Conor O'Shea victorious at PGA of Ontario Merit Golf Vacations Match Play Championship


Conor O'Shea victorious at PGA of Ontario Merit Golf Vacations Match Play Championship


For Immediate Release


September 6, 2013


AURORA, ON - It's doesn't get much better than 35 holes from the tips at magnificent Beacon Hall, unless of course you bring home the dough.


That's exactly what Academy at Piper's Heath Teaching Professional Conor O' Shea did on Thursday, September 5th. O'Shea defeated Tee Jay Alderdice from Devils Pulpit 2&1 in the morning semi-final before closing out David Moro from Credit Valley G&CC 1-up in the afternoon to win the 2013 PGA of Ontario Merit Golf Vacations Match Play Championship.


"I guess you could say it is beginner's luck to be in the final," said O'Shea who was playing in the event for the very first time. He picked up a cheque for $3,300 for the win and new this year, he also automatically earned one of 12 spots on Ontario's Titleist Cup team for next month's annual matches against Quebec that will be played at Weston G&CC.


"I had played here once or twice before today, but I can tell you it's a real treat to come through those gates and tee it up here," said O'Shea, who was supported in the final round by his wife, mother and grandmother who popped in to watch the action unfold.


In the morning round, O'Shea found himself behind the eight ball early on trailing 3-down after the front nine, but he found his rhythm on the wide open back nine as he won four consecutive holes 10, 11, 12 and 13 to take the lead. O'Shea finished it off with a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to win 2&1.


The temperatures were in the mid-teens throughout the day under sunny skies, but it was the gusting winds that gave the players fits especially through the forested front nine.


Moro defeated Steve Rodriguez from Whitevale G&CC 2&1 in the other morning semi-final to set up his final against O'Shea, while Rodriguez and Alderdice battled it out for third and fourth place.


In the championship final, O'Shea managed to go 2-up over the front nine, but Moro fought back to make it all square after No. 12. They battled back and forth over the closing holes and it was all square as they headed to the 18th tee. Both players missed the green with their second shots and O'Shea won the hole with a par after a terrific chip from the back fringe rolled to within a foot of the cup, while Moro didn't make his up and down.


In the consolation final, Alderdice was 4-up after 13 holes and watched the lead slip away again as Rodriguez won No. 14, No. 15 and No. 17 to take the match to the 18th hole where Alderdice finally won out with a bogey.


"I learned that no lead is safe in this game and that it's hard to win," said Alderdice, who told Beacon Hall Head Professional Phil Hardy, "I loved your course so much I just wanted to play all 18 holes."


It's the 11th year that Beacon Hall has hosted this championship and the sixth year it has been sponsored by Merit Golf Vacations, which will host the Merit Golf Vacations PGA of Ontario Pro-Am from November 17-22 at TPC Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa.


"This had been a terrific partnership with the PGA of Ontario and Beacon Hall is such a terrific venue for the match play final," said Rob Coulter, Director of Sales at Merit Golf Vacations. "Tee Jay went to Sawgrass previously. Steve and David are coming this year and we're going to try to find a spot for Conor," Coulter added, noting that he expects the 42-team event to sell out once again.


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