Skrypec Wins Ontario Zone Fall Classic

BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON — It was a war against the weather for the 2018 PGA of Canada – Ontario Zone Fall Classic. Monday at The Georgian Bay Club player’s battled rain all day as remnants of tropical depression Gordon hit Ontario and on Tuesday at Lora Bay the rain seemed a world away. Darkness fell upon us at 7:30pm on Monday as the horn was blown with five groups still on the course. Early Tuesday morning the players returned to The Georgian Bay Club to complete their round.

At the completion of round one Danny King of The Performance Academy at Magna and Jake McNulty of Oshawa Golf Club led the tournament at 4-under 67 and hot on their heels at 3-under 68 was James Skrypec, Colin Murray, Sheldon Friske, Rok Hun Cho and Nick Ross.

“I felt calm coming into the tournament, I was prepared for the rain, and didn’t let it bother me,” said Skrypec. “In my mind whenever it rains, I always think to myself that it takes half of the field out of play because they give up in the rain. I was not hitting the ball very well, but all of my misses seemed to stay on line and the distance control was still good enough. I have to credit Adam Beange for the help with my putting. The last couple months, I have been putting the best I have in my entire life with his help, and I rolled quite a few in at GBC in the rain.”

At the turn with the sun finally shining at Lora Bay Colin Murray (Great Lakes Tour) and James Skrypec (The Golf Academy at Deer Ridge) were tied at 7-under for the tournament followed by Danny King at 5-under. As the cards started rolling in, Brian Hadley was leader in the clubhouse at 5-under for the tournament. Hadley has not added this title to his impressive resume and was looking to at least force a playoff.

Skrypec said, “I did not check the leaderboard all day, so I didn’t know where I was in the tournament. Having said that when I was putting in on 18 I thought that I would have fallen short by a shot or two.” Skrypec showing a little frustration at the scoring table said “I was a bit upset once I saw the leaderboard after signing my card because I finished +2 over my last 12 holes and felt like I had let this one slip away.”

With all players in the clubhouse, a three-way tie, and numbers drawn, Skrypec, Hadley and King all at 5-under for the tournament headed back out to the 18th tee where the playoff would start.

“The playoff was fun. My mindset was that “the worst I can do in the tournament is T-2 and winning would be a bonus.” In my life, I am 1-3 in playoffs, my only win coming from a Junior Club Championship I won in a three man playoff when I was 14 or 15 years old. I was drawing on memories of that Junior Club Championship to help stay calm and relaxed. It means a lot to me to win, I’ve been close in a lot of cases and never been able to pull out a win. I want to play more, I feel like I will be a lot more comfortable closing tournaments out now that I know I have before.”

Skrypec takes home $2,500 and 75 points towards the Breenie Cup.

“Both courses were only playing about 6,500 yards on the card but they felt longer,” said Skrypec. “There was no roll on any of the tee shots as the fairways were quite wet. To me GBC is easier to score at than Lora Bay. Lora Bay has more holes that require a straight tee shot, Georgian Bay is wide open off of the tee. The green complexes at both clubs are quite challenging, must be careful not to short side yourself. Love both club’s greens, pure and fast, if you start the ball on line it would go in. I had a great mindset the whole tournament and a different approach than I usually take. I kept telling myself, who cares, just hit it, stop thinking about winning, who cares, how great is it that I am able to do this kind of thing in my life. I had a great chat with Gord Burns at the National Pro-Am and he put it all in a way that made sense to me, for that I thank him for the help.”

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