Callowhill and McAleavey Bring it Home


Six teams play-off to decide the PGA of Ontario Assistants Team Championship

RICHMOND HILL, ON - It had been three years since Alf Callowhill and Ciaran McAleavey had found their way into the winners circle at the PGA of Ontario Assistants Team Championship, but they battled hard and were the last men standing after an intense 6-team playoff.  

After a historically tough winter, Diamondback Golf Club was up to that task and hosted its first Assistants Team Championship.  Callowhill (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) and McAleavey (The Toronto Golf Club) finished the round with seven birdies and an eagle on the 500-yard par 5, but that wasn't enough.  At the end of play there were six teams tied at 9-under 63.  All six teams returned to #18 and teed it up one last time in hopes of standing alone as the PGA of Ontario Assistants Team Champions.  Callowhill and McAleavey were the first to make birdie forcing the remaining teams to do the same.  One by one teams fell short, until Max Winkler stepped up to his ball in the greenside bunker and made a spectacular shot leaving it just feet from the hole.  After his teammate, Ryan Peltier, finished off the birdie putt just two teams remained. 

The final tie breaker was a 150 yard closest to the pin shootout.  As the wind began to gust and the inevitable thunderstorms were looming on the horizon the youngsters (Winkler & Peltier) stood over their ball and managed to stick it just inside the fringe on the left side of the green. "After Ciaran hit I went back into my bag and went to a six-iron, it was a little windy up there so I  figured the wind would knock it down and I was lucky to hit it close enough," Callowhill recalled.  The two not only went home with the $2000 prize but joined the likes of Keir Smith & Gord Burns as the second two-time Assistant Team Champions in the last five years.  

The long bombing duo of Winkler and Peltier from Essex Golf and Country Club were happy with their round despite coming just a few feet short of the title.  They matched the champs finishing play with seven birdies and an eagle at 9-under.  After the round Winker said, "this is a great event, it’s my second year playing, and I plan on coming back every year." 

"The excitement and intensity of this event sets up nicely for the Spring Championship, the always competitive next stop on the PGA of Ontario tournament schedule", said PGA of Ontario Executive Director Kevin Purcell.  "It's always great to have such a strong start to the year, and we can look forward to the rest of the season following accordingly." The Spring Championship will be held on May 20-21 at Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario. 

For the full-field results of the PGA of Ontario Assistants Team Championship CLICK HERE


Kevin Purcell
Executive Director
PGA of Ontario

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