Billy Walsh Jr. wins his second PGA of Ontario Spring Championship


Billy Walsh Jr. wins his second PGA of Ontario Spring Championship Presented by Golfing Buddies

For Immediate Release

May 21, 2014

ACTON, ON - Nick Kenney served notice that he will be a force to be reckoned with this summer on the PGA of Ontario tour schedule, but it was Billy Walsh Jr. who came out on top for the Regular Division title at the Spring Championship Presented by Golfing Buddies on Wednesday.

The two went to a playoff to settle the score after finishing the two-day Championship at ClubLink's scenic Blue Springs Golf Club at 6-under par. While they both managed pars on the first playoff hole, Walsh claimed his second PGA of Ontario Spring Championship on the second playoff hole to take home a cheque for $2,350.

Walsh opened the tourney with an even-par 72, before finding his putting groove in round two where he carded seven birdies and a single bogey. "At one point I heard that Nick was at 7-under so I just kept pushing," said Walsh who played right behind the lead group which included Kenney, Conor O'Shea and Brian McCann. "I was just really steady out there and just tried to keep the ball in play, just hit as many fairways and greens as I could," said Walsh, who won the 2011 Spring Championship played at Galt CC.

Walsh, who teaches out of Fairtree Golf Center, spent a lot of time over the winter months in places like South Carolina and Arizona teaching his clients, so he's coming into the spring season feeling pretty good about his game. He'll continue to play PGA of Ontario and Mandarin Tour events in preparation for the PGA Championship of Canada as he tries to maintain his No. 1 player ranking, which would earn him a spot in the 2014 RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club in July.

Mark Kappes came from behind for his first PGA of Ontario Senior Championship with a one stroke win over Gar Hamilton of Mississaugua G&CC and John White from Beechwood G&CC to win the spring title. Kappes opened with a 2-over, 74, but he closed the second round with a solid 2-under, 70. Hamilton (71-74) and White (75-70) finished T2. "In the first round there were a couple of shots that got away from me, but today I didn't hit a shot that cost me and that was the real difference," said Kappes, who carded three sixes on day one and he didn't have any in the final round. He also credited his friend and caddie Steve Hislop for saving him 3 to 4 strokes on the round thanks to some good advice. Kappes' nine-hole scores for the two days were 39-35-35-35. "After opening with a 39 to start the tournament I wasn't thinking of winning this, but I just kept plugging away because you never know what's going to happen in golf."

In the Assistants' Division Brad Pemberton proved that consistency pays off as rounds of 72-71, for a score of 1-under par, gave him a five-stroke victory over Chris Bevan from the Summit G&CC followed by Dustin Louth of Lake St. George Golf and Country Club who settled for third place.

Despite having to pull over to let his overheating car engine cool down a couple of times on the way to Blue Springs early in the morning, Pemberton didn't allow questions about how he was going to get home creep into his thoughts out on the course. "I made some putts today that I didn't make on day one and I had no three-putts this week, so that was key," said Pemberton who missed making a cheque the week before at the PGA of Ontario Assistants Team Championship by a single stroke. Having only played four holes since then with his three-and-a-half year-old son Cameron, Pemberton said he came into the round accepting that he would hit a few bad shots and he would just have to deal with them. "Playing with my little guy, I was reminded to just go out and have some fun and enjoy playing the game," he added.

For full results of the Spring Championship Regular Division CLICK HERE  
For full results of the Spring Championship Assistants' Division
For full results of the Spring Championship Senior Division




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