Crampton wins a squeeker!
Bouchard drains hole in 1!

 

                  

 
 

Mathieu Bouchard accepts hand shake from Golf Pro David Guay, for his exploits on Hole # 7 on Sunday July 3rd, 2011

Jordan Crampton, all smiles after winning 1st Green Jacket (Final Score 142)  

                  

 

July 4th, 2011

Finally we got good weather!!!  For years now the Bob Young Invitational has been plague with what we call horrible weather conditions, but following a beautiful Saturday, clouds came in to scare some off, but while I was monitoring the radar very closely, I knew that this weekend would go without a glitch. 
 
Saturday saw Jordan Crampton,  a young man from London, Ontario, shoot an excellent round of 67 to take a 2 shot lead over past champion André Robichaud's 3-under par 69.  Now, 67 is 5-under par, which means a flurry of birdies with very few mistakes.  Lurking 3 shots behind was Jordan's uncle, Dan Piché.  Which means that Robichaud, Uncle and Nephew were going to play 18 holes for the traditional Green Jacket awarded to the events best golfer.

As I followed the final group on the back nine. I could sense that uncle Dan was working away at the lead trying to apply some pressure on the young leader.  Crampton managed to extend his lead, it was now 5 shots up on Piché and 4 shots up on André Robichaud.  André stumbled out of the blocs on the back 9 with an 8 on #10, while Crampton and Piché both had pars.  Piché picked up a stroke on #11 and was now 4 behind with 7 holes to go.  After pars on holes 12&13, Piché pulled out a par while Jordan bogeyed # 14, lead was now down to 3.  If momentum is often used in any sports, Piché, despite being now down by 3 had the young buck where he wanted him, and he wanted him thinking...and he wanted him playing a little scared, playing with a lead is not that easy.

Now playing the famous hole #15 (par 5), Crampton slipped again while uncle Dan made yet another par.  Lead now down to 2.  Both parred #16, and moved on to #17.  This hole was set up easy: with decent drives, it was a short chip to the hole, really, a birdie hole.  After Crampton missed his birdie, uncle Dan pounced and drained his putt to cut the lead down to 1, with 1 hole to go...Really an exciting finish.  Piché needing to beat Jordan on this last hole and force a playoff.  Pressure was all on Jordan, who was, at this point wishing the tournament was over soon...

Following his final putt, Jordan certainly felt a weight off his shoulders, as his celebration displayed.  Winning the green jacket his uncle continuously pursues every year meant a lot to the young man, the companionship, the competition, makes these moments special, and this was a special moment for both Jordan and Dan.  Jordan praised our event, comparing it to some of the events he plays in, down in Southern Ontario.  While most clubs have gone to a 2-man scramble format, we have stuck to our traditional 36-hole championship, best score wins the green jacket.  And that's the way it should be.

On a final note, Congratulations to Mathieu Bouchard, who made his first hole-in-1!  On hole # 7, sponsored by Office Pro ($2500 in merchandise) here in Kapuskasing, Mathieu took out a 6-iron from a distance of 180 yards, carried the right side bunker and rolled the ball right into the cup.

Many thanks to all participants, which showed up in big numbers (127 golfers) this year (activities surrounding the KDHS reunion certainly helped).  Let's also not forget our sponsors, volunteers and staff for an event that went with NO RAIN...

From the Kap Golf Club
David Guay, CPGA Pro/Manager
On behalf of the committee