PICKERING (JULY 19, 2011) – The TaylorMade GTA Amateur Tour was back on the course today to play the second round of The Digital Cement Major. Yesterday the Championship and A Flight competed on the Pickering-area course, and today the B and C Flights had their opportunity. The heat wave continued today, as nearly 70 hit the course to try and claim the season’s second major title. Ties for first place highlighted the day with the need for a playoff to settle were needed to a Flight’s champions.
With a pair of 84s, Markham’s Jeff Lundy and Richmond Hill’s Mike Kierstead found themselves tied for the lead in the B Flight; an impressive feat given the size of the B Flight (nearly 50 golfers). Both players have been near the top of the leader board all season, and it was only fitting that the two would be finish tied for first today at the second major of the season.
However, because of Kierstead’s absence once all the score cards were collected, the victory was conceded to Lundy; he instantly went to the top of the B Flight’s Order of Merit standings, and with an impressive 120-point lead over Woodbridge’s Brandon Nguyen, who finished tied for third today with Toronto’s Cyril Ma.
Close competition was the name of the game in the C Flight as well; hometown player, Pickering’s Fernand Pelletier, and Milton’s Barry White finished out their days with matching 88s. The two headed back out to the course to play a sudden death playoff. It was a tight match that went back and forth over two holes, but eventually Pelletier prevailed.
The win is a bit bittersweet for Pelletier, who will make the move to the B Flight after successfully defending his title, and taking home his third victory of the season.
Toronto’s Jeremy Choi and Duane Gomes finished in third and fourth place, respectively.
Today’s winner of the long-drive competition was John Borromeo; Cyril Ma took home closest-to-the-pin honours.