ALLEN McGEE and Kyle Koskie know their way around the Eagle Creek golf course.
Very well, it turns out.
The pair won the first Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship yesterday with a 36-hole total of 22-under par. They followed up their first-round 59 with a 63 from the tips yesterday for a two-day total of 122, good for a two-stroke victory over Chris Bernard and George Norlock (62-62-124).
ONLY ONE BOGEY
McGee and Koskie, who play the outstanding Eagle Creek layout together a few times a week, combined for 21 birdies and one eagle in 36 holes. Their lone bogey came on the par-5 18th yesterday when they already held a firm grip on the title.
"We just complement each other phenomenally," said Koskie, 27.
"He usually hits it in the fairway and gets it in play," said McGee, 33.
"Then he tries to bomb it and get that extra 40 yards," said Koskie.
"We both hit quality (approaches) and then I just follow him," said McGee. "I hardly putted (yesterday). I didn't putt from the 14th to the 17th holes, same as (Saturday)."
Bernard was left impressed.
"They played unbelievable," he said. "Every time we made a birdie, they'd ram one in on top of it."
Koskie and McGee said the defining moment of the match came at the par-3, 205-yard 15th hole.
Through 14 holes, Bernard and Norlock had whittled a stroke off McGee and Koskie's lead entering the day and trailed by two.
McGee cut a 4-iron to about 15 feet. After Bernard and Norlock missed from about 20 feet, Koskie drained the putt to give them a three-stroke lead with three holes to play.
"I think the real reason we won is maturity," said McGee. "I'm 33 now and the father of two. He's 27. A few years ago we would have been all over the place, trying to hit it 350 yards. We play (at Eagle Creek) every day. We've each shot 65s and 66s. We've learned to just play our game, hit fairways and make putts."
"We love this format," Koskie said of the two-man scramble.
LEADERS TAKE FLIGHT
After Saturday's play, the Open Division was cut to the low 20 teams and ties, and the A Flight was moved back to the gold tees.
Tory Deschamps and Phil Patterson, who were in second spot with a 60 after everyone had completed Saturday's suspended opening round, had a 69 yesterday and finished third at 129.
Jeff Ferguson and Adam Folco claimed fourth (66-132).
Retrogression was needed to decide the title in the B Flight and the tournament committee had to go back to the 14th hole before Tyler Paul and John Laforet were awarded the title.
The Paul/Laforet tandem tied with Joel Michaud and Jean Theoret as both teams had 8-under rounds of 64 yesterday to go with their opening-round scores of 71 for 36-hole totals of 135.
Martin Bertrand and Patrick Hamel (70-66), Chuck Chamberland and Mitch Blaser (71-65), and Gabe (Tickler) Louli and Gerry (Chili) Stewart (73-63) tied for third.
The A Flight of the Seniors Division had a spectacular finish as Rene Gareau and Mauril Gauthier turned in an 8-under 64 to come back and win by a stroke. They had a first-round 70 for a total of 10-under 134.
They had entered the day four shots behind first-round leaders Jack Collins and Mike Kelly. The Collins/Kelly duo finished with a 69 for a 135 total.
Tied for third at 137 were the team of Danny Orbin and Kirk Phillip (67-70) and David Dargle and Rai King (68-69).
The Seniors B Flight was captured by Pierre Beaulne and Gilles Tessier with a 72 for a two-round total of 4-over 148. That was one shot better than Robert Charron and Jean-Pierre Latulippe, who closed with a 73.
Scores and the opportunity to sign up for next year's tournament will be available in the next couple of days at ottawasunscramble.com.
OTTAWA SUN SCRAMBLE
Winners of the Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship at the par-72 Eagle Creek Golf Club:
Allen McGee 59-63--122
Tyler Paul 71-64--135
Rene Gareau 70-64--134
Pierre Beaulne 76-72--148