It couldn’t have been any closer!
Following two days of ball striking at St. Marys Golf and Country Club, the annual Senior President’s Cup competition early last week ended with Team World earning 20 points and Team Canada picking up 20 points.
On day one, Team Canada took a narrow lead after alternate shots, only to have Team World come storming back in better ball to take a 9½ to 6½ points lead.
Day two saw Canada take five and a half of a possible eight points in the scramble portion to draw even. The matches were still even after the Super Seniors, while the World took three of four matches in the ladies division. Canada then won four of the last five matches to catch the World.
The captains’ comments
Both teams (men and ladies) consisted of 16 golfers. The team captains were again Mike Wraith (Team World) and Tom Jenkins (Team Canada).
“When Tom and I drafted the teams, we wanted to try and make things as competitive as possible,” Wraith said. “Didn’t think it would be this close. The course was in great shape which led to some great golf. Would like to thank all who took part and look forward to regaining sole possession of the cup next year.”
Captain Jenkins had this to say about the September event.
“The whole idea behind the St. Marys version of the President’s Cup is to give high handicappers the opportunity to get a taste of what it’s like to play different versions of match play in a competitive situation,” Jenkins explained. “We watch the big boys (and girls) do it on TV, and even see the St. Marys version of the Ryder Cup being played here each year between the young guys and the old guys. To be able to put ourselves in their shoes for a couple of days is a lot of fun.
“We tried to make the teams as even as possible, and with the 20-20 tie this year, it obviously worked out very well. We heard a lot of positive comments from both teams, so hopefully we’ll have as good a turnout again next year.”