Russell Budd Surges to Victory to Win His Second Mandarin Tour, 2 Day Event at Diamond Back G.C.
August 5, 2015 (Richmond Hill, ON) By Terry Griffiths – Twenty-four year old Russell Budd of Toronto, Ontario has won his second professional victory in the Mandarin Tour’s, 2 Day event at Diamond Back Golf Club. Budd surged to victory on the final eighteen holes, in a come-from-behind win, after being in a six-way tie for second place after Day 1 at 3 under par, one stroke back of Zack Kempa at 4 under. Budd took the lead at 5 under par after 27 holes with three birdies and one bogey on the par 3 third hole. From that point on, Budd never looked back and solidified his lead on the final 9 holes with five birdies and 3 bogeys to finish at 7 under, 3 strokes ahead of second place finisher Michael Gligic. Budd was delighted with his second career win since turning pro two years ago with both wins coming on the Mandarin Tour. “I hit my wedges very good today and made a lot of seven to ten foot putts,” said Budd. “The key to my success was staying relaxed and enjoying the day.”
Budd, a Business Management graduate from DePaul University in Chicago was delighted with the win and the Diamond Back course. “The greens were in really good shape; nice and quick,” said an energized Budd who earned $5,000 of the $25,000 purse. Budd, who is sponsored by CAMROST FELCORP, a condo development company specializing in premium residences in Toronto, ON, is one step closer to his objective of playing on the PGA Tour. Budd had two solid rounds (68, 67 – 135) with fourteen birdies on 36 holes. Only one of Budd’s birdies came on a par 3 hole over the two days.
Twenty-five year old Michael Gligic, of Burlington, ON took sole possession of 2nd place (-4) after being in a six-way tie after Day 1. Gligic, had two solid rounds of (68, 70 – 138) and earned $2,500. David Sheman, moved up the leader board after being in 8th place after Day 1, to take sole possession of third place (69, 70 – 139). Sheman earned $2,000. Eric Hawerchuk (71, 69 – 140), David Markle (71, 69 – 140) and Graham Baillargeon 68, 72 – 140) tied for 4th place at -2, each earning $1,517. There was a four-way tie for 7th place at one under par between Jake Scott (74, 67 – 141), Brian Hadley (71, 70 – 141), Jon Rondeau (70, 71 – 141) and Andrew Ledger (70, 71 – 141) with each player earning $1,075. Jake Scott had the low round on Day 2 with a 4 under par 67.
Colton Kalkanis (70, 72 – 142) and Sean Bozuk (68, 74 – 142) were at even par, each earning $888. Day 1 leader, Zack Kempa, fell to 13th place (67, 76 – 143). Kempa was in a 3-way tie with Derek Gillespie (73, 70 – 143) and Mark Hoffman (72, 71 – 143. Each earned $708.
For a full report on the scores and earnings please visit the Mandarin Tour website.
The Mandarin Tour is holding its next 2 Day regular season event at Copetown Woods G.C. just outside of Hamilton, Ontario on August 12th -13th, 2015.
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.