GAO Men's Better Ball Oakdale G&CC

Newman, Whiteside capture 2014 Men’s Better Ball title


TORONTO— Light on and off showers throughout the day could not dampen the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) first championship of the season: the Men’s Better Ball, an event that has been running since 1959. On May 15, Oakdale Golf and Country Club played host to 61 teams (112 golfers) all looking to become this year’s champions.

In the end, it was the team of Brad Newman, from Beacon Hall Golf Club, and Jud Whiteside, Thornhill Golf & Country Club, who shot a seven-under 65 on the day.

Brad Newman and Jud Whiteside receive their Men's Better Ball Trophy from GAO President Jim King.
Brad Newman and Jud Whiteside receive their Men’s Better Ball Trophy from GAO President Jim King.

They edged out the duo of Rob Cowan, Westmount Golf & Country Club, and Dave Bunker, Brampton Golf Course, who finished with a six-under 66. Bunker came into the tournament after a strong performance in late April in Lima, Peru at the Manuel Prado and Carlos Raffo Cups.

Dave Bunker and Rob Cowan finished second in the Men's Better Ball
Dave Bunker and Rob Cowan finished second in the Men’s Better Ball.

There was a five-way tie for third at five-under 67. 2013 Mid-Am Champion Tyler McDannold, Brampton Golf Club, who also had a hole-in-one on the 11th hole, and Brett Saunders, The Club at Bond Head; Nic Powell and Harris Bundy, both from Scarboro Golf & Country Club; Ryan Tsang and Truman Tai, both from Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club; Christian McCullough, Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club, and Alex Dumais, Caledon Woods Golf Club; and Geoff Goodwin and Walt Spivak, both from The Oaks Golf Club, all took home bronze medals.

Brett Saunders and Tyler McDannold were one of the teams who tied for third.
Brett Saunders and Tyler McDannold were one of the teams who tied for third.
Ryan Tsang and Truman Tai also finished in the tie for third.
Ryan Tsang and Truman Tai also finished in the tie for third.

There was no doubt that the weather was a factor during the round, but Whiteside explained that they were prepared for worse. “In general we thought it was going to rain more than it did, so I think we lucked out. We just kept it hole-by-hole and shot-by-shot and didn’t think about it too much.”After the round the winners were thrilled with their victory. “It is a great feeling to win. This is my first time playing in the event and it is awesome to win the first time playing here,” explained Newman.

The team got out to a strong start during the event and never looked back. “We were three-under through four and just continued to play well throughout the rest of the day but it certainly was good to get off to a strong start like that,” said Newman.“We kept saying to ourselves let’s just focus on the next shot and not get too far ahead of ourselves. You never know what the score will be in events like this so if you just keep plugging away and hit your shots well, the score looks after itself,” added Whiteside.

The win was the first GAO championship for either Newman or Whiteside.

2014 Men’s Better Ball Full Results:  

Pos Team +/- Thru Total
1 Newman/Whiteside

-7

F

65

2 Cowan/Bunker

-6

F

66

T3 Goodwin/Spivak

-5

F

67

T3 McCullough/Dumais

-5

F

67

T3 McDannold/Saunders

-5

F

67

T3 Powell/Bundy

-5

F

67

T3 Tsang/Tai

-5

F

67

T8 Crystal/Zeldin

-3

F

69

T8 Fernie/Abraham

-3

F

69

T8 Komsa/Komsa

-3

F

69

T8 Shubley/Dobbs

-3

F

69

T12 Brown/Hosie

-2

F

70

T12 Crowe/Mayhew

-2

F

70

T12 Hutcheson/Keogh

-2

F

70

T15 Benzoni/Hache

-1

F

71

T15 Bowie/Lackey

-1

F

71

T15 Capern/Banks

-1

F

71

T15 Hemmerich/Bishop

-1

F

71

T15 Hollidge/Robertson

-1

F

71

T15 Hoyle/Gerolamy

-1

F

71

T15 Ranton/Watts Denyes

-1

F

71

T15 Ross/Corner

-1

F

71

T15 Stevens/Atkinson

-1

F

71

T24 Carleton/Irving

E

F

72

T24 Drewery/McGrath

E

F

72

T24 Edgar/MacQueen

E

F

72

T24 Farrugia/Savard

E

F

72

T24 Gilmore/Paleczny

E

F

72

T24 Hopper/Smith

E

F

72

T24 Sullivan/Salisbury

E

F

72

T24 Tomchuk/Auger

E

F

72

T24 Young/Simpson

E

F

72

T33 Armstrong/Cann

1

F

73

T33 Chinner/Kalyniuk

1

F

73

T33 Doucette/Zettel

1

F

73

T33 Fell/Evans

1

F

73

T33 Gouett/VanDolder

1

F

73

T33 Simon/Racioppo

1

F

73

T39 Cody/Blair

2

F

74

T39 Farronato/Head

2

F

74

T39 Frook/Dixon

2

F

74

T39 Osborne/Leeman

2

F

74

T39 St-Germain/Frauts

2

F

74

T44 Finlayson/Kudoba

3

F

75

T44 Matunin/Tallis

3

F

75

T44 Sherman/Fine

3

F

75

T47 Adamson/Simpson

4

F

76

T47 McCarthy/Ion Young

4

F

76

T47 Park/Thomson

4

F

76

T47 Smalley/Hammond

4

F

76

51 Winter/Contardi

5

F

77

T52 Bunting/Mogridge

6

F

78

T52 Jones/Tanaka

6

F

78

T52 Mcnair/Moffatt

6

F

78

T52 Steiner/Hunter

6

F

78

56 Chamberlain/Penney

7

F

79