Dynamic duo scrambles to top

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Kyle Koski and Allen McGee knew it was going to come down to the 18th hole at Eagle Creek.

As they battled to defend their title at the Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship, word had filtered out onto the course about the 14-under-par 58 posted by Scott Johnson and Jim Bursey yesterday to put that duo in the clubhouse at 21-under for the championship.

Koski and McGee needed a birdie on the final hole to win their second-straight Sun Scramble.

No problem.

The Koski-McGee tandem hit the par-5 18th in two and two-putted from 12 feet to win, making theirs the only names on the Open Division trophy as they won the second annual tourney.

They had their second straight 61 yesterday for a two-round total of 22-under for the second straight year to beat Johnson and Bursey by a shot, despite that 58 from the tips, which is a single-round tournament record.

"After we made a birdie on 14, we knew we were three up (for the tournament) and one back on the day. After we made pars on 15, 16 and 17, we knew it was going to come down to 18," said Koski.

SWITCHED ORDER

Standing on the tee of the 577-yard par-5 -- the best risk/reward hole in the city with its peninsula offering a short cut to the green -- Koski and McGee shook up their batting order.

McGee, the longer hitter of the two off the tee, went first. He gunned for the peninsula knowing Koski could take the longer route if he missed.

"Kyle hits the island 50-50. I didn't want to have him miss and then have to try and steer one onto the island," McGee said. "I put a great swing on it and we had 190 yards to the pin."

Koski hit a 4-iron into the middle of the green and with their birdie pretty much assured at that point, McGee took an aggressive line and hit a 6-iron to 12 feet.

Two putts later, they had their birdie and the title.

"Today we played like a team," said McGee. "We're going to be back to defend our title next year for sure."

The Johnson-Bursey duo had just 23 putts yesterday as they went 31 on the front and 27 on the back -- including an eagle on No. 18 -- for their 58.

"I got a chance to see the line first. It was just one of those days," said Johnson. "There was no guess work. The greens are so good here, if you get the ball on line it goes in."

Trevor Scott and Marc Carrier finished third at 15-under after a 65. Fourth place was taken by Peter Synishin and Derek Maclean with a pair of 65s and a 14-under total.

John Downing and John Pulcine had a 64 to move up into fifth place with a two-day total of 13-under.

Dale Dorion and Eric Smith, who were second entering yesterday's play, had a 71 and finished tied for sixth at 11-under, along with Eagle Creek pro Darryl Lepage and partner Derek Cantley (66-67) and the team of Bill Arvranitis and Charles Garland (65-68).

The Senior A Division was won by Mike Chevrier and Dave Saunders with a sizzling 64, which featured a 6-under 30 on their inward nine as they charged to victory from fifth place. Combined with their 70 Saturday, that gave them a two-round total of 10-under 134, good for a three-shot victory.

They had birdies on holes 10, 11, 12, 14, 16 and 18 yesterday to take control, and beat out Mike O'Farrell and Jim Delahunty (68-69-137), Larry and David Skinner (68-69-137), and John Burke and Lu Ravalico (69-68-137).

"For our first 27 holes, we didn't convert as well as we should have," said Chevrier.

Added Saunders: "Mike hit his irons really well on the back nine and we converted. It could have been a 28 or a 29."

Defending champions Rene Gareau and Mauril Gauthier wound up in fith after a 72.

TOP SPOT

In Senior B, Grant Skinner and Larry Henderson earned top spot with a 67 to go with their first-round 73 and a two-round total of 4-under 140. That was good for a four-shot victory over Gates Renaud and Fernand Raby. John Fagan and Ted Yabsley were another shot back after rounds of 73 and 72.

In Open B, Max Barr and Frank Theoret turned in a 68 for a two-round total of 5-under 139, edging Gabe Louli and Jerry Stewart by one shot.

The Louli-Stewart tandem finished with a 69, as did Michael Farquharson and John Vincent, who finished third at 3-under par.

ACE CLUB: Roch Lalande aced the tough fourth hole yesterday (175 yards from the blue tees) with a 5-iron and delighted his fellow competitors by keeping a steady supply of pitchers available at the bar.


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