Smooth sailing for Clingersmith and Colekessian


Smooth sailing for Clingersmith and Colekessian at PGA of Ontario PING Head Pro/Head Pro Championship


For Immediate Release


September 3, 2014


MILTON, ON - Yesterday the PGA of Ontario was at Glencairn Golf Club for the annual PING Head Professional/Head Professional Championship.  It is a unique, grueling 27 hole competition which has a pair of Class-A Professionals teaming up in a three format tournament vying for the $11,000 purse.  The three formats are nine holes each and consist of: alternate shot, better ball, and scramble.  Year after year this is one of the most popular events on the PGA of Ontario tournament schedule.  92 players started the day and after a lengthy weather delay, only two remained at days end to be named champions: Nate Clingersmith (The Golf Club at Lora Bay) and Greg Colekessian (The Georgian Bay Club)


It was almost all for not for the duo from Collingwood, Clingersmith has been nursing a five inch tear in his Achilles and a severe ankle sprain which forced him to drop out of the Canadian Long Drive competition this past week.  The injury occurred at the PGA of Ontario Championship in June and has been bothering him ever since.  "It was good enough, lots of tape and braces.  Maybe that's why I was hitting it so straight," joked Clingersmith, "it's forcing me to take some off the swing.  I have a boot to put on it whenever I can find time at the end of the golf season." 


"We started in Alternate shot, the format that everyone always dreads; I put Greg in some fescue long on a par-4.  He was dead-to-rights and chipped in for birdie.  It was a great start to the day." It seemed that everything was rolling for the pair finishing the day with eleven birdies and an eagle with no bogies on their way to a 13-under 95.   In true PGA Professional fashion Clingersmith and Colekessian hurried off after the round back up to their clubs.  "There is work to be done", said Colekessian, "I wasn't kidding when I said (during the awards ceremony) we will be cleaning shoes tonight and scrubbing toilets." 


Clingersmith and Colekessian's fantastic 13-under performance didn't steal the entire spotlight.  Paul Knudson managed to grab some attention with his hole-in-one on 172 yard par-3.  It was Knudson's seventh of his career, and it helped his team en route to a 4-under par finish.  Other notable finishes were: Kyle Kirkland/Matt Peavoy, and Ken Tarling/Gord Burns who came up a few strokes short finishing T2 at 10-under par. 


Gord Burns will hope to carry his strong finish at Glencairn and will be joining the likes of Ed Maunder, Steve Rodriguez, and Alf Callowhill later this week at the PGA of Ontario Match Play Finals presented by Merit Golf Vacations held at Beacon Hall Golf Club.   The final four will play two matches and a champion will be crowned at the end of the day.  The PGA of Ontario Match Play Championship is ongoing throughout the season and culminates on September 4.  To view the entire match play bracket click HERE


To view the results from the Head Pro/Head Pro Championship click HERE


Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario


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