Four champions crowned at Golfing Buddies PGA of Ontario Summer Championship

7/8/2014

Four champions crowned at Golfing Buddies PGA of Ontario Summer Championship

 

For Immediate Release

 

July 8, 2014

 

VINELAND, ON - Reg Millage, Chris Bevan, Brian Hutton and Alexa Kim weathered the storm and everything else Mother Nature blew at them Monday to win their respective divisions at the PGA of Ontario Summer Championship presented by Golfing Buddies at Twenty Valley G&CC.

 

"It was so windy out there today it was hard to know if you hit a good shot until it landed," said Millage, the Head Coach for the Golf Association of Ontario. "I have played a bit of golf with the kids, but I have not played particularly well yet this summer, so this is a nice boost heading into next week's PGA of Ontario Championship at Deer Ridge."

 

After a two-hour delay that saw close to an inch of rain fall on the golf course and make it nearly impossible to play, everyone finally got the green light to play. In the end, it was the howling winds that caused more grief than the damp fairways that dried out nicely throughout the day.

 

"When I drove into the parking lot this morning and took a look at the course I didn't think there was any way we were going to play," added Millage, who earned the one shot victory by carding three birdies and just two bogeys for a score of 1-under par, 71. "It was such difficult weather today. I just put my head down, played hard and didn't think too much about my swing. I was really just trying to survive."

 

There was a four-way tie for second place at even-par, 72 between Jeff Mills from Wildfire GC, Jonathan Anderson from Northern Greens Golf Center, Scott Cowx from Hamilton G&CC Teaching Academy and Brian McCann from Brampton GC.

 

Chris Bevan from Summit G&CC picked up his first PGA of Ontario victory with a one-hole playoff over Alex Riddell from Whistle Bear GC to win the Assistants' Division. After waiting four hours for the last player to sign their card, the duo went back to hole No. 1 for the playoff. Bevan, who birdied No. 1 to start his day, repeated the performance nine hours later for a sweet victory.

 

"I love tournament golf and I had a great round out there," said Bevan, who finished second in the Assistants' Division at the Spring Championship. He three-putted four times, but still managed four birdies with six bogeys for a 2-over par, 74. There was a three-way for third place at 3-over, 75 among Scott Sinclair from The Copper Creek Academy, Adam Beange from Deer Ridge GC and Chris Fradelos from Metro Golf Dome.

 

Brian Hutton posted the most impressive round of the day as the only player in the entire field to shoot in the 60s. Hutton, who is enjoying retirement and playing a fair amount of golf, shot a 4-under, 68 to win the Senior Division by four shots over Fraser McIntyre from Trafalgar GC and Matthew McAvoy.

 

"I was 1-under on the front and 3-under on the back, for a pretty solid round," said Hutton who played in the Quebec Open last week and will play in the PGA of Ontario Championship next week at Deer Ridge GC.

 

The three competitors in the Women's Division played together and finished a stroke apart as Alexa Kim from Uplands GC won with a 77, followed by Margaret Trainor from Dundas Valley G&CC at 78 and Shauna Wilde from St. George's G&CC at 79.

 

"It's my first win since joining the PGA of Canada this spring," Kim said. "I have just played in one other event, so it was good to get out and play some competitive golf. The wind was very challenging today, but tomorrow I will be back at Uplands working on junior camps and having fun too!"

 

The PGA of Ontario, as mentioned, will be heading to the always challenging Deer Ridge GC next week for their marquee event of the year.  The Titleist FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship is the most highly sought after trophy in the zone and the best PGA professionals in the zone will gather to duke it out for this prestigious title.  The PGA of Ontario Championship is the longest running tournament in the history of the PGA of Ontario.  First contested in 1939, the Titleist FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship is synonymous with some of Canada's most accomplished club and touring professionals.  Those names include Moe Norman, George Knudson and Al Balding. 

 

For full Summer Championship Results Click the Division:

Regular Division

Assistants Division

Senior Division

Ladies Division

 

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