The National dominates at Adams Pro Junior


The National Golf Club of Canada dominates the 2014 Adams Golf Pro/Junior Championship


For Immediate Release


July 3, 2014


UXBRIDGE - It was a clean sweep for The National Golf Club of Canada at the PGA of Ontario 2014 Adams Golf Pro/Junior Championship at Wooden Sticks Golf Course.


On Wednesday, two up-and-comers from The National's acclaimed junior program, Liam Hallis and Luca Giannace, led their respective teams to victory in both the Gross and Net Divisions of the Championship that featured 56 two-person teams from clubs across the zone.


Assistant professional Nick Kenney spent much of the day watching Hallis hit his iron shots further than Kenney's drive as they paired up for a 6-under par, 66 to win the Gross Division by two strokes over the GAO`s Jon Roy and junior Ganden Doherty. There was a three-way tie for third place at 69 between Brad Pemberton from Dalewood GC and junior Colin Jex, Wil Mitchell from Oshawa G&CC and junior Kyle Gordon and Bill Walsh from Fairtree Golf Center and junior Ben Sear.

"We'll do a little celebrating, it's a nice double victory for The National," Kenney said. "This Championship is a great opportunity for us to take out a couple of our juniors and give them a chance to excel. I think on both teams, we helped picked each other up when we needed it and you learn from your mistakes in these types of tournaments."


Giannace and assistant professional James Skrypec went to a one-hole playoff at dusk on No. 18 to earn the victory in the Net Division thanks to a timely birdie from Skrypec that closed the door on Cameron Hadley and Derek Dolan`s chances of winning it for Mill Run GC after they both carded 67s. There was a three-way tie for third at 68 between Jeff and Nicholas Mills from Wildfire GC, Grant and Cole McLeod from Thornhill G&CC and Jeff Overholt and Clayton Lewis from Golf Performance Coaches.


While Whistle Bear GC professional Alex Riddell and junior Mackenzie Raines didn't finish at the top of the leaderboard, Raines walked away with a lasting memory. The 15-year-old notched the first ace of his career on No. 11, the Postage Stamp Hole, which happened to be their 17th hole of the day! "I watched it one-hop about three feet and go right in the hole, it was pretty amazing," Raines said. In a classy move, Adams Golf donated $500 to Whistle Bear's junior program in recognition of Raines' ace! "Just as he was getting up to take the shot I told him, he'd better hit it close, or he would be walking home to Cambridge, so I guess he listens to me some of the time," Riddell added.


"We have seen exceptional growth in the last year, especially through green grass channels," says Todd Fraser, Brand Director for Adams Golf Canada. "We see Championships like this one, where we can connect with the golf professionals who are here with up-and-coming juniors to help energize the game, as very important to the future success for everyone involved in the game." Adams Golf provided each of the juniors with a dozen balls, an Adams hat and golf towel, as well as all the prizing for the winners' table. The 2015 Adams product line will start with a launch in August and they'll continue to focus on the "Second Shot" as a key message for golfers.


Aydan Downer teamed up with his dad, Greg Downer, Head Professional at Taboo, for their first father-son tournament. "I had a great time. It was fun hanging out with my dad, meeting new people and playing a terrific golf course," said Aydan, who picked up three net birdies to help the team. "It's a great way to start summer vacation. I learned to have a good time and to not get stressed out by every shot."


Several clubs brought multiple teams, but Oshawa G&CC definitely led the way with five teams including; Head Professional Peter Butler, Teaching Professional John Rushnell, three assistants and five lucky juniors. "We started back in May and made it a weekly competition where they collected points. It`s a little reward for the hard work they have put in so far this season," Rushnell said.


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Kevin Purcell
Executive Director
PGA of Ontario 

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