In VGT ‘s final spring event of ’11, sixty one amateurs ranging in handicap from +3 to 18 tee’d off at northview’s Canal course, one of Surrey’s most noted golf courses, which played host to the Monday qualifying event for the PGA tour Air Canada championship from 1999 to 2002.
For his second time this year and 5th time in two years with VGT, 20 year old Richmond Country Club Amateur David Cao was crowned Champion in the Championship Flight with an impressive score of 69, one shot clear from 22 year old South Korean born Ethan Min of Burnaby. Cao has been the dominant force on the Amateur circuit this year, not only winning twice, but placing nothing worse than 7th place in six events. Min seems to be finding his form this spring, finishing in the top six four of his last six VGT events to jump into the top 10 in the VGT CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit.
Cao was awarded a $200 Marketplace IGA gift card, a dozen Srixon Z-Star balls and 2 Srixon gloves while Min earned himself a new Cleveland CG15 Lob Wedge and a $50 Marketplace IGA gift card for finishing 2nd place. The top 10 Amateurs in the Championship Flight took home prizing on the day!
After nine VGT events Cao has withstood all challengers in the 2011 CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit by some 1,400 points over 2nd place Amateur Matt Lister of the Q-Club and another 100 points shy of 3rd place Amateur Jesse Singh of Morgan Creek Golf Club.
Morgan Creek Amateur Tim Ferris posted the low gross score in flight A with a 3 over par 75, one shot better than his nearest competitor Murray Reed who took home low net honors with a score of 67. Ferris won himself a Cleveland Mashie hybrid club, a dozen Srixon Z-Star balls and two Srixon gloves for the victory. Reed took home a Cleveland CG15 Zip Groove wedge and a $50 gift card to Marketplace IGA.
After 9 VGT spring events, the top three on the FLIGHT A CLEVELAND/SRIXON Order of Merit are as follows:
- Murray Reed – 6,100 points
- Masa Takahashi – 4,750 points
- Jim Zalusky – 4,526.67 points
Low gross in flight B went to Hector Aguilar with a score of 80, good for a premier Cleveland carry bag a VGT towel and hat. Our low net winner in this flight was Robert Parihar with a score of 69 which won him a Cleveland putter.
Flight B Leaders at the end of the CLEVELAND/SRIXON Spring Order of Merit are as follows:
- Robert Parihar – 6,690 points
- Jason Boyd – 4,370 points
- Pete Fung – 4,370 points
Thanks to our Major Sponsors Marketplace IGA, Paine Edmonds Lawyers, Cleveland/Srixon & Nickel Heating & Ventilation, the top three players in each flight will receive some bonus prizes for finishing in the top 3 of the 2011 Spring Order of Merit.
JOHNSTON MEIER $5,000 HOLE-IN-ONE CONTEST
Thanks to Johnston Meier Insurance, VGT offered a $5,000 to the first Hole-in-one prize in the tournament which was ‘nearly’ won by Amateur Dan Elmer, who one hopped his iron shot off the stick and missed dropping in the hole by one inch!!! Although he didn’t win the coveted $5,000 cash prize, he did walk away with the Closest to the Pin prize of a PIN HIGH golf shirt for Flight A. Hein Marcus (Championship) and Hector Aguilar (Flight B) also took home a PIN HIGH shirt for their KP’s.