2012 CANADA BREAD BC MATCH PLAY
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 36-HOLE FINALS
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Northview Golf & Country Club | Ridge Course | Surrey, BC
“Welcome MATTS as your 2012 BC Match Play Champions”
Tournament in Review
Congratulations are in order for Canadian Tour Professionals Matt Makinson & Matt Daniel for being crowned 2012 BC MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONS this weekend!
This year’s Canada Bread BC Match Play finals went down as expected – a hard fought battle between four of BC’s top Tour Professionals:
Matt Daniel (Canadian Tour veteran representing Quilchena Golf & CC) / Matt Makinson (2nd Year Canadian Tour Pro representing Vancouver GC and Cleveland/Srixon)
Kevin Stinson (South African Tour and Canadian Tour rookie representing West Coast Golf Group and Cleveland/Srixon) /Josh Taylor (VGT Professional representing Chilliwack Golf & CC and Taylor Made) – 2011 BC Match Play Champions
Without question, in the 20 year history of being a part of the BC Match Play (past player and Co-ordinator), I have never seen such high quality of play by both finalists to decide a Champion! When the match ultimately closed at 6&5 with Makinson/Daniel being declared Champions, the official count of total birdies came to 38 over the 31 holes of competition. Yes, that’s right – THIRTY-EIGHT birdies!
This match goes down as the one that was definitely WON, not lost! I mean, who would have thought if you were Stinson/Taylor that you’d shoot better ball 64 (-8) on the opening 18 holes and be down, let alone 4 down!! Yes, that’s correct, Makinson/Daniel were completely on fire throughout this match, firing a better ball opening round of 60 (-12). They continued to charge on the afternoon round, accumulating a total of 17 team birdies through the end of the 31 hole match, doubling up a number of times. But overall, the match came down to which team collaborated the best together. An Makinson/Daniel traded off birdies at the right time when they needed their partner to do so. Overall, Makinson/Daniel rattled off a total of 20 birdies on the day, whereas Stinson/Taylor made a total of 18. A very close match that could have been much closer if Stinson/Taylor had evened out their birdie total on opposite holes!
This 36 hole match, hosted at Northview’s Ridge Golf Course, started out in style with a birdie by Matt Daniel as he poured in a 7 foot putt after a beauty iron shot to the back left pin. Stinson was quick to fire right back with a birdie of his own after two super shots to 4 feet on the 3rd hole. Match back to All square.
Birdies were traded on the par 5, 4th hole, then Stinson/Taylor short-sided themselves on the downhill par 3 and it meant a team bogey on the card. Makinson/Daniel back to 1 up.
Hole 6 was halved with birdies when Makinson, Taylor and Stinson all made great shots into the hole and capitalized. Then Makinson and Daniel out-manoeuvred their pitch shots around the green on the par 5- 7th to make team birdies and move the match to 2 up.
The short par 4-8th hole was ripe for the picking for these four long driving Professionals and they all took full advantage of it, hitting their tee-shots just short of the green, or on the putting surface in the case of Makinson who used a 3-wood for the task. All players hit great chip shots and made birdies, and when Makinson’s eagle try came up short, the match remained Makinson/Daniel 2 up.
The 214 yard 9th played its normal tough test, as all 4 players came into the hole with long irons. Daniel and Stinson came up with the best shots on the hole to 30’ then 20’ respectively. Valiant efforts for birdie by both, but a halved hole ensued after pars were made by both players.
All four professionals continued the back nine where they left off, positioning their ball exceptionally off the tee, leaving short irons into the back right pin. Taylor was first from 150y, and he threw a dart in to about 18 feet. His partner was next, and he flushed a wedge from 130 yards to 4 feet! Quilchena’s Matty Daniel proceeded to cover the flag with his wedge, just 10 feet behind the pin, and his partner almost exactly on the same line, one foot behind his ball. After Taylor edged the hole with his putt, it was Vancouver Club’s Makinson who canned another putt for birdie, putting the pressure squarely on Stinson to make his 4 footer to half the hole…..And he did! This match remained 2 up MD/MM thru 10.
