Austin Ryan: Two Tour Championships, Two wins
Austin Ryan: Tour Championship Specialist
The past 6 months have been full of excitement for Austin as he has travelled across both the province and the country competing in golf tournaments. As with any individual sport, the stakes can be high and it takes utmost dedication to thrive in such an environment. Austin has proved that he has the mindset to compete week in week out as one of the top players. He has put an emphasis on this statement the past few weeks, winning the Toronto Players Tour Mike Doyle Tour Championship and the GLT Tour Championship. An incredible few weeks of golf that caps off a great season.
A Win at Cobble Beach
A Win at Cobble Beach
Austin continued his dominance at the GLT Tour Championship at Wildfire Golf Course in Lakeview, Ontario. The tournament was set up as a hybrid model. 20 players were invited on October 13th with only the top 4 gaining entry to the second day. Day 2 consisted of two match play rounds, a semi-finals and a finals. A high pressure type of tournament with only the top golfers making the cut, a perfect set up for some exciting golf.
Austin started off the first say strong birdieing 4 of the first 5 holes and posting a 3under front nine. He elevated his game even further on the back nine, putting up 3 birdies and an eagle for a 5-under back nine. An 8-under, 63 on the first round put him in first place heading into day 2 and set him up for a morning match with Jake McNulty.
Semi Final Match- Austin Ryan vs. Jake McNulty
Austin went up early and was 3-up heading into the back nine. The back nine was a bit of a different story with McNulty winning 3 of the first 4 holes, bringing the match back to a tie. McNulty headed into the final hole 1-up but posted a bogie, allowing Austin to force extra holes with a par. Austin ended up getting the victory on the 19th hole and faced Jake Scott in the finals.
Finals Match: Austin Ryan vs. Jake Scott
Austin got off to a hot start again, heading into the back nine 2-up. Jake continued to battle and brought the match back to a tie after 15. Austin took the lead right back on 16 and held off Jake to win the match and secure the GLT Tour Championship.
The Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada
In addition to his time on the Toronto Players and Great Lakes Tours, Austin has competed on the Mackenzie Tour. The Mackenzie Tour is a PGA Tour Canada tour headquartered in Toronto with events spanning across the country. The Canadian Tour has an impressive list of alumni who have earned PGA tour status including Mackenzie Hughes, and Corey Conners.
Austin has competed in several events this year and has placed in the top 20 in 4 of them. Along with this, he put up an impressive outing at the Prince Edward Island Open, posting a score of 8-under, good for a tie for 5th place. Austin currently sits at 26 on the Mackenzie Tour Points List.
Austin has certainly put up a lot of exciting golf this year. He has found himself near the top of a high percentage of tournaments that he has competed in and played some thrilling golf. Winning the Tour Championships on two pivotal Ontario golf tours is an impressive feat and an excellent way to cap off a great season. We want to give a big congrats to Austin for an excellent year of golf!
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