Friday, November 7, 2014

EMU’s Christopher Ross Gets Tour Win No. 7 at RedTail Winter Event

(Orlando, Fla.) – Christopher Ross, out of Ontario, Canada, is getting used to making history on the Tour. Ross made national news at the beginning of the year for winning three Tour events in a row, a feat not accomplished since Zach Johnson did it in his magical 2001 Tour Player of the Year season earning him the nickname back to back to back Zach. Then, this past week, Ross was dubbed Mr. Albatross by Golfweek’s Andy Zunz after making his third albatross of the year during the Tour’s winter event at Orange County National. Now, thanks to a four hole playoff win against Kentucky alum Andy Winings, Ross has made history again by earning his 7th career Tour victory. Ross and Winings (Brownsburg, Ind.) both finished at seven under par for a two day total of 137.

Ross almost claimed his 7th earlier this week. However he lost in a playoff, but bounced back and took care of business this time to claim his $2300 first place check and move into third on the Tour Winter Series Money List. Ross' game plan was simple; make some birdies and hit a lot of fairways. His new 3 wood could be the key to his good play as he gave himself great looks at threes and fours on the par 5's both days and capitalized off of the opportunities. This is the same 3 wood he made his third Albatross of the year with just last week and since has made two eagles as a result. Heading into second stage of Q School next week, posting a 66 in the final round was extremely important to Ross to help carry him into next week. According to Ross, the win and great final round, “are a big time confidence booster.”  Ross finished eagle-birdie just to get into the playoff with Winings and then had to birdie the final two playoff holes of the four to capture the win.

Indiana alum Brant Peaper, out of Tequesta, Fla., finished solo 3rd while Ross’ fellow Canadians Riley Wheeldon and Sebastian Szirmak, who both starred at Louisville, finished in 4th and 5th respectively.

During the 18-hole Monday November 3rd event at RedTail it was Tulsa alum Stephen Carney, out of Tulsa, Okla., who bested Ross on the first playoff hole to earn his 1st professional win. In addition to the $800 1st place prize check, Carney received free entry into the 2-day RedTail event. Toronto’s Szirmak finished in solo 3rd in the 18-hole event.

The Tour would like to think the staff at RedTail Golf Club for hosting such a great event! The Tour Winter Series heads to Shingle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. next week for one and three day events at one of the most popular stops on the Tour Winter Series. The 3-day Monday through Wednesday November 10th-12th event will be the 2nd $40,000 GUARANTEED PURSE event of the season. The Sunday November 9th event winner at Shingle Creek will gain FREE entry into the $40,000 guaranteed purse event.
Fellow EMU alum Spencer Slade gets 2nd win of season at Carolina Meadowlands

While Ross was winning in Florida, fellow EMU alum Spencer Slade was getting another pro win for the former Eagles. Slade won the Tour Carolina Winter Series event held November 3-5 at Meadowlands Country Club in Calabash, N.C. Unlike Ross, Slade got his win in regulation finishing two strokes better than Griffith Hunter, out of Radford, Va., and Taylor Pendrith, out of Ontario, Canada. Malone University alum Tyler Light, out of Massillon, Ohio, finished in solo 4th.

Slade, a former Cleveland.Srixon sales rep, birdied four of his final five holes to secure the win and $2,120 first place check. It was his second win on the young season and he credited patience, focus, and timely putting for the performance.

Earlier in the week it was Pendrith, who starred at Kent State, who got the win in the single day 18-hole Meadowlands event held on Sunday November 2nd. Light finished 4 shots back alone in 2nd while eventual 3-day event winner Slade finished tied for 3rd.

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