Niagara Cup – Round One Results; Playing the Abbey

The first round of the Niagara Cup regionals was played on Sunday afternoon. Our club faced off against Peninsula Lakes and Lancaster Country Club at Pen Lakes and we pretty much overwhelmed them both.

St. Catharines took 11 out of a possible 12 points in the first leg, a tremendous result.

I teamed up with Dave F, a fantastic young player who has a provincial junior championship on his resume as well as a club championship at St. Catharines as a teenager. After we all parred the first hole on the Hillside nine, my par on the long par three second gave us the early one up lead.

Things looked really rosy on the par five third when Dave chipped in for an eagle three to give us a two up lead.

We gave one back on the fourth hole after a birdie from our Peninsula Lakes opponents but reclaimed the two-up lead on the par five seventh when Dave made ANOTHER eagle!

Talk about being on fire! He pitched in from about 40 yards on this one!

We took a three-up lead on the 3rd hole on the Orchard nine, our 12th hole of the day when I made the only par in our group. Pen Lakes birdied the next hole to pull within two but we halved every hole remaining to win the match 2&1 and take 2.5 out of 3 available points. We missed out on a half point due to tying the back nine.

I shot a tidy 75 (+4) on the day and I think Dave shot an even par 71 with a seven on his card – this kid makes golf look very easy!

I’m playing in a charity golf tournament tomorrow for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton. The event takes place at Glen Abbey GC and is going to be played under a modified best ball format. We essentially play our own ball the whole round so I’m interested to see what kind of score I can put together.

Should be a fun day for an excellent cause, as there is an auction later in the evening after a Marche-type meal. I will try to bring the camera out for some shots of the course – say what you will about ‘the Abbey’ but it is a fun golf course to play, especially the valley holes.

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