The 27-year-old Symons, who missed a 10'foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have won it in regulation, made amends on the first playoff hole with an 18-footer for birdie that gave the Canadian Tour division champions the title over the Quebec PGA tandem of Jean-Louis Lamarre and Pete Bousquet.
It wasnt something I dwelled on (missing the putt in regulation), but sure, it felt good to make the winner, admitted Symons, the 1999 Ontario Amateur Champion. Thats is why we play this game, for moments like that. Darren was the first one to tell me forget the missed putt, theres nothing we can do about it.
Early in the match, it looked as if a playoff was the last thing on the QPGA champions minds. Bousquet and Lamarre birdied two of the first three holes to go 2-up and, had it not been for crucial putts by Griff on the first, fourth and fifth holes, the lead could have been as many as five shots.
But, as they had all week, Griff and Symons took control on holes six through ten, eventually pulling even when Symons grabbed birdie on the 395-yard, par-4 10th. Griffs four-foot birdie putt on No. 14 gave the Canadian Tour their first lead of the day before Bousquet answered with a 15-footer of his own on the 16th that squared things up again.
As bad as our start was, it could have been worse-much worse, said Griff. But give those guys credit-they played well. If Bousquet missed that putt on 16, its pretty well over. We didnt get down on anything all week. It wouldnt be us to beat teams 5-and-4 or 4-and-3 - thats just the way we played.
With the win, Symons and Griff took home the $20,000 winners check, while Bousquet and Lamarre ended up with $16,000.
The tournament, hosted by the QPGA, was the 5th edition of the Casino de Charlevoix Cup, but just the second featuring the players from the Canadian Tour taking on their QPGA counterparts. Last year, Carl Desjardins and Serge Thivierge (QPGA) defeated Wes Martin and Dave Pashko (Canadian Tour) in the final.