The par 3, 11th hole was a fairly daunting shot on this day as the pin was cut only 5 steps from the front edge of the green, dangerously close to the water. Makinson hit first, and leaked his iron shot into the right greenside rough, safe, but no easy feet to get that one up and down. When his partner splashed his shot into the water, the door creaked open for their opponents. Both Stinson (15’) and Taylor (8’) stepped up to the challenge and when Makinson’s lob shot missed the hole and Stinson nailed his birdie, the match was now only 1 up Daniel/Makinson.
This 1 up margin was short lived when both Matt’s tapped in for birdie and when both Taylor and Stinson failed to get up and down from close proximity to the green. 2 up thru 12.
The next 3 holes were squared with pars by Taylor and Makinson on 13 and with consecutive birdies by Stinson & Daniel on 14 and 15. MM/MD – 2 up thru 15.
Hole 16 and 17 (two of the Ridge’s signature holes from the Air Canada Championship) were pivotal points in this finals match, as the team of Makinson/Daniel kept the accelerator on with the birdie count. This time Makinson’s turn, first nailing his iron shot over the pin on 16 to 8’ and draining his putt and then stiffing another mid-iron to 4 feet for a birdie on 17 (4th team birdie in a row) and all of a sudden this match was 4 up Makinson/Daniel.
The dramatic 18th hole played just that for all 4 players, as all of them hit spectacular drives and long irons over the water and onto the green on this water enclosed par 5 green. Chilliwack Golf & CC’s Taylor had the first run at his eagle from 40 feet, and slid it up to the hole for a gimme bird. Stinson had 30’ from behind the hole and just slid it by for his eagle. Birdie. Makinson and Daniel now had their turns to make this match a run-away train as they both had tries from 10-15 feet for eagle. First it was makinson from above the hole, but he also just edged it by and birdie was conceded. Now his partner stared down a 12’ putt below the hole. But believe it or not, it was left short and in the jaws! Birdies and a half on this hole, meaning after 18 holes, Makinson/Daniel held a comfortable lead of 4 up heading into the break.
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After being treated to a quick Sunday brunch buffet upstairs at Northview’s grill (is there such a thing as a quick buffet?), the players commenced the afternoon portion of this 36 hole match with Stinson/Taylor needing a quick start to the afternoon. Which they did! Taylor got his team back on track when he nailed a 40 footer up the hill for birdie with his partner also in great shape for birdie. With Makinson in the hazard off the tee, Daniel was left to fend for himself for one of the only times in the match, and when he lipped out his 15 footer for birdie, the match was back to 3 up Makinson/Daniel.
Both Makinson (L) and Taylor (r) struggled off the tee, and made scrambling for pars difficult. But both their partners hit excellent drives and approaches on Northview’s difficult 2nd hole, leaving 15 footers for birdies. Stinson first to go, narrowly missed on the left side of the hole, leaving the door open for Daniel and he slammed it shut when he nailed his 12 footer straight up the hill to put this match back to 4 up MM/DD.
Hole 3 (hole 21 in the match), arguably Northview Ridge’s toughest hole on the course, proved tough but not as difficult as you would think for these 4 great players. When all players’ birdie tries were missed, team pars were made for a halved hole to keep the match at 4 up.
Hole 22. All four Pros hit two excellent shots to reach the green on the 539 yard par 5 next hole with Stinson/Daniel’s approaches hopping into the greenside bunkers and Makinson and Taylor’s balls finishing 20’ and 12’ from the pin respectively on this tucked back hole location. When both eagle tries slipped by the hole and tap-ins were made for birdies, this match remained 4 up Daniel/Makinson.
