The new shootout format will make for some interesting story lines, but if Ed Maunder continues his GHT dominance on Monday at Rattlesnake Point Golf Club in Milton, he will raise the John H. Davis Cup for the first time.
Last season, heading into the finals, Maunder was winless but had the most consistent season of all the players, never dropping out of the top 5 in any event. With one tournament remaining on the schedule, Maunder was knocking on the door in second place behind Yong Woo Kim. However, a disappointing round of 76 at Glencairn dropped Maunder to third place. Yong Woo Kim maintained his lead defeating Fraser McIntyre by 6.60 points.
This season Maunder got a bye into the GHT Elite 8 Finals as the Regular Season leader of the CaddyPro Order of Merit...
However, all the wins and all the statistical gems may be for not as the GHT Elite 8 will compete in a single round low gross shootout for the John H. Davis Cup on Monday at Rattlesnake Point. The full list of players competing for the John H. Davis Cup are as follows:
- 1. Ed Maunder - 67.9 scoring avg, $2615.00 (1st), 4 wins, 36 birdies, 67 pars
- 2. Brian Hutton - 2012 PGA of Canada Club Professional Champion, 71.7 scoring avg, $1205.33 (3rd)
- 3. Mark MacDonald - 72.7 scoring avg, $807.83 (7th), 17 birdies, 59 pars
- 4. Kyle Gibson - 75.2 scoring avg, $475.33 (12th), 16 birdies, 54 pars
- 5. Alf Callowhill - 2013 PGA of Ontario Assistant's Champion, 72.2 scoring avg, $1415.33 (2nd), 1 win
- 6. Conor O'Shea - 2013 PGA of Ontario Match Play Champion, 70.3 scoring avg, $1197.50 (4th), 1 win
- 7. Bradlee Ryall - 69.3 scoring avg, $690.00 (9th), 16 birdies, 43 pars, 4 events played
- 8. Jim Kenesky - 2013 PGA of Ontario Assistant's Spring Champion, 71.4 scoring avg, $1162.50 (5th)
Looking at the list of players, there are two players that stand out as statistical underdogs. Don't let the stats trick you. Mark MacDonald of Blue Springs put together his best season on the GHT and has become a very consistent player over the last two seasons. Kyle Gibson of King's Forest made his way into the playoffs via some high rolling rounds that saw him threaten leads in the last two events played, not to mention he hits it a mile and can make birdies as quick as anyone.
However, it's hard to count out the likes of Brian Hutton the highest ranked GHT member in the PGA of Canada Player Rankings (9th). Alf Callowhill the 2011 John H. Davis Cup Champion and 2013 PGA of Ontario Assistant's Champion. Conor O'Shea the 2013 PGA of Ontario Match Play Champion and one of the most explosive talents on the GHT.
Consistent Players such as Jim Kenesky and Bradlee Ryall will also give Maunder and the rest of the Elite 8 some cause for concern as their names always seem to be close to the top of the leader boards when the GHT gets together for an event. Both players struggled coming down the stretch at Beverly, but held on to what would be the final two spots in the GHT Elite 8.
When it's all said and done and the winner takes home the John H. Davis Cup, one thing is certain... they will have earned their spot on the trophy. Stay tuned throughout the day on Monday for live scoring and twitter updates. It's sure to be a great final round of the GHT Season.