By Pat Payton
STOUFFVILLE – The 2018 Golf Ontario ‘Champion of Champions’ was held here at Spring Lakes Golf Club last week.
The categories included: Men’s, Senior Men’s, Women’s and Senior Women’s.
In the Senior Men’s division, Rich Parsons, of St. Marys Golf and Country Club, fired a one-under-par 71 in windy conditions to finish in a strong three-way tie for third place overall. A four-under 68 won the division.
In the Men’s Division, Marty Rutledge, of St. Marys G&CC, shot an 84.
The annual event features reigning club champions from Golf Ontario member clubs across the province. It’s held at a different course each spring. St. Marys Golf and Country Club paid the registration fees for Parsons and Rutledge to play in this year’s ‘Champion of Champions.’
Hit 18 greens in regulation
A previous winner of this event (2013) in the Seniors category, Parsons hit all 18 greens in regulation on a course he had never played before. He had two birdies and one bogey during his solid round, and had nine straight pars on the back-nine.
“Down there, you had to drive the ball well because of dog-legs, and it was tight,” Parsons reported. “If you got out of position off the tee, you were going to have trouble hitting greens in regulation. I hit everything pretty good.”
The Spring Lakes club has a “fair bit of water” on it, he noted.
“The course has a lot of rivers down the sides of fairways, and ponds you had to play around,” he said. “It’s similar to our front nine in St. Marys. They have a few more trees and it’s narrower.
“But it was the dog-legs that made it tougher to get to the greens. And their fairways were spectacular. It’s just a very nice golf course.”
Note: For his third-place finish, Parsons will be mailed a bronze medal with his name engraved on the back.