Report on the 19th EGO GOLF TOURNAMENT
Eestlased Kanadas 14 Sep 2015  EWR
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On September 12th, 2015, 70 golfers from across North America gathered for the 19th Annual EGO Golf Tournament at the beautiful Shawneeki Golf Course just east of Newmarket, Ontario. The weather was cool and cloudy during the putting contest and the first 14 holes of play. The final rounds were played in a light drizzle but all the players finished their rounds.

As the golfers arrived for registration they were received by hot coffee and kringel. Lunch was a choice of hamburger or bbq chicken breast on a bun. A le Coq beers imported from Estonia, were made available to all players at a subsidized price of $5.00 per beer. Tarmo Saks who had just arrived from Estonia a week earlier was our first player to get himself an imported Estonian beer from the bar.

George Lacy, the Shawneeki Golf Course Pro welcomed the EGO golfers and went over some of the rules pertaining to the scramble play. Jaak Jarve, EGO president also welcomed this year’s golfers and reminded them that, due to the tournament nature of this event, no “gimmies” or “mulligans” will be allowed for scoring purposes.

At about 12:50 pm, the shotgun EGO tournament carts rolled out from the clubhouse to the awaiting tees and fairways. The course was in excellent shape, and the greens were fast.

The individual winners were as follows:
Hole 1- Ladies Longest Drive- Alexandra Wilbiks
Hole 6- Mens Longest Drive- David Wells
Hole 7- Ladies Closest to the Pin- Paula Sainthill
Hole 9- Everybody Closest to the Pin (Sponsored by friends of Allan Liik)- Robert Trei
Hole 10- Closet to the Beer Case- Marlene Kuutan
Hole 12- Hole in One (Nissan Micra- offered by Rob Brown Alta Nissan- Aurora) No winner
Hole 12- Closest to the Pin (Canadian Childhood Cancer Foundation)- Tõnu Kadai
Hole 14- Mens Closest to the Pin- Tim Sellers
Hole 17- Straightest Drive- Helle Varrik

All of the individual winners received a $100.00 gift certificate from BEST BUY. Robert Trei won a complimentary bottle of Cognac on the Allan Liik memorial hole, presented by Allan’s sister Maret Liik.

Tõnu Kadai won a driver from the Canadian Childhood Cancer Foundation.
The putting contest was ably run by our steadfast Putting Meister Tony Kadai.
Men’s putting champion Mark Vaher with a score of a perfect 150 points.
Women’s putting champion was Helle Varrik with 100 points.
Both putting champions received brand new putters.
For the Individual Championship low gross men’s top three winners were:
1st Place- Jako Pettinen 86
2nd Place- Peeter Ojala 88
3rd Place- Jason Brooks 90
For the Individual Championship low gross ladies top two winners were:
1st Place- Kathy Põldre 123
2nd Place- Eneri Taul 156
The winners for the Scramble Teams are as follows:
Ladies top three teams
1st Place- Aili Wells, Melissa Varrik, Paula Sainthill, Katriina Sainthill 75
2nd Place- Marlene Kuutan, Tiiu Tõnisson, Riina Klaas 87
3rd Place- Kitty Murray, Hilda Kopli, Valve Nystrom 91
Mens top three teams
1st Place- Urmas Migur, Gary Furniss, Tim Sellers, Enn Vaher 66 *
2nd Place- Daniel Wells, David Wells, David Lodu, Jonas Varrik 66*
3rd Place- Margus Heinmaa, Ray Skyvington, Thomas Vanaselja, Paul Kako 67
*Both these teams were tied in scores and only by using the “rock- paper-scissors” method of
tie-breaking did the first place winners get their due recognition.

Mixed top three teams
1st Place- Alexandra Wilbiks, Tyler Krabi, Brody Krabi, Jonathan Wilbiks 72
2nd Place- Helle Varrik, Enn VArrik, Jarek Varrik, Kristen Murray 75
3rd Place- Paul Saumets, Kaili Toome, Erik Silmberg, Aleksander Sui 77

When the players came into the clubhouse after their round of golf they were treated to Ulle Veltmann’s “liha pirukad”( a meat pastry). Dinner was prepared by the Shawneeki chef Lundeen. The chicken and rib entrée was delicieux! Many went back for seconds on those tasty, spicy ribs.
The Estonian Toronto Credit Union offered a $300.00 GIC gift certificate from a ballot box where all the EGO players had submitted their draw tickets. ETCU representative Priit Nikker picked the winning ballot. The winner was Peeter Nielander. Following dinner, Jaak Jarve distributed out the raffle winning prizes. The raffle generated $880.00 for the EGO tournament. Some of the top prizes included Maple Leaf hockey tickets, free rounds of golf at the Shawneeki golf course, LCBO gift cards and LCBO bottles and bundles, EKKT art albums, divot repair tools, EGO coffee cup holders, golf lamp and golfing mounted posters, speaker mount for an Ipod, a women’s windbreaker, and Saku golf towels . Many thanks for the golfers who donated many premium raffle prizes.

The tournament was a huge success due to the participation of the players but also our sponsors- Estonian Foundation of Canada, Estonian Toronto Credit Union, Heinsoo Insurance, Mark Vaher REMAX Premier, Estonian House Café- Ulle Veltmann, friends of Allan Liik, Jack Lake Productions Inc., and a special thanks to Rob Brown from Alta Nissan Aurora for the 2015 Juke opportunity.
EGO (Estonian Golf Club of Ontario) would also like to thank Hillar Agur for his help during the day at registration and spotting on Hole #12. Thanks to talented Peeter Põldre who brought his camera and captured the day.

Thank you George Lacy and the entire Shawneeki Golf Course team, you made us feel at home again.

See you all again next year, our 20th anniversary!

Jaak Järve
 
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