John McCann wins Assistants’ Summer Championship ahead of PGA of Ontario Championship


John McCann wins Assistants’ Summer Championship ahead of PGA of Ontario Championship

For Immediate Release
July 11, 2013

INNISFIL, ON – John McCann, from Fairtree Golf Centre in Markham, won his first PGA of Ontario Assistants’ Summer Championship Wednesday at National Pines Golf Club.

The Innisfil resident started his day with a bogey, but it was his birdie on No. 18 that turned out to be the crucial hole as he earned a one-stroke victory over G.W. King. McCann was even-par after nine holes. Birdies on No. 10 and No. 12 quickly got him to 2-under as he played par golf until the final hole.

“That 150-yard first tee shot was not what I was expecting,” McCann said. You’re thinking about a birdie on an opening par-5 and you get a bogey. Sometimes you start off poorly and it refocuses you. I think it was meant to be.”

McCann grew up in Barrie as his family operated nearby Allendale Golf Course and joined National Pines GC when it first opened in 1994. He used his course knowledge to get around the layout on Wednesday. McCann hit just three or four drivers throughout the round on the course that plays 7,013 yards, par-72 from the tips. “Heading to No. 18 I knew the number would be right around 2-under and I knew if I could get one more birdie it would go a long way,” said McCann, who hit his 9-iron second shot to six-feet of the cup and tapped in for the timely birdie.

G.W. King endured a more miserable start than McCann as he carded two double-bogeys over the first six holes to jump to 4-over on the round. “I had a couple of mishit tee shots that were a little defensive. They ended up just inside the environmental hazard and you can’t hit the ball out of there,” said King, an assistant at The Academy at Georgian Bay Club.

From there on in, King rallied for seven birdies including a chip in on No. 18 and just one more bogey to finish at 2-under, 70. “I hadn’t played the course in about 10 years so it was fun to get back out here,” said King, who opted to play a lot more 3-irons on the back nine to keep the ball in play rather than going to the driver on the tee. “It’s a good lead up to next week’s PGA of Ontario Championship at Deer Ridge - another really great golf course I have not played in 10 years.”

Playing together, Brian McCann from the Academy at BraeBen Bradlee Ryall Golf and Billy Walsh from Fairtree Golf Centre finished T3 at 1-under, 71.

Deer Ridge GC assistant professionals Adam Beange and Alex Matsias were also prepping for next week’s championship at their home club. Matsias had it to 2-under after 13 holes, but a 10 on No. 14 killed his day to finish T21. Beange was 1-under after nine, but couldn’t fight off a couple of double bogeys and dropped to T16.

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For more information contact:

Kevin Purcell
Executive Director
PGA of Ontario

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