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Paris ON - The Great Lakes Tour Platinum Series Event #1 was contested recently on June 1 - 2 at Paris Grand Country Club. The quaint town of Paris settled along the Grand River was once a familiar stop on the Tour and after a lengthy absence from the schedule the tricky par 72 Azinger Design Course returned.
The 36 hole event featured a handful of local talent and top ranked PGA of Canada professionals. However, it was a young man named John Maley from Sudbury ON who put together a Champion's style final round to earn a spot in a 3 man playoff.
After the first round, the leaderboard was packed at the top with 14 players under par and within 4 shots of the lead held by Daniel Kim (North York). Kim's first round featured 8 birdies on the card for a 5 under par 67. Nic Powell (Toronto), Alex Carrigan (Guelph) and Michael Gonko (Sudbury) finished with 3 under par 69's to sit tied 2nd after the first round...
The second round got underway just before 7 am on Tuesday June 2nd and it didn't take long for players to take advantage of nice scoring conditions. Nic Powell made birdies on holes 2 and 3 to tie the lead early but bogies on hole 5 and 13 took the wind out of his sails and finished one back of the leaders at 5 under par.
First round leader Daniel Kim got it to 7 under par through 28 holes and looked to be in control of the tournament. But went double bogey - bogey on holes 12 and 13. Kim made a wonderful par save on 14 from well above the difficult front pin placement on the uphill par 3. But on the par 5 fifteenth, Kim hit his drive left of the fairway and proceeded to hit his next shot out of bounds and resulted in a double bogey and ultimately a round of 2 over par 74.
David M. Sheman (Newmarket) and John Maley both fired front nine scores of 33 to climb up the leaderboard. Sheman's front nine featured an eagle on 8 and birdie on 9. Maley made four birdies and no bogies to make the turn. Ryan Corbin (Brampton) made his move on the tougher back nine with a tidy 3 under par 32 to post a final round 67 and a share of the lead. Maley made birdie on the par 4 tenth hole and followed it with eight consecutive pars to post his final round 67. Sheman made an untimely double bogey on the par 5 fifteenth but finished with birdies on holes 17 and 18 to post his final round 67. All three players entered a sudden death playoff at 6 under par 138.
The playoff began on the par 5 first hole and saw two birdies made by Corbin and Sheman. John Maley hit a perfect drive and a 2 utility iron to 8 feet. Maley calmly walked up and knocked the putt in for eagle and the tournament. For the win, Maley will take home a cheque for $1500 and 1000 points in the season long order of merit.
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The Great Lakes Tour will have it's next stop on Tuesday June 9th at Cherry Downs GC in Pickering ON for Regular Series Event #3. For more information on the Tour please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Founded in 2001 the Great Lakes Tour was made to serve as a vital training ground for some of Canada’s best touring professionals. It has also provided countless competitive outlets for various players, both professional and amateur. More than 4,000 players from around the globe have competed for more than $4-million in prize money. Notable Alumni of the Great Lakes Tour Include PGA Tour Player David Hearn, Champions Tour Winner Rod Spittle and Web.com/PGA Tour Player Brad Fritsch to name a few.
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