Hole 23. The 184y downhill par 3 fifth proved to be a deciding hole on both morning and afternoon rounds. Makinson & Daniel opened up with two great shots onto the green to 25 feet (Daniel) and 10 feet (Makinson). And as if a reaction to blocking their morning shots into the right bunker, both Stinson and Taylor over-corrected and sent their tee-shots into the left bunker. Both hit great shots to within par saves, but this wouldn’t be good enough as Makinson dialled in yet another birdie for his team to make this match 5 up Daniel/Makinson.
Hole 24 was one of peculiar incidence, first the fact that Stinson uncharacteristically erred off the tee, only missing his target by 5-10 yards, but clipping a tree and dropping back into the hazard and sending him out of this hole. This left his partner Taylor from 80 yards out against both Matt’s who were already perfectly placed on the green 15-20 feet away. And the second part of ‘peculiar’ happened when Taylor’s ball was sent almost straight right off the clubface into the rough 20 y right of the green! After he failed to convert his up and down, the hole was conceded and Daniel/Makinson led the match 6 up.
Hole 25. Taylor would redeem himself on the very next hole when he was the only one to convert his birdie on the par 5, as Makinson/Daniel both missed their 6 footers. Daniel/Makinson were now 5 up.
Hole 26. Once again the short 285 yard par 4 eighth hole was assaulted by these 4 pros off the tee. Taylor over-hooked his drive left, but his partner clutched up and nailed his drive onto the green to 30’ for eagle. Next was the Cleveland/Srixon Pro Makinson, who smashed his 3-wood right over the pin…..and over the back of the green! Stinson has the first crack at his eagle try from 30’ and just misses, but is conceded his birdie. Daniel is next from 25’ and he also runs his putt by the edge, and the hole is halved with birdies. Match remains 5 up thru 26 and Stinson/Taylor running out of holes!
Hole 27 played as 204 yards to the hole, and all players hit great shots to the pin on this difficult par 3 hole, but no-one capitalized on their birdie tries and the hole was halved. MM/MD 5 up thru 27.
All four players sent their drives down the pipe on hole 28, the narrow 10th hole at the Ridge. Four iron shots were struck right at the flag on the back right pin location, but only Josh Taylor’s was still on the putting surface as the greens were hardening up leaving the other 3 pros with make-able chip shots beside the flag. Stinson and Daniel both chipped to tap-ins for par, leaving Taylor a 12 footer for birdie to draw this match a bit closer. But his put broke harder than expected and this hole was halved with pars and Makinson/Daniel remained 5 up.
Stinson and Taylor opened up the 29th hole with super shots over the water on the 142y par three to 8 feet and 15 feet. For the second time in the match, Daniel splashed his tee-shot a yard short of perfection, but now left his partner solo on this hole. Makinson clutched up and hit a great shot to 18 feet behind the hole, and he lagged his putt down to within gimme range for the par. This put a must make situation on the opponents for them to win the hole. And when both Taylor and Stinson’s attempts failed to enter the cup, the match remained 5 up with only 7 to play!
Hole 30. All four players hit great drives on this par 5 go-for-it hole. And when all second shots were hit, it became a battle of the short games to see who could capitalize. Daniel and Stinson were razor sharp with their shots around the green, leaving only 3-footers for birdies. And when both made, the hole was halved and Makinson/Daniel now led 5 up with only 6 holes to play.
Needing a dramatic finish to have any hope of squaring this match up the next 6 holes, meant all or nothing from Taylor and Stinson, and when both players attacked the pin and failed to convert their par saves, this match went in the books as a 6&5 win for Canadian Tour Professionals Daniel and Makinson.
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For being declared the 2012 Match Play Champions, Makinson and Daniel earned themselves a $3,500 Team Cheque for first place, and Stinson/Taylor earned a $2,200 team cheque for the runner-up spot. A four week journey, hard fought by both teams! They are both to be congratulated on their excellent play throughout this competition!!
Our continued thanks go out to CANADA BREAD, the BC Match Play Title Sponsor for the 5th straight year! Thanks to their sponsorship, this year’s BC Match Play total purse was $11,500, with all teams that qualified AND winning at least one match receiving either a Pro cheque or Amateur gift card for their play!
