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‘Reel Cup’ returns to Canada


February 12, 2009
By John Taylor & Scott Dodson

The 15th annual Golf Course Hockey challenge took to the ice Jan. 13 and 14 in Fort Erie, Ont. with 12 teams representing both Canada and the United States in competition for the coveted "Reel Cup."

'Reel Cup' returns to Canada

The teams played two games on the first day in a three-team pod and then played two more games the second day, matched up by the results of the first day which guaranteed each team four full games of hockey action.

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The hockey was competitive but still fun, as was the Tuesday evening "attitude adjustment party" hosted by ClubCar which always is one of the highlights of the event.

Post-game refreshments were provided by Vanden bussche Irrigation and were greatly appreciated by all participants.

Reel Cup Hockey Tournament
  The triumphant Toronto No. 2 team, winner of the Reel Cup following a 1-0 win over Team Michigan in the championship final.

Turfcare Products sponsored the ice time for all participants as it has for all 15 years of the tournament-no small feat considering that the tournament has grown from a four-team, one-day tournament in its first year, to its current 12-team, two-day format. Special thanks were extended to Duke Equipment and Podolinsky Equipment which provided draw prizes for the Tuesday evening party.

When all was said and done, Team Toronto no. 2 squeaked out a slim 1-0 victory over Team Michigan in an exciting final, meaning the Reel Cup will reside north of the border for the summer. Other final day action: London held off Northern Ontario, Kitchener got by Niagara in a shootout, Clublink squeezed by Turfnet, Toronto No. 1 took care of Plant Science, and Ottawa was victorious over Southwestern Ontario.

The tournament committee thanked all the sponsors, players, referees and fans who come together to make this event happen.