September 7 and 8 saw Toronto Island host the 6th Toronto Island Maple Leaf. This edition of the TIML paid tribute to the 40th Anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd's seminal opus from 1973 that hinted at manís madness and Saturday's weather had more than one golfer shaking their heads about the lunacy of golfing in the extreme wet conditions.
Many first round scores were inflated by the rainy start, including the MA1 players who had the daunting task of challenging par 61 on the 8248 foot layout. Local Andrew Beattie was the closest at 65 while the MA2 players had the slightly easier task of handling the par 59 from the short tees. Eventual MA2 winner Yuri Zukovs was the closest at 63 on the 6639 foot layout in very difficult conditions.
The Pro Masters field featured a top four that managed to stay within a few strokes of each other during the opening round but third and fourth place finishers, Jason Jalonen and Rob Martinek fell back after the second round and front-runners Simon Newman and Michael Sullivan took advantage of the improving conditions by going under par to put some distance between them and the rest of the MPM division.
In the Open division, the effect of the rain was less evident as touring pros Avery Jenkins and Brad Schick shot 59s, followed by rising Canadian pro Martin Hendel from St. Thomas, Ontario who carded a par 61.Local young guns Greg Grootenboer and Scott Jameson were next with 66 and 67 while Paul Ulibarri, more used to the desert conditions of Arizona struggled to a 69.
All players played round two off the shorter Amateur tee pads and all the top four Open players shredded the course firing scores from 48-50 to take a commanding lead and allowing Ulibarri to get back into the mix.
Sunday brought sunny skies and smiling faces back to the Island. Yuri Zukovs held his substantial lead in the MA2 division throughout the final found and finished with a 13 stroke margin of victory.
Bramm Happner held a one stroke lead over Chris Ozolins going into the final round of the MA1 but couldn't hold it as Oz shot a hot final round 64 to take the MA1 title and the Lightening DB5 basket that went with it.
The Pro Masters became a two horse race with several lead changes but never more than a two stroke difference. In the end, Island Pro Simon Newman needed all he had to hold off fellow Islander and Disc Golf Hall of Famer Michael Sullivan by a final margin of two strokes.
Going into the final round of the Mens Open division, Brad Schick held a 4 stroke lead over Avery Jenkins and Martin Hendel followed by Paul Ulibarri nine strokes back of Avery and Martin. Paul let out all the stops, firing a 2 under 59 on the final round featuring some amazing shots on the tough Toronto Island layout. He nearly caught Hendel who slipped to a 66 but held on the third place.
Avery Jenkins and Brad Schick both shot impressive 6 under par 55s on the final 18 to ensure their first and second place finishes. Avery was knocking on the door all afternoon but Brad answered the door by making impressive putts from everywhere.
Brad's victory repeated the result from 2011 when he held off Avery and Kim Scott-Wood to win the 4th Toronto Island Maple Leaf. In fact, since winning the Toronto Island Open in 2000 in his first year as a pro, Avery has finished second at the Maple Leaf the past three consecutive years. We hope he continues to return to challenge for the Maple Leaf title next year.
2013 winner Brad Schick repeated his 2011 victory with his strong, smart play and course management that is so important on Toronto Island. Deadly accurate putting certainly helps as well. Brad is a consummate professional and a worthy winner of the 2013 Toronto Island Maple Leaf. See you all next September for TIML number 7.
Welcome to the 6th Annual Toronto Island Maple Leaf!
The big change for this years event is that we are a full PDGA sanctioned "A" Tier for both Pros and Amateur players.
This means that you must be a current 2013 PDGA registered member to play this event. No temporary memberships will be available to play in the TIML. This change is to help promote Ontario's profile in the sport and to showcase the best players from near and far.
This development recognizes the work and support that PDGA Canada has done for the progress of our sport. Through their assistance in building new courses and in representing players and clubs to the general public, Disc Golf is expanding its profile and getting positive feedback from players and sponsors alike.
Registration for the 2013 Toronto Island Maple Leaf will open July 1, 2013 but check back here regularly for updates and announcements.
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Pro Divisions will play four rounds, two on Saturday. and two on Sunday.
In anticipation of attendance by some of the top touring PDGA professionals including World Champions, the Amateur divisions will play three rounds, two on Saturday and one on Sunday morning so that they will have the opportunity to follow the Pro field on their final round on Sunday
The Pro event will include $3,000 cash added to the Pro purse and the Amateur field will play for the traditional trophy awards augmented by generous players packs and some special prizes for the top four finishers in each Amateur division.
Lunches will be included for both Saturday and Sunday.
A players and guests party is being planned for Saturday nightand details will be published as they become available.
Registration for the 2013 TIML is now Closed.
All players must be PDGA current members to register for this PDGA sanctioned "A Tier" event.
All non-current ODSA members add $8.00
MPO, FPO and MPM $100.00
MA1,FW1 and MA2 $60.00
All Players indicate shirt size from XS to 4XL
To ensure tournament shirt delivery in time for the event, registration must be received by August 22.
Late entries will receive their tournament shirts after the event date.
We will accept tournament registration until the event fills, however registration will close September 3rd.
There will be no day of tournament entries.
Player divisions will be limited to the following capacities based on historical attendence numbers. These numbers may be adjusted by the TD as the event fills.
Female Open 5
Female Amateur 5
Saturday Night Dinner is optional and will be served at the course headquarters area soon after Round Two is completed. The exact menu is to be determined but will likely consist of a hot buffet including chicken, veg, potatoes and salad. If you prefer a vegetarian option, please advise via email. Guests of players are welcome to purchase dinner at the same cost.
Par 3 Contest...Open to all registered competitors.
A 2 X 9 hole par 3 track...bring your birdies to the Island.
Friday afternoon/$10 entry plus added cash.
100 % payout. Details to follow.
|10:30||Start Round 1
Long Tees -MPO,FPO,MPM,AM1
|13:30-14:30||Break for Lunch|
|15:00||Start Round 2
Long Tees ĖMPO,FPO,MPM,AM1
|18:00||Update Day One Scores|
|18:30||Saturday Dinner Party|
|19:00||Wards Island Ferry for the early to bed crowd|
Will advise course changes
especially Island Hole 15
|09:30||Round 3 Starts
All Divisions play Short Tees
Final Round for AM1,FW1,AM2
|12:30-13:30||Break for Lunch|
|14:00||Final Round start for
the Long Tees
|17:00||Update Scores (settle any ties)|
|18:00||Awards and Closing Ceremonies, (CTP, and Raffle draw)|
|19:00||Wards Island ferry
(and Lake disc toss)