Whitevale Golf Club Successfully Defends George S. Lyon Championship Title
Bond Head, ON – The team from Whitevale Golf Club successfully defended their title on Tuesday at the Senior George S. Lyon Team Championship hosted by The Club at Bond Head.
Four-man teams from golf clubs across Ontario came together for the 78th playing of the event, with 2013 marking the first time the championship has been contested as a senior competition. Players took to Bond Head’s South Course in a combined gross score format, with Whitevale earning the title by two strokes overall.
Barry Fairhurst of Whitby, Declan Dunn of Pickering, Dave Walker of Ajax and Robert Nebel of Unionville hoisted the championship shield after posting a combined score of 318 (+30). Fairhurst carded the low round of the day with an even-par 72, earning the Crofton Harvey shield which is presented annually to the low competitor in the tournament. Nebel finished with an 83 (+11), while Dunn carded an 82 (+10) and Walker closed out the event with an 81 (+9) to help Whitevale earn their fifth title since the inaugural event in 1931.
Runner-up honours went to the team representing The Devil’s Pulpit Golf Association. Oakville resident Brian Semkiw delivered a 76 (+4), while Belfountain resident Kent Klim carded an 86 (+14). Caledon’s Marty Quincey and Michael Sloan both came in with 79’s (+7) for a total team score of 320 (+32).
The bronze medals were awarded to the team from The National Golf Club of Canada, which consisted of Dan Partland of Bolton, Michael Horrocks of Etobicoke, Woodbridge resident Albert Passero and Paul Policaro. The foursome posted a score of 321 (+33).
The team from Brampton Golf Club finished in fourth place at 325 (+37), followed by Weston Golf and Country Club and The Club at North Halton who tied for fifth place at 326 (+38).
The George S. Lyon Team Championship was first played in 1931 and ran consecutively until 2000. Originally an inter-club championship, the event was reinstated in 2006 and is named after 1904 Olympic Golf gold medalist George S. Lyon, who still stands as the reigning Olympic champion of the sport. 2013 marks the first time the event was contested as a senior competition.
The GAO would like to thank The Club at Bond Head for their support of the event as well as each of the golf clubs that entered the Championship.