Newsletter Issue # 9 Championship Update
Senior Ryder Cup Championship Update
The twentieth annual Senior Ryder Cup Championship was conducted at the scenic Saugeen Golf Club (including 9 holes designed by Stanley Thompson) in Saugeen Shores near Port Elgin, Ontario on Friday, September 14th.
Sixteen clubs had qualified for the Championship through four regional playoff events (four from each regional playoff event).
The weather Gods were on the side of the players as they enjoyed mostly sunny conditions with very warm temperatures on an exquisitely manicured 27 holes. For the first time in SRC history, three nine-hole courses were used to complete the event.
After the final putt was struck, the team from Devil’s Pulpit emerged as the 2018 Senior Ryder Cup Champions as they scored 23 of a possible 24 points (the highest total ever recorded at the SRC Championship) and edged out second placed Kingsville Golf and Country Club who scored 22 points. Brantford Golf Club earned a respectable 19 points to finish in third place. Several matches came down to the final holes to determine our 2018 SRC Champions. It was Devil’s Pulpit first SRC Championship win.
The 2018 Senior Ryder Cup Champion Devil’s Pulpit team, with their customized Callaway Senior Ryder Cup Championship golf bags, is pictured below:
Left to right: Greg Blackstock, Mike Foley, Brad McMillan, Marty Quincey (Captain), Brian Humphrys, Rick Robinson, Chet Karpowicz and Doug Warrington.
The Senior Ryder Cup President Wally Berseth presented a cheque for $1000 to the Saugeen Golf Club, who chose to use the monies for their junior golf program. SRC President Wally Berseth is seen presenting the check to Saugeen Golf Club Past President, Mike Raven in the picture below:
Our sponsor, Lexus of London provided hole in one prizes of a Lexus automobile on the par 3 7th hole of each of the Sunrise and Sunset courses holes. Unfortunately, there was no winner, however there were also closest to the pin prizes on the same two holes with our sponsor, Jackson Triggs providing cases of their premium wines to each winner. As it happened two players from the Kingsville Golf and Country Club, Peter Tobin (to 3’ 7”) and Bob Damphouse (7 feet), won the closest to the pin prizes. They happily shared their winnings with their teammates as seen in the picture, below (Peter is seated on the left and Bob on the right);
Congratulations are in order for Ken Dunlop who, with his committee, Saugeen Golf Club staff and army of 102 volunteers, worked tirelessly to make this tournament a resounding success. The bar has been set very high for Devil's Pulpit, next year's Senior Ryder Cup host club. Thank you to Ken and all the great Saugeen members who made all participants feel welcome and made the two-day event one to remember with their great hospitality, immaculate course conditions (volunteers were out repairing divots as late as 10:00 p.m. the evening before the Championship) and a ‘can do’ attitude throughout the two days of activities. Thank you to UNIFOR who sponsored the wine and cheese player’s reception event following the Thursday practice round, and to the many local sponsors whose contributions contributed to the success of the two-day event.
Many thanks to our Senior Ryder Cup sponsors including:
- Jackson Triggs Wines (www.jacksontriggswinery.com) donated cases of premium wines for prizes for closest to the pins throughout the regional playoffs and Championship, and premium wine for the players banquet and other Championship events. If your club does not currently list Jackson Triggs as one of your wines, the SRC strongly encourages you to have your club management contact Jackson Triggs who would be delighted to become part of your club’s wine offerings;
- Callaway (www.callawaygolf.com) contributed a sleeve of their premium Chrome Soft golf balls to each player suitably logo’d with “SRC 2018 Championship’, 16 OGIO bags for draw prizes (8 of which were drawn for those players using Callaway equipment) and two of their Red Ball putters, also for draws. To top it off, Callaway donated 8 premium golf bags suitable logo’d to identify this year’s champion. They also donated one other golf bag as a draw prize. Callaway, again this year, offered complimentary club fittings which a number of SRC members took advantage of. Please consider Callaway equipment for your next equipment purchase as they have introduced some outstanding products. At the Championship, 68% of participants used Callaway woods/ irons/wedges or putters;
- Lexus of London (www.lexusoflondon.com) provided the buffet breakfast on Championship Day along with commemorative premium ball markers and holders for each contestant. Lexus of London also offered up Lexus automobiles for any contestant who scored a hole in one on the 7th holes of both the Sunrise and Sunset courses. Additionally, Lexus of London provided a weekend in Toronto to see a Leaf game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. SRC members have purchased vehicles from Lexus of London, even though they lived a fair distance from London. They have received a competitive price and are able to have their Lexus serviced at their local dealership. Lexus of London transported eight vehicles to Saugeen to display for SRC members. SRC members are encouraged to consider Lexus of London for their next vehicle purchase/lease;
- Visit Tucson (www.visittucson.org) provided a monetary contribution that paid for part of the championship banquet. At all regional playoff and Championship events SRC members were provided with comprehensive brochures and marketing material outlining the many options for spending time, this winter, in Tucson. There are some great golf courses in Tucson and many side activities that members and their families can enjoy over the winter season. They have a comprehensive website that should be of interest to SRC members. Members are encouraged to consider Tucson for their winter travels.
There were a number of firsts at the 20th annual Championship. On Thursday, September 13th, over 100 players enjoyed the first ever practice round. This was also the first time the Championship was conducted at a course outside the 401-QEW area and the first time three nine-hole courses were used for the event. There were several firsts for the twentieth SRC season. 2018 was the first year that four regional playoff events were held and the first year that both first and second place teams, in each four-club division, qualified for the regional playoffs. It was the first year that 56 teams qualified for the regional playoffs and it was the first year that 112 clubs participated.
Enjoy the rest of your golfing season and beyond!