Special thanks go out to the VGT Team members and dedicated volunteers who assisted with event set-up, score-keeping and pace-of play over this gruelling 4 week event! Mike West, Holly Pearson, George Sterling, Ray Porter, Bill Schabes, Brian Small & Casey Fisher – Your efforts do not go un-noticed!
Final thanks must go out to all of the host golf courses that have played an essential role in the co-ordination of this 65 year old event! We can’t thank you enough for helping us co-ordinate this historic event on some of the Lower Mainland’s Premier Golf Courses!
The 2012 BC Match Play host golf courses are listed below:
- Qualifying: Ledgeview Golf & C.C., McCleery Golf Course, Hazelmere Golf Course
- 1st Round: Sandpiper Resort
- 2nd Round: Beach Grove Golf Club, Richmond Country Club, The Q Golf Club (Quilchena), Pitt Meadows Golf Club
- Quarter-finals: Kings Links by the Sea
- Semi-finals: Capilano Golf & C.C.
- Fianls: Northview Golf Club – Ridge Course
Congratulations once again to your 2012 CANADA BREAD BC MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONS, Matt Daniel & Matt Makinson! They truly earned this distinction!!
Fraser Mulholland | Commissioner | VGT
2012 CANADA BREAD BC MATCH PLAY
TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Sunday, April 15th
Capilano Golf & Country Club, West Vancouver, BC
OFFICIAL MATCH RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY
(Team’s seeding in parenthesis)
Match 1 – 11:15am
Semi-Finals matches of the Canada bread BC Match Play Team Championship took place this Sunday at Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver. The opening match of the day featured 2011 Champions Kevin Stinson and Josh Taylor versus Professionals Isaac Weintraub and Mewail Kidane (2009 Champion) and match two featured Canadian Tour Professionals Matt Daniel and Matt Makinson versus Fraser Valley Golf Professionals Chad McAdie and Kevin Klebe.
The opening match commenced with birdies from both teams on hole #1, and pars on #2 before the first break in the match when Taylor nailed his eagle putt on the 3rd par 5 for a 1 up lead. However, their lead was short lived when both Stinson/Taylor failed to get up & down on the par 3 fourth and the match was back to All Square. On the downhill par five 5th both Weintraub and Stinson hit the green in two from just over 200 yards out. After Weintraub missed from 30 feet, it was Stinson who nailed his 15 foot eagle putt to put their team back 1 up. Team pars on the downhill par 4 sixth and dog-leg right 7th and the match remained Stinson/Taylor 1 up. The pivotal point in the match came over the next two holes when Stinson/Taylor birdied #8 to go 2 up and won #9 with a par as Weintraub and Kidane both made bogeys on the challenging uphill par 3.
After halved birdies on hole 10, Stinson & Taylor fired off two more birdies on 11 and 12 to go 4 and then 5 up with only 6 to play and this match was all but out of reach. Hands were shook on the 13th green when Kidane and Weintraub made a team bogey and the match ended 6&5.
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Match 2 – 11:24am
Match #2 started out in heroic fashion when Canadian Tour Professional Matt Makinson jarred a 7-iron from 180 yards out for an amazing albatross to jump out to the early lead 1 up (which interestingly is the 3rd of his career). But after alternating birdies on 2, 3 and 4 by McAdie and partner Klebe, this match turned around in a hurry and Makinson/Daniel found themselves 2 down after 4. Both teams then birdied the downhill par 5 fifth and made team pars on 6 thru 9 to keep the match 2 up McAdie/Klebe. The birdie barrage continued again by both teams on #10 and #11 (Klebe and Makinson both times), but when Makinson added another birdie on 12 and his partner Daniel added another on 13, the match was back to all square. After both teams parred the downhill par three -14th, Daniel went back to work making yet another team birdie and Daniel/Makinson went 1 up thru 15.
