2012 C B Macdonald Challenge
and Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship
Niagara Golf Club, September 8-9 2012

The tenth annual C B Macdonald Challenge and Eastern Canadian Championship was played the weekend after Labour Day at historic Niagara Golf Club in Niagara-on- the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

Sixty avid hickory players – eight ladies, nine super seniors twenty seniors and twenty-three open division players – battled for the Jim McNeil Championship trophy.

Saturday morning's play was cancelled when a powerful storm knocked down tree limbs and brought heavy showers to the area.

A trade show was held Saturday morning and a buffet lunch was served. The weather cleared by 1:00 pm, and many played a few holes "between the rain drops". Many of the women spent the afternoon shopping in the quaint downtown area.

Approximately half the field met for dinner on Saturday evening at The Grill on King. Many were accompanied by spouses. The food was great and the camaraderie was even better.

The format for Sunday was altered slightly to include fifteen better ball matches as well as thirty individual medal play games. Sunday morning playing conditions were much better. The greens were fast and receptive to well placed shots. A gentle breeze off Lake Ontario and temperatures in the 60's made for good scoring. Patrick Potter opened the day's play by parading up the first fairway playing several tunes, including Shanendohah, on his bag pipes.

In the better ball event, Canada scored 8.5 points to the American's 6.5 points. Sub-par scores were achieved in a few of the matches. In the individual matches, USA scored 15.5 points to Canada's 14.5 points.

As the score cards trickled in to the scorer,
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Team Canada - the winning team
tension built as spectators and competitors could see how close the matches were. Final tally for the day – Canada won the C B Macdonald Challenge by a single point – 23 points to 22 points for the American team.

In the ladies' division of the Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship, last minute entrant Sally Vesey (Oshawa, Ontario) shot a fine 85 to win. Patrice Golde (New York) was runner up with a score of 94.

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Sally Vesey ladies winner and Patrice Golde, runnerup
Super senior Bill Turville (Toronto, Ontario) won his division for the third consecutive year with a score of 78. Barry Deathe (London, Ontario) was runner up in the super senior division, shooting an 86.

In the senior division, Bob West (Kingston, Ontario) and Rusty Wells (Pinehurst, North Carolina) shot matching 77's. Wells won the division in a scorecard playoff.

Winner of the Jim McNeil Memorial Trophy was Brian Schuman (New York) with a wonderful round of 36 - 36 - 72!
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Super Senior winner Bill Turville and runnerup Barry Deathe with Paul Dietz
As you may recall, Schuman finished second to Bob Sly in 2011, after losing in a playoff. Schuman made sure of his victory with great approach shots and wonderful putting prowess. Runner up in the open division – he won't admit to being a senior – was David Ellis (Zanesville, Ohio), shooting a 76, which included a fine 35 on the first nine!

Congratulations to all our champions and thank you to all who participated in the tenth annual CB Macdonald Challenge and Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship. Many thanks to our American guests who travelled from ten different states!
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Brian Schuman - Champion and Dave Ellis - Runnerup

Please save the date – The eleventh annual CB Macdonald Challenge and Eastern Canadian Hickory Championship will be played September 6–8, 2013.

Note: Bob Sly, our defending champion, was unable to participate this year due to injuries received in a freak accident while playing baseball. We wish Bobby well and hope he can return for 2013's event.

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2012 C B Macdonald Challenge