Several weeks ago, I
shared a note with you about a young South African who was wending his way
across North America as a touring golf
professional. Andrew Georgiou had earned a ticket to the Canadian Open, and was
moving on to the Canadian PGA circuit.
Andrew Georgiou, at the Canadian Open
Last weekend, he and
his fellow professionals played in Morrisburg, Ontario, near Upper
A golfer from Chile, Hugo Leon, birdied two of the final three holes to
win his second PGA TOUR Canada
After the final
breathed a sigh of relief: “This one is big for me. My game hasn’t been the
same for me since November of 2011, and I have worked as hard as I ever have in
my life the last year and a half to get back there. I feel very accomplished
right now, and I feel very happy.” The top five finishers on the tour earn
their way onto the “Order of Merit”, and receive a Web.com card for next
season. The win moved Leon
to the number four position on the list.
Hugo Leon, at the Great Waterway Classic
Leon finished one
stroke ahead of Brandon Harkins, from Scottsdale, Arizona. The next four finishers were also
from the United States.
Andrew Georgiou was next in line, finishing 17 strokes under par, and five
shots off the pace. It was Georgiou’s best finish on the tour thus far this
season. He shot a sparkling 62 in the second round of the tourney, establishing
a course record in the Great Waterway Classic.
I spoke with him
after the tourney. “I am really pleased with the result,” he told me. He and
his group of more than a hundred fellow pros were packing their bags to head to
for this week’s tournament.
At this point in
their careers, it is a grind. There is a large pot of gold at the end of the
golfing rainbow, but it is tough to get there. It is comparable to a minor
hockey player setting his skate on the ice in the NHL.
Invitational will be played on Stoney
Lake, in the heart of
Kawartha country. Opened in 2003, it is a private club that will entertain your
membership providing that you bring along your cheque book. A little more than
twenty grand will get you on the first tee.
A couple of lads from
area will tee it up at Wildfire. Jon Mills and his brother Jeff are expected to
play in the tournament. They are the sons of Dave Mills, a recent inductee into
the Belleville Sports Hall of Fame. Jeff Mills is the Director of Golf at
Wildfire. He attended Jacksonville University in Florida,
and played PGA TOUR Canada
from 1996 to 1998. He played the Great Waterway Classic in 2012, and is a
member of the 2012 CPGA Titleist Cup Team.
Jon Mills, with his dad, Dave Mills
Jon Mills won twice
on the Web.com Tour, and was the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit winner in
2003. He has played more than 250 events on the PGA TOUR and the Web.com Tour.
The Wildfire is the seventh
of nine events on the PGA TOUR Canada
summer season. Course owner, Glenn Stonehouse, has pulled out all the stops for
this tournament. He is inviting a few of his friends and the amateur golfers
from the event over to his “cottage” for an evening of music with Ronnie
Hawkins and the Webber Brothers. Hawkins also lives on Stoney Lake, and
recently earned the honour of being inducted into Canada’s “Walk of Fame”. “The Hawk”
has been a legendary part of the Canadian music scene for decades. We grew up
humming Hawkins’ tunes. I can almost hear “Mary Lou” ready to steal the keys of
my Cadillac car. She has my diamond ring, and “watch and chain”.
As is always the case
in major tournaments, there are practice rounds and Pro-Am events before the
serious golf begins on Thursday. The tournament wraps up on Sunday. In 2015,
the PGA TOUR Canada will
host the event at the Black Bear Ridge course just north of Belleville. Mark that on your calendar right
now. But I plan to see you at Wildfire this week. Check “wildfire.com” for
Daniel Douglas Foster Dulmage
Dan Dulmage was born
in Picton, March 1, 1950. He was raised at the family home at South Bay on
in Prince Edward County.
He attended two elementary schools, Roses
School and South Marysburgh
School, before heading
off to Prince Edward Collegiate. He enjoyed all sports as a youth, and excelled
as a softball pitcher. He led the Picton Legion Bantam team to the Ontario finals in 1965.
Dan Dulmage, at the Family Farm on the Babylon Road
In his final year of
high school, football was re-introduced to The County. Dan played on that team
and was scouted by Tom Mooney from McGill-but at a basketball game! He attended
McGill, and made the varsity football team, as a freshman. He was drafted by
the Calgary Stampeders, but chose to stay in Ontario at Western. He
played there in 1971 and 1972, and was an all star both years. He also won the
award as the most valuable lineman. In 1973, while completing his third and
fourth years of dentistry, Dan joined the Hamilton
Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League.
Chasing Argonauts QB Joe Theisman
That same year, perennial all star
Angelo Mosca retired from football, and Dan took his place as a defensive
lineman. Following his football career, he coached high school football in
Dunnville. In 2010, his 1971 Mustang football team was inducted into the
University of Western Ontario Hall of Fame.
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