After some very good pars were made by Klebe and Makinson on the 245 yard par 3-16th, Daniel/Makinson continued to lead the match 1 up and 2 holes to play. After Klebe over-hit the green and failed to advance the ball to the green on the 17th, this left McAdie to battle both Makinson and Daniel on the green to see if this match would advance or not. Daniel had the first look from 20 feet, but left his attempt low, and then failed to make his par save. This left Makinson in a more defensive spot when he lined up his 14 footer for birdie and he ended up also missing low on his attempt, but tapped in for a par 4. This meant that McAdie had an attempt from 10 feet to make this match All Square….but it narrowly missed and their team walked to the 18th hole needing a win to bring the match to extra holes.
On the par 5- 18th, Daniel and Makinson hit great drives and put the pressure on McAdie and Klebe off the hop. Klebe felt no pressure and bombed his drive over 300 yards, and in reach to hit the green in two. When McAdie’s drive sprayed into the trees, this ultimately left his teammate on his own coming in. Makinson hit first and he got his fairway wood within 20 yards of the uphill 18th green. Daniel then laid up to 100 yards and Klebe was last to play ultimately needing at least a birdie to square this match. He struck a solid 3-wood pin-high in the greenside rough and now it came down to the wedge game. Daniel hit it to 15 feet for birdie and then Makinson pitched up to 8 feet, guaranteeing at least a team par. Klebe’s chip from the rough came up 10 feet short, and when his putt slipped by the hole, Makinson and Daniel were 1 up winners and onto the finals!
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QUARTER FINALS | SATURDAY APRIL 14 (Photo Gallery)
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ROUND 2 RESULTS
Pitt Meadows Golf Club
Match 1: Kevin Stinson/Josh Taylor (1) Vs. Brad LePage/Mike Wawryk (16)
The first match at Pitt Meadows this weekend proved to be a battle between the ’11 Champions Stinson/Taylor and the relative unknown pair of LePage/Wawryk from Beach Grove. Both teams started out relatively slowly with team pars on the relatively easy par 5 – 1st hole. In fact, no blood was shed by either team until #4, where LePage made a brave up & down from the back of the green for birdie only to go down to a fantastic eagle by Stinson when he drained a 10 footer under the hole. But their lead was short lived when they made a team bogey on #5 as LePage/Wawryk tapped in for their pars.
Holes were halved again at 6&7 before Wawryk birdied #8 to put the underdogs 1 up on the day. The match stayed there thru 9 and 10 as both teams parred on 9 and birdied 10, but another birdie on 11 by Taylor, and the match was back to square. It took till the 14th hole for the past champions to re-assert themselves in this match, and after birdies on 14 and 15 from both Stinson & Taylor, they were 2 up with 3 to play. More solid play by the duo on 16 & 17 forced the Beach Grove duo to make birdies for the win, and they could not pull it off. The match ended on 17 with ’11 Champions Stinson/Taylor winning 2&1. Congrats to the Beach Grove duo LePage and Wawryk who put up a brave battle!
Match 2: Corey Steger / Matt Steger (8) Vs. Greg Bismeyer / Phil Balzer (9)
The second match featured the 8th seeded brother duo of Corey and Matt Steger from Seymour Golf & CC against two veteran amateurs Greg Bismeyer and Phil Balzer. After a few halved holes, Steger/Steger took the lead 1 up, then added to their lead on #7 when Balzer/Bismeyer made a team bogey and they were 2 up, and when Team Steger made a birdie on #8, the margin was now 3 up.
Halved holes on 9 with pars and 10 with birdies, and Steger/Steger remained 3 up thru 10. Then they went up 4 on the difficult par 3 – 13th, and as Bismeyer would attest to after halving #14, they were “on the morphine drip”, essentially running out of holes. Pars by all players on #15, and this match was in the books at 4&3 Steger/Steger.
The winning teams from Pitt Meadows will match up against each other in next Saturday’s Quarter-finals match at Kings Links. Tee-off time for this match goes at 1:06pm. All other quarter-finals matches will also be contested at Kings Links next Saturday. Semi-finals matches will take place on Sunday, April 15th at Capilano Golf & Country Club starting at 11am.
