The 2015 NL Open was played at Memorial University in St. John’s from Oct 16-18, and after five rounds Jordan Berson was crowned provincial champion. Jordan also won the event after a playoff in 2009, but this time he needed no extra time to polish off the competition, scoring four wins and a draw against the toughest the field had to offer.
And what a field! Seventeen players, including five former NL champions, with representation from both coasts and Labrador. Not bad, considering that there are 18 current CFC members in the province!
Second place was shared by Sudharaka Palamakumbura (the only player to nick a half-point from Jordan, and the only other player to go undefeated), and Ray McIsaac, who more than justified his long trip over from the west coast with four wins.
Mohammed Reza Kowsari won the “best performance” prize, Ryan Pickard took home the top junior prize (donated by Ray McIsaac), and Anthony Leonard won the door prize (donated by Steve Martin).
Anthony Leonard ably organized and directed the tournament, with assistance from many quarters. Morgon Mills hosted round 4 as a “luxury round” at the Guv’nor Inn, and several players contributed generously to the prize fund and to organizational expenses.
A meeting was held to discuss future event organization, with the following results:
- the 2016 NL Open is scheduled for Oct. 21-23, 2016
- weekend events will be held quarterly in 2016 (alternating organizers, with Anthony Leonard assisting)
- Mohammed Reza Kowsari will organize the January tournament
- Steve Martin will organize the April tournament
- Ryne King will organize the July tournament
- Anthony Leonard will organize the NL Open
NL Open 2015 Participants (L to R): Morgon Mills, Sudharaka Palamakumbura, Jordan Berson, Mohammed Reza Kowsari, Peter Noftall, Steve Martin, Anthony Leonard, Aubrey Noftall (rear), Ryan Pickard, Brian Oliver, Ryne King, Nihad Dervisevic, Ray McIsaac, Rob Moloney, Travis Bailey, and Morley Payne. Not pictured: Isaac Adejuwon.