TECUMSEH – The 2012 Golf Association of Ontario provincial championship season came to a close here last Wednesday with St. Marys residents Jim Craigmile and Rick Fifield capturing the Ontario Senior Men’s Better Ball championship title at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club near Tecumseh.
The duo, representing St. Marys Golf and Country Club, fired a combined three-under-par 69 to finish tied atop the leaderboard alongside two other pairs; Sarnia’s Jace and Guy Kohlmeier, and Lars Melander of Oakville and partner Michael Pogor of Burlington.
Following the 18 holes of regulation play, the six golfers headed back to the course for a playoff to determine the 2012 champion.
Melander and Pogor bowed out first, with Craigmile, Fifield and the Kohlmeiers continuing through three holes before Craigmile and Fifield dropped in an unanswered par to earn the 2012 Senior Better-Ball title—a first for both.
Craigmile and Fifield hoisted the Oakdale trophy after their solid performance on the course, which was playing at 6,423 yards for the field of 68 competitors on Wednesday.
During the regulalation 18 holes, the St. Marys pair collected six birdies and three bogeys. They had three straight pars in the playoff—on No. 1, 2 and 3.
Fifield described Beach Grove as a “great golf course.” The clubhouse is located on picturesque Lake St. Clair.
Runner-up honours were shared by Melander and Pogor and Jace and Guy Kohlmeier, who each picked up a silver medal.
Five pairs shared fourth place; Desmond Brady of Vineland and Doug Piett of Mississauga, both Lookout Point Country Club members; Bob Hebert of Brampton and Reg Finlayson of Georgetown who represent The Club at North Halton; Micheal Horrocks of Etobicoke and partner Rick Dodds-Hebron of Brampton; Dan Partland of Bolton and Chris Kertsos of Pickering; and John Wellard of North Bay with partner Sid Segsworth of Sudbury.
All five pairs closed out the competition a stroke behind the leaders at 70, two-under par.
Annual GAO event
The Ontario Senior Men’s Better Ball Championship is contested annually and features two-man teams competing in an 18-hole, four-ball stroke play competition.
The Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff from Beach Grove Golf and Country Club for the use of their course and facilities, and event sponsor Johnnie Walker for their support of amateur golf in Ontario.
Note: In other St. Marys G&CC news last Wednesday, Derek Van Der Linden, of Stratford, notched his second hole-in-one of the summer at St. Marys.
Van Der Linden aced the par-3 No. 16 hole with an 8-iron. Earlier this summer, the St. Marys member had a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 7 hole.