The 2021 ECMC Club Championship will consist of 36 holes of stroke play over a two day weekend period. The two rounds of play will take place on the Sycamore Course. Players will be eligible for both Gross and Net competitions with awards given to the top 4 players in each category.
Club Championship playing eligibility requires active membership in the club by playing in at least half of the weekly events and/or 2 monthly tournaments. If players do meet the eligibility requirements, players will be allowed to play in event, but will not be eligible for Gross or Net awards.
2021 Championship Results
Ortiz Wins Playoff Battle, Crowned 2021 Club Champion
Vito Ortiz became the 2021 ECMC Club Champion, winning a six (6) hole playoff with a birdie to knock off defending champion Jason Andrews.
Andrews had a commanding 5 stroke lead after day one of the event, posting an even par 72 in Round 1 on the Pines Course. Ortiz put up a score of 77 (+5) on day one and was tied with Bryan Gaddis for second place, who also shot 77 (+5) through 18 holes. The five stroke lead for Andrews wasn’t enough as it dwindled away throughout the round on day 2.
Dave Riley was on the hunt in round 2 as he was able to post a 1 over (37) front nine and was tied for the lead through 12 holes in the final round. Riley was within striking distance until a wayward drive left on #15 ended his day and chance at the title.
Ortiz was still three off the lead heading into the 14th hole, but started to play solid golf with Pars on 14, 15 and 16. The shot of the round came on the 17th hole, when Ortiz knocked a shot from the left weeds to within 4 feet allowing him to birdie the hole and pull within one shot of Andrews. Andrews went on to double bogey #18, opening the door for Ortiz to tie the lead on the final hole and send the tournament to a sudden death playoff.
Both players were more like themselves in the playoff as the first five holes of sudden death were parred by each of them. Andrews made a nervous downhill par putt on #1 to extend the action. On #3, Ortiz made an incredible 8 foot putt to save par. Andrews barely missed birdies on #4 and #5 that would have ended the tournament, while Ortiz made another incredible 6 foot par putt on #5 to keep his title hopes alive for another hole. On the sixth playoff hole, Vito nailed his tee shot from 190 yards to roughly 8 feet. Andrews missed the green, but chipped close and had an imminent par save. Ortiz stepped up and drained his putt, giving him a birdie and the 2021 ECMC Club Champion Crown.
In the battle for the ECMC Net Championship, Bryan Gaddis was crowned the 2021 ECMC Net Champion. Gaddis held a one stroke lead after day 1 on the Pines Course, posted a Net 70 (-2) in round 1 and giving him the overnight lead over Bill Parliament and Rich Risotti (71) at -1. On day two, Gaddis started off hot with six straight pars. Meanwhile, Parliament got off to a poor start putting him behind the eight ball the rest of the day. Risotti’s troubles came on the Par 5, second hole, which ultimately lost him his chance at the Net title. Gaddis faltered on the final three holes of the front nine and ended up +3 (39) going out on Sunday. He battled mental and physical demons the entire back nine, but was able to post a Net score of 73 to tie Risotti at 143 through 36 holes. Gaddis’ solid play on both #15 and #2 along with Risotti’s major mishap on #2 gave Gaddis the 2021 ECMC Net Championship title.
Congratulations to all of the Winners. Detailed results are available by clicking the links below: