Banks and McCann red hot at Sr Pro Jr Pro


Banks and McCann were red hot at PGA of Ontario Senior Pro/Junior Pro Championship


GORMLEY, ON - The fact that golf is an outdoor sport is sometimes bittersweet. When the stars align and the weather cooperates, few games can rival it.  On the other hand when the skies open up and the rain starts to fall the joy of the game is sometimes hard to find...that is if you can even play at all.  This was the case when the PGA of Ontario landed at Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club for its annual Senior Pro Junior Pro Championship.  At day break, following a night of continuous downpour, the chances of play looked bleak at best.  The greens crew worked diligently and the wind picked up, which helped to dry things out, and come mid-day the course was ready to handle the best Sr. Pro/Jr. Pro teams that Ontario has to offer.  The Senior Pro Junior Pro is a two-man team scramble event.  Each team is compiled of a Senior (50+) member of the PGA of Ontario and their choice of youngster (under 50) who hasn't reached their glory years just yet.  Year after year the Sr. Pro/Jr. Pro does not lack excitement.  This year was no exception.


A PGA of Ontario team event cannot go by without Mike Moniz leaving his mark.  He and partner Neil Smith (Maple Downs Golf & CC) fired an impressive 6-under 65, good enough for T12, but that's not what anybody was talking about.  Moniz walked up to the seventh tee deck, after back-to-back pars, with a 4-iron in his hand staring down at the 207 yard par-3.  He decided enough was enough, he threw partner Neil Smith on his back for a hole and jugged it, for one of the most impressive "1's" you'll ever see.  Moniz, who previously worked at Meadowbrook for two years, has two hole-in-ones to his credit, this being the first in tournament play.  "It's a tough shot for lefties that hit a draw.  From the years that I worked there I knew the shot that I needed to hit.  Just carry the left bunker and release towards the pin.  That being said I've never managed a one there before.  It's a good feeling."  If that wasn't enough, he also took home the 50/50 prize at the end of the day.  "What can I say? I'm a lucky man.  I picked up a lottery ticket on the way home so let's see how far I can take it"


Not to be over shadowed, the team of David Banks (David Banks Simply Golf Academy) and Brian McCann (Brampton Golf Club) left a trail of smoke behind them as they toured the course.  Carding two eagles and ten birdies the pair was throwing haymakers and at the end of the day their 13-under 58 was too hot to handle.  "You know what?  We both had the putter rolling.  I think for the first six or seven holes Dave didn't even have to putt," Brian McCann (@brianmccanngolf) said after the round.  Banks chimed in saying, "yah, Brian started off great making putts and then he missed one, and I made it.  Then he missed another one and I made it.  It was beautiful."  It was a perfect storm for the duo, they were joking with each other after the round that the only hole that they didn't pick up each other's slack was the ninth.  That bogie was the only stain on their scorecard all day.  This was the first time the pair has won this event which was good for Banks, "it feels great to win.  I have a couple of playoff losses here that I am happy to make up for today."  After the smoke cleared, four teams came in four shots back of the champions: Brian Hutton/Bill Walsh, Bob Beauchemin/Adrian Cord, Bill Mackenzie/John McCann, and Paul Kennedy/Trevor Marko round out the top-5.  


The next stop on the PGA of Ontario schedule is the Assistants Championship at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club on August 5-6.  The Assistants' Championship is one of the longest running championships conducted by the PGA of Ontario.  The storied list of past champions is impressive to say the least and includes a number of members of the Hall of Fame.  George Knudson (CGHOF), Moe Norman (CGHOF), Bob Panasik(CGHOF), Irv Lightstone (OGHOF), Bob Rose, Dave Garner, Bill Bevington, Herb Holzscheiter, Tim McKeiver, David Miller, Rob Moore, Dan Greenwood, Alf Callowhill, and Jerry Anderson (OGHOF).


For full results from the SR Pro/JR Pro Click HERE


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