Symons and Griff Advance to Finals


Canadian Tour-LargeDrew Symons of Woodstock, ON drained a crucial two-and-a-half foot birdie putt on the 17th hole Saturday to lift he and teammate Darren Griff (Salt Spring Island, BC) into the championship of the $105,000 Quebec PGA Casino de Charlevoix Cup.
All square with Davidson Matyczuk (Thunder Bay, ON) and Blair Piercy through sixteen holes of the Canadian Tour division final at Manoir Richelieu Golf Club, Symons nailed his tee shot on the 160-yard, par-3 17th, hitting a slope behind the pin before rolling back and nearly dropping into the cup.
Symons and Griff, ranked 11th heading into this match-play tournament, will now take on Jean-Louis Lamarre and Pete Bousquet, who eliminated Marc Girouard and Keven Senecal on the third playoff hole to win the QPGA final.
I didnt feel a lot of pressure but it was a downhill putt, so I knew if missed it would roll 15 feet past the cup, said Symons of his winning stroke. I just didnt want to halve the hole after getting it so close off the tee.
The putt was worth $8,000 for the twosome - had they lost Saturday, they would have collected a cheque for $8,000 between them. Reaching Sundays final means a guaranteed $16,000, with the winner taking home $20,000.
On the final hole, Matyczuk had a chance to pull all square again following a brilliant approach shot, but his eight-foot birdie attempt brushed by the hole.
Davidson made a great shot, but that was a tough putt, reasoned Griff. Those guys are two of the best putters on Tour, so it was a bit of a surprise it didnt fall. Obviously, Drews putt was very timely for us, but we made some great shots all day long.
Matyczuk, who teamed with Piercy to defeat the top-seeded duo of Kenneth Staton and Steve Woods in quarter-final play Friday, felt he and Piercy didnt get the clutch shot when they needed it.
As the stakes got bigger, we didnt play well, he said. We never got close enough to give ourselves a chance at birdies. Its tough to make birdie when youre chipping all day. But it could have been worse - we could have lost in the opening round.