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Tong Takes Title

Waterloo | by Bayshore News Staff  

GAO Women's Champion of Champions Needs Playoff

It was a dramatic end to the day, on June 11 at the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) Women’s Champion of Champions event, as 18 holes at Grey Silo in Waterloo were not enough to crown a winner. In the end it was two more holes for two players who were paired together throughout the day: Thornhill’s Elizabeth Tong and Kitchener’s Sarah Dunning, with Tong eventually earning the victory.

The pair finished their rounds both at one-over 72, four strokes better than the next closest players. For Tong, the 21-year-old member of the University of Indiana golf team, she was able to jump out to the lead on the front nine. However, her playing partner, 19-year-old University of Toronto team member Dunning, would make a charge on the back nine, playing it two-under par. That forced a playoff, beginning on the first hole.

Both players made par on the first playoff hole and they moved to the nearby 18th to try and decide a winner. After Tong, the Ladies Golf Club of Toronto member, played her tee shot in the middle of the fairway, Dunning, representing the Galt Country Club, struck hers well left into very tall grass. She was able to find it, but was forced to take an unplayable lie. Even though she recovered, that stroke allowed Tong to three-putt for the win.

“It was really fun to win the Champion of Champions,” said Tong. “I actually thought it might be over after the first playoff hole because she (Dunning) hit it really close and I thought she would make the putt. Things turned in my favour though, when she found the deep grass and I knew I had a five to win, but I was still nervous.”

Even though Tong controlled things for most of the day, since she was playing with Dunning, Tong knew just how close her opponent was to catching her. “It was fun to watch her because she was making all of these long putts to save par and make birdie, but at the same time I knew she was getting closer.”

Tong admits to a few mishaps on some holes, but says she felt like she played decently throughout the round. “I would definitely say the strongest part of my game today was my putting, even though I three-putted the final hole. Still, the rest of the day I was two putts or less.”

Finishing in a tie for third were Oshawa resident and Kendron Dells Golf Course member Lynn Morrison and Kelly Koselek from Toronto and Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club who each shot five-over 76.

The Ontario Women’s Champion of Champions event is contested annually and features female club champions from Golf Association of Ontario member clubs across the province. The GAO would like to thank Grey Silo for hosting the 2014 event.


1     Elizabeth Tong  Ladies GC of Toronto (p)     +1     F     72     
2     Sarah Dunning  Galt Country Club     +1     F     72     
T3     Lynn Morrison  Kedron Dells Golf Course     +5     F     76     
T3     Kelly Koselek  Cedar Brae G & CC     +5     F     76     
5     Marion Reid  Islington GC     +6     F     77     
6     Mary Lou Henderson  Kingsville Golf & Country     +7     F     78     
7     Alex Amos  West Haven G & CC     +8     F     79     
8     Mackenzie Butzer  Maple City Country Club     +9     F     80     
T9     Ivy Steinberg  Granite GC     +10     F     81     
T9     Allyson Harrison  Glen Lawrence Golf Club     +10     F     81     
T9     Sonia Nagindas  Meadowbrook Golf & Countr     +10     F     81     
12     Patty Vance  Blue Mountain G & CC     +11     F     82     
13     Angela Colm  Whitevale GC     +12     F     83     
T14     Jeanne Beaith  Dalewood GC     +13     F     84     
T14     Sue Postian  Sunningdale GC     +13     F     84     
T14     Denise Schaefer  Elmira Golf Club     +13     F     84     
T14     Michaela DiMarcantonio  Millcroft Golf Club     +13     F     84     
T14     Lindy Williams  Greystone Golf Club     +13     F     84     
T14     Pamela Piotrowski  Eagle Ridge Golf Club     +13     F     84     
T14     Allison Kim  Donalda Club     +13     F     84     
T21     Sherry Dolbeck  Rebel Creek Golf Club     +15     F     86     
T21     Kathy Pilkey  Sleepy Hollow CC     +15     F     86     
23     Anne McClure  Oakville Golf Club     +16     F     87     
24     Kathie Houghton  Georgian Bay Club     +17     F     88     
T25     Ginny Marshall  Westmount G & CC     +18     F     89     
T25     Sumiko Ozawa  Beacon Hall GC     +18     F     89     
27     Becky Ostrom  Riverbend Golf Community     +20     F     91     
T28     Heidi Greetham  Glen Abbey Golf Club     +21     F     92     
T28     Margaret Lockhart  Oaks of St. George Golf C     +21     F     92     
T28     Mélanie Lamarche  Timberwolf Golf Club     +21     F     92     
31     Elizabeth Russell  Coppinwood     +22     F     93     
T32     Lori Bailey  Wildfire GC     +23     F     94     
T32     Barbara Caplan  The Country Club     +23     F     94     
34     Ruth Garbe  Oakdale G&CC     +24     F     95     
T35     Lori Bishenden  Victoria Park East Golf C     +25     F     96     
T35     Carole Matthewson  Beverly Golf & Country Cl     +25     F     96     
37     Debra Selig  Carrying Place Golf & Cou     +26     F     97     
38     Kim Dubeau-White  Midland G & CC     +27     F     98     
T39     Tracy Duvall  Vespra Hills Golf Club     +28     F     99     
T39     Gerri Boudreau  Sarnia G&CC     +28     F     99     
41     Anita Podolinsky  Heritage Heights Golf & C     +53     F     124     
(p) denotes won playoff, * denotes a 10th hole start

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