Twenty-one year old Lucas Kim of Toronto, ON has won the Mandarin Tour’s sixth regular season event at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club by shooting a two day total of nine under par, two strokes ahead of second place finisher Dave Markle who took the lead after 27 holes by two strokes at seven under par. Kim, who led the field after the opening round by two strokes with a five under par 67, had five birdies and one bogey on the final nine holes to take home the trophy and a first place cheque for $4,900. “I had a lot more birdie opportunities on the back nine today,” said a serene but confident Kim. “I hit better approach shots to the green on the back nine. All of my birdies were pretty much within ten feet of the pin with several being tap-ins for birdie,” said Kim. Kim, who plays out of ClubLinks, The Country Club in Woodbridge, ON has been delighted with his play this year. “My game has been pretty solid this year. It’s turning around to the point that I’m really happy with it.” The win was Kim’s third on the Mandarin Tour in the last two years not including his win last year in the Shoot-out. Kim has plans in October to go to Q-School in Nebraska for Stage 1, with the hope of making it through to the finals in West Palm Beach, Florida in December. After that, he’s headed for the remainder of the winter season to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where his parents own a condo.
Thirty year old Dave Markle of Shelburne, who won the Seaforth Classic in July, put together the low round on Day 2 with a five under par 67 to take sole possession of second place. Markle’s six birdies and one bogey was in stark contrast to his opening day round of 70, with six birdies, two bogeys and a double. Markle (70, 67 – 137) took home a cheque for $2,460.
Twenty-six year old Eric Hawerchuk of Barrie, ON had two solid rounds of 69 to take sole possession of third place and a cheque for $1,980. Hawerchuk (69, 69 – 138), who plays out of Tangle Creek G. & C.C., made a charge for the lead by putting together a string of five birdies between the 7th and 16th holes.
Brendan Barrack (69, 70 – 139) and Matt Hoffman (70, 69 – 139) were tied for 4th place at five under par. Hoffman and Barrack earned $1,600 each. Jake Scott (72, 68 -140) took home sole possession of 6th place at four under par. Scott took home a cheque for $1,290. There was a three-way tie at three under par for 7th place between Michael Gligic (70, 71 – 141), Stephen Gonko (70, 71 – 141) and Sebastian Szirmak (69, 71 – 141) with each player earning $1,080. Mitch Sutton (73, 69 -142), David Crawford (71, 71 – 142) and Brian Hadley (69, 73 – 141) were tied for 10th place at two under par. Each earned $855. For a complete list of all of the prize winners and scores visit the Scoreboard at on the Mandarin Tour website.
The Mandarin Tour, sponsored by Mandarin Restaurants, Wesbell Technologies and Hilton Niagara Falls / Fallsview Hotel and Suites is the ultimate developmental golf tour experience, playing championship courses with 100% of the entry fees going directly to the players’ purse.
The Mandarin Tour is holding its $50,000 Hilton Niagara Fallsview Tour Championship at Grand Niagara Golf Club, Niagara Falls, ON from September 15th – 17th, 2015.