2011 TaylorMade Tournament of Champions

5/2/2011

2011 TaylorMade Tournament of Champions
Barrie Earns Gross Win and Meadowbrook Net Win on Copperhead 
Mississaugua Earns Gross Win and Caledon Woods Net Win on Sidewinder

(Milton, Ont., May 2, 2011)
- Despite the looming forecasts of rain on Monday, the weather held up for the most part for the 47 teams participating in the annual 2011 TaylorMade Tournament of Champions.   

This was the second time at the Tournament of Champions where the teams played a modified Stableford format. However, this year we added to the divisions where we had gross and net winners on both courses.

Bill Wogden, Head Professional from Barrie Country Club led his team to victory on Monday to win the Gross division on the Copperhead Course. "Winning the Low Gross title at the Ontario PGA Tournament of Champions event was exciting for our team," said Bill Wogden. "For the Professionals, it is a treat to be able to spend an entire day with the Champions of your Club.  It is great to be in competition with them as a team, and to be able to see them play and watch how they manage their game around the golf course. Katie and Jamie are both very strong players and a victory in the first event of the season will motivate them to improve their play and continue to build from their Club Championships of last summer.  All three of us contributed to the victory and are proud to bring the title home to Barrie Country Club," continued Wogden.
 
Michael Moniz, Head Professional of Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club and his champions earned the winning score in the Net division on the Copperhead Course. "Under the new format we had no idea how we were doing. So, when we saw our names on top of the leader board we were pleasantly surprised," said Michael Moniz. "Being new to Meadowbrook and just having recently met Sonia and Christian we bonded quite well, the goal was keeping things relaxed and to have some fun. Both Sonia and Christian were impressed with the day and are using this experience as motivation to be champions again in 2011. Lastly, on behalf of my team I would like to thank TaylorMade and Rattlesnake Point for their continued support of this event," added Moniz.
 
On the Sidewinder course, Mississaugua Golf & Country Club's Head Professional Gar Hamilton and his team were victorious in earning the winning score in the Gross division on the Sidewinder course. "Mississaugua was thrilled to have won yesterday! It was a great team effort with everyone contributing equally!," said Gar Hamilton. "The tournament is a terrific opportunity to play with your members and enjoy a super day at Rattlesnake. Many thanks to the Ontario PGA and TaylorMade for making it happen!" continued Hamilton.
 
Caledon Woods Golf Club, lead by Head Professional David Belletrutti received the winning score in the Net division on the Sidewinder course. "My teammates James and Sandy were very excited to win such a prestigious event.  Knowing that they were able to play well enough to compete with and beat some of the best amateur golfers in the region is something we are all very proud of," said David Belletrutti. "Having worked at Rattlesnake Point as an Associate for 6 years gave us some sort of a "home field advantage" when it came to reading greens and choosing lines off the tee. It makes it easy playing with such great golfers, because they are actually able to hit the ball or putt the ball on the line that was read.  We fed off each others good shots and were able to roll in some long birdie putts to keep the momentum going.   I am very proud of Sandy and James, and am honored that Caledon Woods has been able to join the company of the other golf courses that have claimed this trophy in the past, " added Belletrutti.
 
The Ontario PGA would like to thank TaylorMade for their continued support of the Ontario PGA and their members and for another successful kick-off to the 2011 Ontario PGA tournament season. For more information about TaylorMade, please visit their website at: www.taylormadegolf.com

In the end the real winner of today's event was the Mike Weir Foundation. The Ontario PGA in partnership with TaylorMade and the participation in this event were able to donate $8,000 to the Foundation.  For more information on the Mike Weir Foundation please visit www.themikeweirfoundation.com

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