US College Player Evan Littlefield Wins
Invitational presented by Boston Pizza
By Scott A. Sumner
The first ever Whitewater Invitational presented by Boston Pizza was held at the Whitewater Golf Club over the May long weekend. The 4- day match play event started with a stroke play game to determine the championship flight rankings and the other flights to make up the
field of 48 players. The final championship match on Monday afternoon featured two local residents who both attend US universities on golf scholarships, Evan Littlefield and Jeff Hunter.
Evan won the back and forth match on the 18th hole on a beautiful sunny day at Whitewater.
“ It has been a awesome event. We have been looking to do an invitational event for a long period of time. The Whitewater golf course sets up very well for a match play event. It gave us the opportunity to try multiple tee decks and mix it up each and very day play with the pin placements. It has been a fun event and well accepted by the players," said Matt Simmons Director of Golf Whitewater Golf Club, Thunder Bay, Ontario. “ We chose the top 10 on the TBDGA list and if they weren't already on the list, the top ten on the player of the decade. The junior district champion and any other major winners of 2011 were also given invitations for a total
of 15 invitations. We had 12 come and play in our event from there. Part of the invitations went to the Whitewater members and we had quite a few of them play.”
Jeff Hunter and Evan Littlefield
“ Evan Littlefield and Jeff Hunter was an exciting final championship flight match to watch. Both play US college golf; both are Core Golf Academy students and Whitewater members. We are very happy with the condition of the golf course this year, it is fabulous."smiles Simmons.
“ It feels good to win. They were hard matches each one of them. I just played to what I could do out there and got it done when I had to,” said Evan Littlefield, age 20, who had matches against
Myles Peterson. Barry Caland, Evan Degrazia and then Jeff Hunter in the final. “ We went back and forth all day and it just seemed I came out on top at the end but it was tough out there. The conditions were tough but the course is in great shape right now. The greens are beautiful. It is really nice for May long weekend.”
Evan Littlefield is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds and can hit the ball a long way. Last year he was a freshman at Western New Mexico in New Mexico. “ It was a great experience
playing college golf with guys from all over America and seeing what that is like. It was tough. We played in 6 events. There are a lot of good players in my division from California. There are lot of good players here in Thunder Bay as well,” noted Littlefield. “ I am planning on playing all the local events and try and come to the course every day and play 18 or practice. I haven’t decided on what my course specialty is yet, right now I am taking golf.”
Evan Littlefield spent two years at the Core Golf Academy in Orlando before starting his college golf career. “ It was amazing at Core Academy. The coaching there got my mental game improved drastically. They just helped me plot my way through the golf course. I spent my senior year in high school and post graduate year working with Sean Foley, Jeff Hay and Tom Jackson," smiled Evan. “ It was amazing having my grandfather out here watching who turned 95 today. I was playing for him, every shot I hit was for him, and it feels good.”
Eric Peterson, age 95 grandfather, Evan Littlefield, Frank Littlefield, father
Jeff Hunter of Thunder Bay was in the championship match and enjoyed the competition. “ I was good fairway to green but not very good off the tee box and it kind of killed me. I was hitting
the driver well coming into this event, but not at the event. The 3 wood went well so I should have kept the driver in the bag a little bit more I think,” said Jeff Hunter who attends Southeastern
Oklahoma University located 1 1/2 hours north of Dallas and is a the 4.0 student taking accounting. “ This was my second year in the US. It went well. I made the all conference team playing 10 events. School is easier for me than golf for some reason.”
Hunter has also attended the Core Golf Academy program in Orlando. “ It was a great experience. I leaned a lot about golf and met a bunch of cool people so I wouldn’t change it for the world," smiles Hunter who had I had a couple top 10s this year and a second last year in college golf. “ I like playing golf although it is a tough game and it is hard to get better. Sometimes it just clicks for some people. I have two years left at school to figure out what to next. I would like to play golf full time but that goes for everybody in this tournament I think. There is a long way to go before that for sure. It was good to do well at this event.”