Hegler and Snoeks poured them in the cup

6/11/2013

Graham Hegler and Chris Snoeks win rain soaked
PGA of Ontario Head Pro – Assistant Pro Championship

For Immediate Release

June 11, 2013

LONDON, ON - Graham Hegler and Chris Snoeks poured them in the cup to win the rain soaked PGA of Ontario Head Pro – Assistant Pro Championship at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club on Monday.

Hegler, Head Professional at River Road Golf Course in London and Snoeks, battled through everything from a light drizzle to a straight downpour for the victory. They shot 7-under par, 65 for a one-stroke victory on the Robinson Course that played a lot longer than the 6,677 yards, par-72 on the scorecard.

“To be truthful the best part of our round was during the biggest down pour,” Hegler said, as they went birdie, par, birdie, birdie, par and birdie during that stretch with rain dripping from the brim of their caps on every shot. Each of the 60 two-person teams played six holes alternate shot, six holes best ball and six holes in a scramble format to determine this year’s champions.

Snoeks is in his first year as an assistant at River Road, while Hegler has been there for three years. It was their first time playing in a PGA of Ontario event together.  "Graham told me, 'You can hit it anywhere and I'm good -- and he was, and I did,'" Snoeks added. The duo picked up a cheque for $2,100 for the win.

The craziest thing that happened to them was almost losing a golf ball, but it wasn’t an errant shot. A coyote came out of the woods on No. 8 and played with and picked up Hegler’s golf ball before Snoeks whistled and the coyote dropped it. The same thing happened to Mike Weber from Golf Town London – but he didn’t get his ball back!

A couple of other teams came within a shot of forcing a playoff with Hegler and Snoeks. Dave Saunders and Christopher Kucera from Golf Town Windsor and Rick Willan and Gordon Burns from Golden Ridge Golf Range settled in at six-under 66 with Henry Brunton and Cory Southon of Henry Brunton Golf finishing fourth at five-under 67.

“It was an adventure today,” Burns said. “You’re almost playing to stay dry and hope to make a few putts. We had a putt on our last hole to get to 7-under that we missed by an inch, but we made a lot of good putts out there too.”

Saunders and Kucera also missed an eight-footer on their final hole of the day that would have forced a playoff. “We have been partners before at home and we have a different style of game that seems to work well. I’m the bomber and Dave is steadier and tends to make the big putts,” said Kucera, who noted that the course was absolutely terrific given the amount of rain that fell Monday.

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Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario

905-420-1233

kevin@pgaofontario.com

www.pgaofontario.com

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