The MGI Wealth Tour changed its final three events to resemble a playoff similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup for this season, and it got the hoped-for result.
The was made in an attempt to draw more players to the Tour Championship and making sure everyone there had a chance to win the tour title. That’s exactly what happened as 10 players went to the Killarney Lakeside Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday and Mark Tokle came out on top when the final tour event of the season wrapped.
Tokle missed a lot of events during the season and came into the playoffs at No. 22 on the tour points standings. He played well in the first two playoff events to move into ninth place.
He capped his comeback on Saturday and Sunday by shooting a two-day total of 147 at the Tour Championship to claim the Mike Jones Player of the Year Trophy. Tokle set himself up well by shooting a 69 during the first round, giving him a five-shot lead.
He finished 23 1/2 points ahead of fellow Brandonite David Glenn in the final tour standings.
The way things finished was exactly what Tour commissioner Dean Oakden hoped for when he increased the point values of the final three tournaments.
“I think (the new format) gave everyone hope and a chance,” he said. “The way it worked out in the end, someone who was behind ended on top.”
Glenn finished second during the weekend after shooting 152. Defending champion Matt Burman was two strokes behind him.
While Oakden was happy with way the season ended, he was proud of the Tour in general.
“If you look at the standings at the end, there were three guys pretty close at the top and a bunch not too far behind,” he said. “From years past, you had more guys participating in the events this year and overall it was pretty good.”
Tokle was not available for comment.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 24, 2012