Team PGA of Ontario goes 3-peat at the 2015 Titleist Cup


Team PGA of Ontario goes 3-peat at the 2015 Titleist Cup

The PGA of Ontario selected some of their best players to compete in the annual Titleist Cup 2-day match-play competition against the PGA of Quebec.  Team Ontario, captained by Jim Kenesky, was looking to win their third straight Titleist Cup and chose Black Bear Ridge Golf Course in Belleville, Ontario as their home turf.  Many of the players had not played Black Bear Ridge before, but all of them were happy they did.  Ian Doig, a mainstay for Team Ontario in the Titleist Cup, said "without a doubt in my mind this is one of the best courses I have ever played in my life.  It's easily in my top ten, if not top five."

After careful selection and a practice round on Wednesday Team Ontario was ready to go head-to-head against the best of our neighbours to the east.

Team Ontario:

 Jim Kenesky
Steve Rodriguez
Jim Zwolak
Ian Doig
Gord Chilton
Nick Kenney
Ron Kenesky
Gary Jeffrey
Brad Kerfoot
Mike Moniz
Fraser McIntyre
Brian Hutton

With a pair of team matches to be played on Thursday, first on the schedule was Better Ball and the level of competition did not disappoint as all the matches were extremely tight and all but one match saw the 16th hole.  After the six Better Ball matches were in the books the two teams were All Square at three points each. 

Next up was the dreaded Alternate Shot format which can easily make or break a team's success.  Considered the most difficult team format, players headed out to try and take advantage and leave a sizable gap in the score leading into the singles matches on Friday.  As the Titleist Cup is known for having a flare for the dramatic, the afternoon matches mirrored the morning ones with the two teams splitting down the middle remaining All Square, leaving the singles matches to decide who takes home the title this year.

Steve Rodriguez, Ontario's resident match play expert, faced off against Tim Alarie first and after trading blows early, Rodriguez quite literally met his match as they both finished with par's on the last eight holes to tie the match, taking a half point a piece.  Jim Zwolak and Billy Houle were next on the tee.  After taking the first hole, Zwolak did not take the pressure off.  Falling to AS only twice, Jim Zwolak maintained control the whole match on his way to a 2&1 victory.

Brain Hutton, no stranger to the Titleist Cup and a late addition to the team, proved very valuable in the Ontario victory.  Hutton quietly notched two out of a possible three points during competition and was instramental in Ontario's victory.  He and team-match partner Fraser McIntyre finished 1UP in the better ball match but fell short in the alternate shot 3&2. He made up for it in the singles match taking a pivotal point defeating Denis Girard 3&2.

The next match turned out to be the marquee match of the day as Ian Doig and, Quebec's best, Dave Lesesque went toe to toe piling up birdies.  Doig took the lead on the first hole and reached 2UP with a birdie on the fifth hole.  Lesesque then birdied back-to-back holes bringing the match to all square and the intensity of the match to a new level.  The duo split birdies on the tenth and eleventh holes, and with a bogey on twelve Doig found himself behind the eight ball for the first time in the match.  It didn't last long as he birdied the 162 yard par-3 thirteenth to even up the match going into the home stretch.  Neither of them could make a move until the eighteenth.  Not wanting to settle for a tie, Ian Doig took matters into his own hands making a great birdie on eighteen to take the emotionally draining battle.

Unlike last year's dramatic come from behind Team Ontario victory, this year everything came down to the last match of the day: Ron Kenesky vs. Alexandre Ouellette.  Ontario had a one-point buffer leading into the match, so all Kenesky needed was a tie to secure the win.  With an Ouellette birdie on three, to take the lead, and a Kenesky birdie on seven, to bring it back to all square, the pair remained all square until Kenesky finally made a move on sixteen taking the 381 yard par-4.  Standing on eighteen tee, friend of the team, PGA Professional, and Titleist Cup spectator, Matt Peavoy told Kenesky he only needed to half the hole to make it official.  As Kenesky walked up to hit his ball he looked back and replied, "Let's end it with a birdie."  And he did just that.  Kenesky birdied the eighteenth hole to give Team Ontario their third straight Titleist Cup victory.

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