North Waterloo ON - The Great Lakes Tour returned to the par 71 Grey Silo Golf Course after a short absence for the first of seven GolfNorth Series events on the schedule.
Grey Silo Golf Course, a property of GolfNorth, hosted the LPGA Tour's Manulife Classic from 2012 to 2014 and was a long time host facility for the Great Lakes Tour for many years previous to that. The golf course was in pristine spring condition with firm and fast conditions throughout.
The field of 50 competitors were treated to some dry, cool and breezy conditions for most of the day and some of the biggest names in Ontario professional golf were present...
The field included 2015 PGA of Canada Player of the Year Danny King, European Senior Tour Member Ken Tarling, former European Tour Member Alan McLean, Mackenzie Tour winner Michael Gligic and 2 time PGA of Ontario Champion Brian Hadley to name a few.
The early going saw Danny King take an early lead after nine holes after he holed out for eagle on the par four 9th hole to make the turn in 3 under par 33. Two birdies and a single bogey on the back nine gave King the clubhouse lead at 4 under par 67.
The marquee group of Michael Gligic, Mark Hoffman and G.W. King made the most noise on the front nine as the group combined for nine birdies and two eagles for a group total of 11 under par. Hoffman and Gligic turned in 4 under par 32 while G.W. King was one back at 3 under 33.
Ken Tarling started making up some ground on the leaders as he made three birdies in four holes to start his back nine. After missing a make-able birdie putt on the 15th hole and then making a great two putt par on the tricky par three 16th, he needed a birdie-birdie finish to have a chance to win. After a great sand shot on the par five 17th, his short birdie attempt slid over the edge and ended his chances of becoming the oldest winner in Great Lakes Tour history,
This left Mark Hoffman and Michael Gligic tied with one hole to play. Both players were 5 under par through the 17th and Mark Hoffman wedged it to three feet on the final hole and proceeded to make the putt and post a 6 under par 65 for the one shot victory,
For the win Hoffman walked away with $1,425.00 and 500 points towards the Order of Merit. The leader of the Great Lakes Tour 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 18.
The next stop on the Great Lakes Tour schedule is the Barrie Classic at Tangle Creek Golf Club in Barrie ON on Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13. The Barrie Classic is the first 36 hole Championship of the season and is expected to have one of the strongest fields in years.
For GolfNorth Series #1 Results please visit HERE
For the Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit please visit HERE
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