PORT ELGIN – On a beautiful Friday, Sept. 14 at Saugeen Golf Club, near Port Elgin, the 16 best club teams in the province competed for the 2018 Senior Ryder Cup championship.
Back in May, the SRC activities began with 112 club teams playing in 28 four-club team divisions. After playing four matches at each of the clubs in its division, the two best club teams from each division then competed in four regional playoffs, with the top four club teams in each playoff advancing to the SRC championship.
Eight players to a team
In last Friday’s championship, each club team consisted of eight players who played two-man, better ball matches against other club teams’ pairings. Last Friday, two club teams outshone the rest— Devil’s Pulpit (with 23 out of possible 24 points) and Kingsville (at 22 points).
The local team, St. Marys Golf and Country Club (who have played in two championships in three years of SRC competition), finished well back at Saugeen despite their best efforts. The pairings for St. Marys were: Neil Dust and Wayne Ross, Rick Fifield and Merlin Malinowski, Jimmy Craigmile and Jonathan Rittenhouse (captain), and Brian Hughes and Eric Henkemans (team stalwart, Rich Parsons, was unavailable for the event).
While the team might not have been lucky on the greens at Saugeen, Brian Hughes (whose pairing with Eric Henkemans had the best result for St. Marys with four points) won the ultimate door prize — two tickets to a Maple Leafs’ game and free hotel accommodation.
After the event, team captain Rittenhouse had this to say: “The team is very proud that we represented St. Marys Golf and Country Club in this prestigious championship event. It shows that we can compete with the best in the province.
“All team members contributed to our success throughout the season, and everyone has enjoyed the competition. We all look forward to next year.”