Prot and Riopelle go lower than low in dominant Sun Scramble round

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What a difference a dozen days made for Jaegar Prot and Jesse Riopelle.

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After reaching the Sun Scramble Open Division tournament by the narrowest of margins — thanks to an agonizing playoff victory in a qualifying event on Aug. 15 — Prot and Riopelle found another gear Friday at The Hylands. .

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Riopelle was dialed in with his wedges and Prot possessed the hot hand with the putter to close the round as the two fired a spectacular 59, leading the field to 13 under par.

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How hot were they? They finished making eagle, birdie, birdie, par, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie – for a grand total of 28 strokes on the back nine.

They now advance to Sunday’s Championship Round at The Marshes as a platoon class.

The pair of former champion Allen McGee and partner Ryan Hale checked in at 10 under, followed by Team Goheen – Kevin and Joshua – and the tandem of Club EG Vice President Andy Rajhathy and Mitch Dale at 9 under.

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« We kind of set ourselves a goal of going nine under today, » Riopelle said. “We thought it would give us a chance to (play) on Sunday. And after being five under to nine, we went on the back nine. Jaegar rolled a few eagle putts today and we kind of kept going.

Prot returned the compliment, in kind.

“At the same time Jesse was there with these little 50-60 yard corners. We made five or six foot putts all day. It won’t be difficult. »

Prot and Riopelle have already competed in the Sun Scramble, but with different partners.

When Riopelle moved to Renfrew Golf Club in Dragonfly this year, the two thought they would give it a shot together.

After a mediocre start in the qualifying event at Equinelle, they finished strong to give themselves at least a slight hope of advancing.

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« We went six under the back nine and put the clubs away, » Riopelle said. « We thought we were going to miss (the cup). »

After waiting 45 minutes after that round just to make sure, Prot and Riopelle were given a second life, as part of a playoff to determine the final team to advance.

That’s when Prot drained a 25-foot putt on the extra third hole, allowing them to move on to Friday.

If there’s a lesson here on how to succeed, it’s all about teamwork.

« We’re never negative towards each other, even if we hit bad shots, » Prot said. « You have to keep the mojo positive. »

The initial goal was simply to get to Sunday. After Friday’s effort, however, they are able to do a lot more.

– At the TMSI Senior Open, two teams – the Dale Watts / Kevin Byrd tandem and the Stan Hogan / Graham Gunn duo – entered under 10, paving the way for Sunday’s championship round.

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The MacLean brothers (Derek and Bruce) finished at 8 under, followed by Craig Domville/Ricky Coulombe at 6 under and Michael Coon/Dwight Gamman at 5 under.

The pair of Perry Freda and Jack Killeen complete the table for the championship round, which finished at under four and then won a three-team playoff to move on.

– Darren Kowalchuk and Bob Pepin topped the Senior B Division, with a 5-under performance, followed by a trio of teams at 3-under. They included Mike Riopelle and Glenn Wilson, The Kreuks (Jerry and Richard) and Steve Peters and Greg Smyth. They too will play for the Championship on Sunday at The Marshes.

— At the Junior Open Kevin Haime, Hudson Turcotte and Ryan Ladouceur finished first at 8 under, one stroke ahead of the brother tandem of Atlas and Isaiah Ibit. This group will also compete for the championship on Sunday at The Marshes.

– In the Kevin Haime Little Junior Open, where Friday’s round determined the champion, Brennan and Adam Miller topped the field, with an impressive 11-under performance. They beat Lucas and Benjamin Serjak (minus-8) and Karson Hulbert and Aidan Reid (minus-7).

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