club tied with 14 points each. The playoff included one Super Senior and one Senior from each team. Both teams were tied after playing an extra hole so proceeded to a shootout from 100 yards on the 9th hole. Erie Shores had closest to the pin on the shootout hole and became the final qualifier for the Championship. Kudos to the winning clubs, and congratulations to the rest of the participants. Pictured below, left to right, are Bill Ruiter (Erie Shores Captain), Phil Killeen (Highland Captain), Gene Gordon (Senior Ryder Cup Vice-President and Chairman of the Highland playoff), Peter Tobin (Kingsville Captain) and Bruce Marshall (St. Thomas Captain).
The closest to the pin hole was the Highland’s signature 10th hole. 172 yards over an imposing pond, to an elevated and right to left sloped green. Brad Ideson of St. Thomas emerged as the winner coming to within 7 feet and 7 inches of the cup. For his effort, Brad won a case of twelve bottles of Jackson Triggs premium wines which he happily shared with his St. Thomas teammates. The picture, below, shows team members celebrating their qualification for the SRC Championship.
Next up is the culmination of the Senior Ryder Cup season with the Championship being conducted at the Saugeen Golf Club. Practice rounds are on September 13 followed by a player reception. The Championship is September 14th followed by the Championship dinner and presentation of the Art Stead trophy (donated by Art Stead who was the founder of the SRC) emblematic of the Senior Ryder Cup Championship.