Burlington ON - The 15th season of the Great Lakes Tour began Thursday April 28th on the par 71 Hidden Lake Golf Club Old Course in Burlington, Ontario for the Annual Shootout.
Play began at 8am in near freezing temperatures that did not recover much throughout the day. Overcast and windy conditions persisted for every player in the field.
The event featured 38 professionals and 3 amateurs competing for entry fees on the Great Lakes Tour 2016 schedule. First prize for the winner would receive all eleven Great Lakes Tour events which holds a face value of $2795...
David Markle from Shelburne ON was playing in the marquee group alongside MacKenzie Tour Member Michael Gligic and 2015 PGA of Canada Player of the Year Danny King.
Markle made a move early by making birdie on three of his first six holes but a bogey on the difficult playing 9th hole gave him an outward nine of 2 under par 33. He looked to be in control on the back nine as he moved himself to 5 under par through sixteen holes. But, a bogey-bogey finish, gave him a final score of 3 under par 68. He had to wait in the clubhouse and see if anyone would catch him.
Michael Dart of Toronto ON, played the par 5's at 4 under par which gave him the momentum to post a total of 1 under par 70 and finish two shots behind Markle's clubhouse lead.
Sean Burke (Mississauga), Ed Maunder (Whitby), Michael Gligic (Kitchener) all came in with even par 71's to finish in a tie for third place. Burke had the 9 hole lead after posting a score of 32. However, back to back bogies to finish his round sent him down the leader board.
In the end, David Markle held on for the victory and became the 2016 Great Lakes Tour Shootout Champion. For the win Markle received the eleven Great Lakes Tour Events and 300 points towards the Order of Merit. The leader of the Order of Merit on June 23, 2016 will receive an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open Final Qualifying at Heron Point Golf Links on July 18th.
Next on the schedule the Great Lakes Tour travels to Grey Silo Golf Club in North Waterloo for GolfNorth Series Event #1 on Thursday May 5th.
For Shootout Results visit HERE
For Order of Merit standings visit HERE