Chris Ross ends year with NGA Winter Series Win at Disney Magnolia


Jay Woodson wins NGA Carolina Winter Series at Black Bear, Vaite Guillaume wins NGA Disney Monday

Orlando, FL December 19, 2013 – The Holidays are an emotional time of the year for most of us and this week’s NGA Winter Series event held at the historic Disney Magnolia Golf Course in Orlando, Fla. December 17th through 19th was full of emotion for everyone involved. Disney Magnolia has long been a host to golf’s Top Tour, a run that came to an end with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in 2012, so, for NGA Tour players, it’s an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the top touring professionals in the world who have come before them. On Thursday Christopher Ross, playing out of Ontario, Canada, followed in the footsteps of past NGA Tour alums like Robert Garrigus, Joe Durant, Lucas Glover, Ryan Palmer, Bob Burns, and Jeff Maggert, who all won at Disney on golf’s Top Tour, by winning the NGA Tour’s Disney Magnolia Winter Series event.

Christopher Ross, 2013 NGA Winter Series Champion at Disney Magnolia

Christopher Ross, 2013 NGA Winter Series Champion at Disney Magnolia

Ross, who played collegiately at Eastern Michigan University, shot an opening round 66 to put him in a tie for second with Michigan State alum Chris Mory and a shot back of leader James White, an All-American out of Georgia Tech. A second round 69 left him in sole possession of 2nd and still a shot behind leader White who matched Ross’ 69. Ross would pass White on Thursday during the final round, posting a 2 under par 70. However the score would not be good enough for the outright win thanks to Sam Ryder posting a 66, the best round of the day, and forcing a playoff with Ross. Ryder, a Stetson University alum, almost holed out from the greenside bunker on the first playoff hole for eagle which would have given him the win. Both players would birdie and head to the second playoff hole. Both players would find the fairway on the second hole and Ryder, hitting first, put his approach shot 7 feet left of the flag. Ross would hit his approach shot past the flag leaving himself a 17 footer for birdie coming back. Ryder would watch as Ross sunk his putt, putting the pressure on Ryder to make his. Ryder’s putt for birdie just would not turn allowing Ross to secure the win, his 3rd career on the NGA and second of the season.

1st and 2nd round leader, James White, would finish in a tie for 3rd with Matt Davidson and Robert Karlsson. Davidson, who starred at Furman University, spent last season on the Web.com making 10 cuts out of 23 events played. Karlsson, who played collegiately at Liberty, was the Big South Men’s Golfer of the Year for two seasons and led the European Team to a win in the 2012 Palmer Cup after winning 3 of his four matches. 2010 Wyndham Championship winner Arjun Atwal finished tied for 6th with Florida Southern alum and 2013 NGA Tour Most Improved Award winner Brian Richey and last week’s NGA Winter Series winner Daniel Mazziotta, who starred at Florida Gulf Coast. The sixth place finish by Atwal, who has won on every Major Tour in the world, shows the type of talent that can found playing on the NGA Tour from top to bottom, week in and week out. Duke star Michael Schachner finished alone in 9th with Mory and Tennessee Wesleyan star Casey Flenniken tyng for 10th.

Ross had a good portion of his family in attendance for the win including his wife Stephanie with their daughter Sami, and his mother, uncle, and cousin. Ross had to overcome that his daughter had become ill during the week and had to taken to a local hospital for treatment. Sami was obviously feeling better Thursday as Ross stated, with his confidence riding high, he was looking forward to a great 2014 and a great Christmas. Ross received $7,000 for the win and vaulted to number two on the NGA Winter Series Money List.

Adding to the emotions of the week was the fact this would be the last event worked by longtime NGA Tour official and Social Media Director Chris Zeh. Zeh was one of the most liked and, probably most important for a rules official, one of the most respected officials on tour. So much so that Ross almost broke down when speaking about it in his post win interview, acknowledging the NGA Tour as being a part of his family, thanking Zeh for a “helluva” ride, and acknowledging he will surely be missed. Zeh will be taking the position of Associate Junior Golf Director for the Carolinas Golf Association.

For full NGA Winter Series results at Disney Magolia please click here

MONDAY EVENT RECAP: Orlando, Fla. – December 16, 2013 – As part of the event week, the NGA Tour also conducted an 18-hole single day event on Monday December 16th at the Disney Magnolia Golf Course. Vaite Guillaume (Tahiti), Chris Mory (Oak Leaf, Fla.), and Julien Goulet (St-Roch del’Achigan) all tied, shooting 3 under par 69. Goulet was eliminated on the first playoff hole and Guillame took the win on the second playoff hole with a birdie. Mory narrowly missed a chip-in on the first playoff hole that would’ve given him the win. For Guillame, this was his first career win on the NGA Tour.

For full NGA Winter Series Monday results at Disney Magnolia please click here

The NGA Tour would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Disney Magnolia for an outstanding event week! The NGA Tour Winter Series will be off for the next two weeks in observance of the Christmas Holiday Season but will pick back up at Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla. Tuesday January 7th through Thursday January 9th. Anyone interested in competing in the Timacuan event or volunteering can contact the NGA Tour offices at 800-992-8748. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

CAROLINA WINTER SERIES EVENT RECAP: Myrtle Beach, S.C. – December 19, 2013 – Multi-time NGA Tour winner Jay Woodson (Richmond, Va.) posted rounds of 71, 64, and 67 to earn his first win of the season on the NGA Carolina Winter Series January 17th through 19th event held at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs, S.C. Woodson, who played collegiately at Radford University, was 2 shots better than runner-up Paul Woodbury, who played collegiately at the University of South Carolina, and four better than McCuen Elmore, who played collegiately at Clemson University and finished in solo 3rd. Woodson became known nationally this year as a finalist on the Golf Channel’s popular Big Break reality competition show which competed in Mexico during his season. However his greatest accomplishment to date has to be becoming a father when his wife Erin gave birth to their son Trey earlier this year. The $5,000 1st Place prize awarded to Woodson for the win will surely come in handy for the new parents.

For full NGA Carolina Winter Series results from Black Bear click here

The NGA Tour would like to thank Patrick Wilkinson and his staff at Black Bear Golf Club for another great event! The NGA Tour Carolina Winter Series will be off the next two weeks in observance of the Christmas Holiday Season and will return to action January 7th through 9th at Farmstead Golf Club. Those interested in participating or volunteering for the Farmstead event can contact the NGA Tour offices at 800-992-8748. Until then the NGA Tour would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy Holiday Season!

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