Two-tie at the top of the Spring Championship

5/27/2013

Two-tie at the top of the Trimark Sportswear Group PGA of Ontario Spring Championship

 

For Immediate Release

 

May 27, 2013

 

ALBERTON, ON - Heron Point Golf Links played tough Monday as the lush fescue and smooth pool table top greens made for tough scoring at the Trimark Sportswear Group PGA of Ontario Spring Championship.

 

Playing in an early morning grouping after a short frost delay, Conor O'Shea carded an impressive 2-under par 69 over the 6,670,par-71 layout designed by renowned Canadian golf course architect Tom McBroom. Following just one group back, Alf Callowhill then carded a matching score on the strength of 16 pars and two birdies on No. 8 and No. 17.

 

"It was a pretty good day, except for No. 8 which I played twice, so I won't have to play it tomorrow," O'Shea said jokingly. Reality is, he took a quadruple bogey 8 on the par four, 14th hole after his tee shot landed in the fescue and it took three whacks to get it out. O'Shea, who teaches out of The Academy at Piper's Heath, fired six birdies including a trio over Nos. 6-7-8. "You had to land it short of pin high because the greens are really firm. It was tough to get it really close because the greens are so fast."

 

O'Shea is hoping not to have a big number on his card for the final round of the Trimark Sportswear Group PGA of Ontario Spring Championship on Tuesday. Last week at the PGA of Ontario Assistants' Spring Championship, he stood tall on the tee at No. 18 in the lead at 7-under par and proceeded to hit two balls out of bounds on the way to recording a quadruple bogey nine.

 

"I pulled a Jean van de Velde last week" O'Shea said, of his poor decision making somewhat reminiscent of the Frenchman's dramatic loss at The Open Championship in 1999.

 

Callowhill, who teaches out of the ClubLink Academy at Glen Abbey, called his 18 holes at Heron Point uneventful as he just tried to play smart. Truth be told, he worked at the club from 2003 through 2008 on the greens crew, then in the backshop before becoming as assistant professional. "I was just trying to keep up with Conor. The greens were firm and a good speed. They are the smoothest I have seen them. The turf staff did a nice job."

 

A trio of golfers sit two strokes back at even par, T3 including; Brad Kerfoot from Maple Downs G&CC, Christopher Kucera from Golf Town Windsor and Danny King from the Performance Center at Magna.

 

A total of 16 golfers are within four strokes of the leader at plus-2 or better, so Tuesday is shaping up to be an exciting finale as the winner will take home $3,691. "With the weather changing and rain coming in tonight it's hard to know what to expect, but I certainly feel like I'm in it," said Scott Bogle who teaches out of the Glen Eagle Golf Academy. "This is the kind of course where you could go out and play your first two holes at two-under, or you could play them at two-over, so we'll have to wait and see what happens."

 

Defending champion Brian McCann is lurking in a pack of five golfers at one-over at T6 with a total of 79 pros expected to tee it up Tuesday.

 

To view Monday's results CLICK HERE or to view Tuesday's pairing starting at 8 a.m. CLICK HERE.

 

For more information please contact:

 

Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario

905-420-1233

kevin@pgaofontario.com

www.pgaofontario.com

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