The first match at Beach Grove involved the #2 seeded team of Yves Bisson and Stu Dunaway vs # 18 seeded team of Jesse Singh and Bryan Bessant. The # 2 seeds jumped into an early lead with a birdie by Yves on the first hole and never looked back and they had increased their lead to + 3 after nine. Singh and Bessant’s downfall seemed to be on the greens. Despite numerous chances they were unable to sink important putts until the 14th hole. Another birdie by Bessant on the 16th narrowed the deficit to -1, but holes ran out and they lost the match 1UP.
The second match pitted Matt Daniel and Matt Makinson (#10 seeds) against Thomas Petts and Jeff Debou (#26 seeds). This foursome showed off their talent with many long fairway drives and plenty of accurate approach shots. On the par 3 7th, all four tee shots were grouped together close to the hole but, sadly, no birdies were carded. Although Petts and Debou made some key putts to keep it close, the Matt(s) were 2 up after three holes eventually winning 3 & 2.
Quilchena Golf & Country Club
Match One: Mewail Kidane/Isaac Weintraub Vs. Mark Heinrich/Curtis Baldwin
This match was a very hard fought battle between two very well matched teams. For the first 3 holes the match was all even. By the fourth hole Moe and Isaac jumped ahead, but could not hold on to the lead very long. By the 12th hole Mark and Curtis got the lead, but lost it by the next hole. The two teams stayed even till the 17th when on the 18th Mark and Curtis lost a ball on the approach to the 18th green and as such sealed their faith.
Match Two: Bryon Thom/Scott Sellers Vs. Derek Wray/Joe Lemieux
This match on the other hand was very uneven. Derek and Joe started off by being down after two holes, however they fought back for the next couple of holes and got down to only one. Unfortunately this did not last long and Bryon and Scott tightened the grip on the lead slowly inching closer to a win at every hole and by the 14th it was all over ending at 5 at 4.
OPENING ROUND RESULTS
Sandpiper Golf Resort | Harrison Mills, BC | Saturday, April 7th
Today marked the opening round of one of BC’s most historic events, the 2012 Canada Bread BC Match Play Team Championship. Thirty-two teams, consisting of some of BC’s top Professionals and Amateurs battled it out at the scenic Sandpiper Golf Resort in Harrison Mills in spectacular conditions.
Some of the opening round matches went as expected including ’11 Champions Kevin Stinson and Josh Taylor who knocked off 32nd seeds John Shin & Sylvia Park 4&2 as the opening match of the tournament. However, some upsets were in the making, as Squamish Professionals Bryon Thom and Scott Sellers took down 2010 Champions Dave Zibrik and Kevin Hogg 1 up and 26th seeds Ming Gu Kang and Kevin Ko knocked off the 6th seeded team of Chris Wood and Chris Kobler on the 18th hole, 1 up. And some incredibly tough opening matches went the distance, including former finalists Yves Bisson & Stu Dunaway (2nd seed) going 20 holes to defeat Professionals Jeremy Paradis and Clark MacPherson. Another tough opening round match took until the 19th hole to decide a winner between Professionals Brett Webster/Luke Bogdan vs. Sergej Dronov/Pat Ericson when Webster/Bogdan birdied for the win.
At the end of the day, the 16 winning teams advanced to the second round of the match play which gets underway tomorrow at four separate locations below:
Pitt Meadows GC – 1:30pm Start
Q Golf Club (Quilchena) – 2:30pm start
Beach Grove Golf Club – 2:30pm start
Richmond Country Club – 10:12am start
To all those players who took part this year, thanks for playing in this year’s event, and to all of our regulars who keep visiting the website and come out to follow their favourite local Professionals and Amateurs, thanks in advance for following BC’s best throughout the event!!
We welcome all spectators to come out and watch some of Western Canadian’s Top Professionals and Amateurs battle it out the next three weeks!!! Admission is by donation to the FIRST TEE PROGRAM of Greater Vancouver!!