Nottawa (ON) - On Thursday June 2nd the Great Lakes Tour visited GolfNorth Properties' Batteaux Creek Golf Club for the first time in tour history. Batteaux Creek is located in the small town of Nottawa (ON) just south of Collingwood (ON). The par 72 layout that stretches out over 7,000 yards was the site of GolfNorth Series Event #2.
The 18 hole stroke play competition was the second of seven events in the GolfNorth Series and featured a very deep 45 player field.
As scores began to trickle in through nine holes, it seemed that Batteaux Creek was winning the battle against par until 2015 Paris Championship winner, John Maley of Sudbury (ON) posted a stunning 4 under par 32 at the halfway point. His back nine eventualy cooled down and Maley settled for an 18 hole total of 3 under par 69...
In the second group of the day, Youn Sung Kim an amateur from Toronto (ON), went birdie-birdie to finish his round and secure another 3 under par 69 in the clubhouse. Kim's round featured 4 birdies and just one bogey on the par 4 second hole. Both Kim and Maley would settle for a tie in third position with Sean Carlino of Hamilton (ON).
Wes Gates of Novi, Michigan and Branson Ferrier of Barrie (ON) were both sitting at even and 1 under par respectively through nine holes. Both players would go on to post the two lowest back nine scores of the day.
Ferrier, playing in his professional debut, made birdies on holes 10, 11, 13 and 14. His lone bogey on the back nine came on the deceiving par 3 12th hole. His 3 under par 33 on the back nine gave him an impressive 4 under par 68 to finish alone in second place and take a cheque in the amount of $1,100 in his first professional event.
Wes Gates got his round going as he made a 25 footer for birdie on the par 4 10th hole. Then melted a 3 wood from 280 yards on the 592 yard par 5 12th hole setting up a tap in birdie to get himself to 2 under par for the round.
"After that birdie on 12, the hole just seemed to get big for me the rest of the way" Said Gates after his round. "It's fun to play when you see everything start falling into place."
Gates birdied the final four holes and went 5 under in the last six holes to post a back nine score of 30 which seemingly got the Batteaux Creek Golf Club members buzzing in excitement as he signed for a 6 under par 66 and took home the victory.
For the win, Gates received a cheque for $1,400 and 500 points toward the Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit. Gates now sits in second place in the overall standings and inches closer to the lead held by Michael Gligic. Many players are in the mix as number three in the standings Mitch Sutton has confirmed his entry in the next Great Lakes Tour event on June 7th in an attempt to overtake Gligic. The leader of the Order of Merit as June 23, 2016 will receive an exemption into the RBC Canadian Open Final Qualifying on July 18th at Heron Point Golf Links in Alberton (ON).
The next event on the Great Lakes Tour Schedule is Tuesday June 7th at Oliver's Nest Golf Club for GolfNorth Series #3. The Circuit Canada Pro Tour will get underway next week June 9-10 for the $50,000 Desjardins Invitational presented by Jaguar Laval in Hawkesbury (ON). Many of the top Great Lakes Tour National and PGA of Canada Members will be competing. Visit www.ccptgolf.ca for more information.
For Full Field Results from GolfNorth Series Event #2 Please visit HERE
For Current Order of Merit Standings Please visit HERE
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