Team Ontario dominated singles play on Friday to double the score on Team Quebec by a final score of 16-8 and win the 2013 Titleist Cup Matches at Toronto’s Weston Golf and Country Club on Friday.
Led by rookie captain Ken Tarling and vice-captain Keir Smith, Ontario went into Friday with a 7-5 lead, but took nine of 12 matches to win the annual matches between the PGA of Ontario and PGA of Quebec for the first time since 2010.
“We certainly had a very experienced group on this year’s team,” said Tarling.
“To me, it felt like we had one of the strongest teams we have ever put together. It was a terrific team effort,” he added.
“The Thursday morning matches really put us in a strong position (5-1) and gave us a lot of confidence. We never trailed and we had some excellent performances from our rookies and assistants,” said Tarling.
Four of the 12 Team Ontario members enjoyed perfect 3-0 records including rookie Brian McCann, Scott Cowx, Brian Hadley and Ian Doig, who played until the very last hole to secure his victory over Daniel Talbot.
“It’s always awesome to win,” said Doig. “I was able to enjoy the final match over the last few holes, once the boys had won it. I lost a little focus out there and let Daniel back in the match before I refocused to get the win.”
In the Senior Division, Dave Wettlaufer went out first against Marc Girouard and earned a 1-up victory to start the day, while Serge Thivierge battled Tarling all the way to win 1-up for an early victory for Team Quebec.
In the Assistants’ Division, McCann defeated Yanick Laforest 2&1, while Brian Hadley edged Vincent Cacchione 2&1.
In the Regular Division, Dave Levesque won Quebec’s second match against Bill Walsh 4&3, while Remi Bouchard earned his team’s final point of the day with a 4&3 win over Conor O’Shea.
Other Ontario victories went to Danny King 2&1 over Martin Plante, Scott Cowx 4&3 over Philippe Mongeau, Matt Peavoy 5&4 over Hocan Olsson, Teejay Alderdice 7&6 over Daniel Santerre and Dan Greenwood 6&4 over Eric Laporte.
“It’s a great experience. I can tell you it’s a lot more fun to be on the winning side,” said Peavoy, who went 0-2 on opening day.
On No. 8, Cowx posted what could possibly be the first-ever hole in one in Titleist Cup play with a shot that rolled off a slope and into the cup.
“I think it helped galvanize the team,” Cowx said as be bought players a drink in the clubhouse after the round. “It certainly was a turning-point for me because I had just won No. 7 and I went on to win No. 9 as well.”
Ontario now has 14 wins, while Team Quebec has the overall lead with 23 victories.
-Contribution by Brent Long