Niagara-on-the-Lake, September 6 – 7, 2014
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The twelfth annual Charles Blair Macdonald Challenge and the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship were played at the historic Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course on September 6 and 7.
This golf course has been rated by GOLF Magazine as the ninth best short course in the world outside the United States. It is also the oldest golf course in North America on its original site.
A tournament director's greatest fear is a heavy rain, and cancellation of the day's play. Right on cue, it stopped raining at 8:00 a.m., and weather conditions improved over the course of the day.
Patrick Potter piped us in and group photos were taken on the first tee.
Sixty-four avid golfers – 8 women, 12 super seniors, 26 seniors and 18 open division – battled for the Jim McNeil Championship Trophy, and the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship title.
The format of the C. B. Macdonald Challenge event was changed this year to accommodate the large Canadian contingent of players – 43 in all. The 23 American players formed one team and the Canadian players were divided into two teams representing Eastern and Western Ontario. Each threesome played a medal match against the other two players in his / her group.
The Eastern Ontario team lead the field after Saturday's round – Eastern Ontario 25.5 points, Team USA 23.0 points and Western Ontario 20.5 points.
A trade show followed lunch. Many of the participants dined at The Grill On King that evening.
Sunday morning's sunny start was a relief! A gentle breeze and lots of sun made for excellent playing conditions. In team play, Team USA, captained by Tom Johnson, continued their fine play, winning 27 of 69 matches. Eastern and Western Ontario each won 21 matches. Final score in the team competition was Team USA 50.0 points, Eastern Ontario, captained by Joseph McLean, 46.5 points and Western Ontario, captained by Paul Dietz, 41.5 points.
In the Open Division of The Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship play, Mike Heil shot a 36 hole total of 156, to win the title and the Jim McNeil trophy as champion. Bob Sly finished second, shooting a 157 total.
Paula McLean defended her title as Ladies' Division champion, shooting a 36 hole total of 182. Runner up was Alison Spouge who shot 198.
In Super Senior Division, Rusty Wells shot a 160 to win the title over Barry Deathe who shot 189.
In the Senior Division, Vern Petry followed his 78 Saturday with an 82 Sunday to win the senior flight title. Ron Dunn was runner up at 165.
I hold places for 2014 participants in the 2015 event until March 15, 2015. After that date, I fill the field with entries from the waiting list. This is a limited field event. Get your entries in early to avoid disappointment.
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Questions? Contact Paul Dietz