And the 2019 edition at the Lynbrook Golf and Country Club was no exception.
A ton of early upsets. First-round match-ups that could have been the ‘A’ final. And even a lost ball during the championship game.
Through it all, perennial men’s city championship contender Brett Sentes emerged unscathed, defeating Tim Jackman in the championship final on Sunday afternoon.
“It was fun, it’s good to have it back here after that one-year absence,” Sentes said shortly after his 28-25 win in the title game. “We had a horse race on Saturday, so that was good, and there were a lot of people out watching the finals. So it was a really good day and I somehow pulled it out.”
The tournament format sees players playing three balls each from 150 yards, 100 yards and 50 yards, adding up to the Par-27 total.
The final became nearly anti-climactic right off the first round of shots when Jackman put one of his shots from 150 left and into the trees in front of the Hole 2 green used for the title match. The ball never came to earth, leading to Jackman taking a five with that ball and 13 overall. Sentes, meanwhile, pared all three of his balls from 150, giving him a four-shot lead right off the hop.
“That was too bad, that kind of dulled things up a bit, took away some of the drama,” Sentes said of Jackman’s early struggles. “You want to make sure you get off to a really good start, and par is nice or a 10 is even okay. But you don’t want to start off bad right off the bat, so getting a par is the way you want to do it.”
Jackman advanced to the final with wins over Barry Silk in the first round of the championship draw, John Schmidt in the quarter-final and Jim Swaok in the semifinal.
Sentes downed Scott Moerike in his first ‘A’ side match, Terry Shick in the quarters and Tim Peakman in the semifinal.
It was Sentes’ very first match of the entire tournament that raised many an eyebrow, though – none other than Trevor Benson, the former two-time Jorgensen champion and 2018 men’s city champion.
“It sucked,” Sentes said with a laugh of facing Benson in the first round. “No one wants to go up against a guy that good, someone who could potentially win the tournament and who has won it twice before.”
The match had all the drama one would expect: Sentes was down two heading into the 50s and ended up making all three puts to card a six to Benson’s eight. One chip-off later, and Sentes had advanced.
“It’s the luck of the draw, and I’m just glad it worked out,” Sentes said.
Reigning city champion Nick Lepine rebounded from an early upset loss to defeat Benson in the ‘B’ final, while Rod Bearchell downed Tyson McFarlane to win the ‘C’ final and none other than Dave Jorgensen – son of the tournament’s namesake – defeated Curtis Heron to win the ‘D’ side.
The tournament is named after longtime pro shop manager Carl Jorgensen, who passed away due to cancer in the mid-80s. All proceeds from the tournament go to the Canadian Cancer Society.