Mike Moniz and Stuart Thain win PING PGA of Ontario Head Pro Head Pro
Mike Moniz and Stuart Thain win PING PGA of Ontario Head Pro Head Pro Championship
September 2, 2013
For Immediate Release
HALTON HILLS, ON - Don't let anyone tell you Mike Moniz isn't a team player.
In fact, the Head Professional from Maple Downs Golf and Country Club is proving to be a real winner when it comes to team play. On Tuesday, September 3, with cool and cloudy conditions and a bit of a breeze at Glencairn GC - perfect playing conditions for a links styled layout with more than 100 sand traps and pot bunkers - Moniz picked up his fifth PGA of Ontario team title in the last three years.
Moniz paired up with Maple Downs associate professional Stuart Thain for a one-stroke victory at the PING PGA of Ontario Head Pro Head Pro Championship as 46 two-person teams played all 27 holes at Glencairn using a different format for each nine-hole layout - Better Ball, Scramble and Alternate Shot. The duo had not played together in a PGA of Ontario event since 2005 when they lost the Head Pro/Assistant Pro Championship in a playoff that went to a shootout at Mandarin G&CC.
"We were 4-under par for the alternate shot format and that was huge," Moniz said. "Usually you hope to be right around even par for alternate shot and make up some extra strokes on the other holes, but we were able to get a bunch of putts to fall."
Moniz's other team titles include; the 2011 Fall Scramble with Brad Kerfoot and Alex Dunn, followed by three victories in 2012 including; the Tournament of Champions with the men's and ladies' champ from Maple Downs, the Head Pro/Assistant Pro Championship at Sunningdale G&CC with Brad Kerfoot and the Pro/Junior Championship with a junior member from Meadowbrook G&CC, where he previously worked.
Moniz and Thain split a cheque for $3,400 for the victory. For a while it looked like there might be a playoff for first as the teams of Gary Jeffery from Golf Town Barrie and Bruce Rogerson from the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Legends on the Niagara and Mike Turner from Grey Silo GC and Chris Wehrle from Whistle Bear GC finished at 8-under, but they had to settle for T2. Two teams finished T4 at 7-under including; Jim Kenesky of Golf League Genius and Ron Kenesky of Twenty Valley GC and Brian Hutton and John C. Davis from Joshua Creek Golf & Tennis Club.
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