The 2013 Titleist Cup is far from over as only two points separate Team Ontario and Team Quebec heading into Friday singles’ matches at Toronto’s Weston Golf and Country Club.
Team Ontario won five of six best ball matches to open the annual two day championship between 12 players from the PGA of Ontario against a dozen from the PGA of Quebec.
In the afternoon alternate shot matches, Quebec won four of the six matches to narrow Ontario’s lead to 7-5.
After two consecutive losses, Team Ontario is looking to return to winning form with Ken Tarling as the new team captain.
“There is a lot of golf to be played Friday, 12 points up for grabs, so it should be a great day of golf with some tight matches that will go right down to the wire,” said Tarling.
Tarling teamed up with Dave Wettlaufer to win the morning match 3&2 over Marc Girouard and Serge Thivierge, before the Quebec team bounced back to win the afternoon battle one-up over Tarling and Wettlaufer.
The Ontario teams of Ian Doig and Scott Cowx and Brian McCann and Brian Hadley each won both their morning and afternoon matches defeating Hocan Olsson and Daniel Santerre (5&4 and 5&4) and Vincent Cacchione and Yanick Laforest (4&3 and 3&2), respectively.
Leading the Quebec charge, Daniel Talbot and Martin Plante won both their matches over Matt Peavoy and Dan Greenwood 3&2 in the morning and two-up in the afternoon.
“We’re going to have to play well Friday to win it,” said Cowx, who has been on two losing teams before.
“It’s going to be exciting. Two points is not a lot. I would like to have a lead of four, five or six points,” said Cowx.
In other action, Billy Walsh and Conor O’Shea started with a 5&4 victory over Dave Levesque and Remi Bouchard, but lost in the afternoon as the Quebec duo won 3&2.
It was the same story for Ontario’s Teejay Alderdice and Danny King won the morning match 4&3 over Eric Laporte and Philippe Mongeau, before the Quebec team evened the score with a 4&2 win in the afternoon.
“(Thursday) morning, our guys were a little shaky. To lose five matches was unbelievable,” said Quebec captain Eric Laporte.
“The guys from Ontario got off to a better start and we didn’t seem to respond. For the afternoon matches, I told our guys they’re good players, to battle hard and that’s what they did to get us back in it,” he said.
“I don’t know what going to happen on Friday. Both teams have great players and there will be some great matches. Who will win, I don’t know,” said Laporte.
Ontario needs 5.5 points to win, while Quebec needs 7 points to retain the title.
Here’s how Friday’s matches look”
Dave Wettlaufer/Marc Girouard
Ken Tarling/Serge Thivierge
Brian McCann/Yanick Laforest
Brian Hadley/Vincent Cacchione
Bill Walsh Jr./Dave Levesque
Danny King/Martin Plante
Conor O’Shea/Remi Bouchard
Scott Cowx/Phillipe Mongeau
Matt Peavoy/Hocan Olsson
Teejay Alderice/Daniel Santerre
Dan Greenwood/Eric Laporte
Ian Doig/Daniel Talbot
-Contributed by Brent Long