After three consecutive losses to the US team, the Canadians decided to turn the tables in 2018 and soundly defeated the US team 22 ½ to 13 ½. The Canadians jumped out to a major lead in the Four-Ball and Foursome competitions. Although the US improved significantly in the final round, the lead was too much to overcome. The players survived a lightning delay on the first day and completed that match. This was the 8th competition, and the US now leads the series 5-3.
The Can-Am is played annually in March when a Canadian team challenges a team from the USA using a Ryder Cup format, with Four-Ball on Monday, Foursome on Wednesday, and Singles on the final day. The event kicked off on Sunday, March 18th, with a pairings party at Flip Flops at the Sheraton followed by matches on March 19th, 21st and 22nd. Bar 72 served a prime rib dinner on the last night to the players and their guests.
The competition was intense, but the tournament continues to be a great opportunity for our Canadian friends and the US players to enjoy solid camaraderie. Although our friends are now headed north, it also signals the end of winter and spring is in the air. We will welcome our northern neighbors back when the weather turns chilly again. This year the Canadian captains were Owen Kelly and Peter Gavan; and the US captains were Dwight Clark, Ed Helms and Till Bruett.
The pro shop, led by Ryan Mulvey, Nate Starr and Colby Pitts did an outstanding job managing the tournament in spite of weather and player changes. The course grounds crews likewise kept the courses in great shape for the entire event.