Bill Walsh's Strong First Round Sets Up First Career PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone Fall Classic Title


September 15, 2017
BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON -- It was maybe the best week of the entire summer and the Golf Club at Lora Bay, a great golf course with no shortage of beautiful scenery, was ready to host the 2017 PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone Fall Classic. With no defending champion in the field, players from all over the zone gathered to decide who would take home the title. 
Bill Walsh (Modern Golf) made a bid for top spot early on in the tournament and didn't take his foot off the gas until the end. The first day of competition saw Walsh pull away from the field with an incredible 7-under par performance finishing with five birdies and an eagle -- holing it from 160 yards on the par-5 sixth. Walsh was entering the second day with a two-shot lead over Ontario Zone heavyweight Danny King (The Performance Academy at Magna), and a three-shot lead on Thomas Keddy (Oslerbrook Golf Club) who won both the 2017 Assistants Championship and the 2017 TaylorMade Ontario Zone Championship. 
Walsh took his lead into the second day but with seven players at even-par or better, the battle for the Fall Classic title was far from over. Walsh overcame an early bogey on the first hole before rattling off six birdies in his next nine holes. Walsh was too much to handle for the rest of the field coasting through his back nine en route to his first career Fall Classic win.
"I hit it really well again today," Walsh said after the dust had settled. "I made a bogey on one and had to give myself a kick and refocus. I played the rest of the front-nine really solid, I had it to five-under through ten. I knew at that point I had a pretty solid lead so I got a little more relaxed then maybe I should have coming in and made a couple lazy bogeys but I had built myself a large enough lead and I'm really happy about the win."
The lead was more than enough as Walsh finished the two-day tournament three shots clear of Danny King and four ahead of Thomas Keddy. Nick Kenney (The National Golf Club of Canada) and Braeden Cryderman (Muskoka Bay Resort) filled out the rest of the top five. 
"There are a lot of really talented players here," Walsh continued. "I'm still learning how to play with a lead, I've got much better through the years but it's not an easy thing to do. I was a chronic scoreboard watcher in the past but now I just try and focus on my game. You can't control what the other guys are doing. The only thing you can do is hit fairways, hit greens, and try and make some putts." Walsh hit his fairways, hit his greens, and made his putts this week and held the top spot for the entire tournament. 
For full scorecards and results from the 2017 Fall Classic CLICK HERE
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