G.W. King Wins First Major


SPRINGFIELD, ON -- The PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone held the 2018 Spring Open Monday and Tuesday at Tarandowah Golfers Club and after a taste of the summer heat the week prior players were abruptly reminded it was still spring. The Spring Open is the first of four events in the "Chase for the Breenie Cup" presented by Triple Bogey Brewing Co.
The Tarandowah Golfers Club which was played just over 6400 yards is rooted in history and traditions of the game. It is wind swept and has undulating fairways and greens protected by deep, sod-faced bunkers and bordered by fescue grasses. At this time of the year Tarandowah's fescue is mean and green which can be troublesome for players until it dries out and becomes wispy later in the season.
With cool and windy conditions there were just three players under par at the end of the first day of play, G.W. King, 6-under 64, Eddie Maunder 5-under 65 and Ron Kenesky at 2-under 68.
With an eagle on the 9th and six birdies, G.W. King (The Academy at The Georgian Bay Club) said, "I came into the event looking to play every shot with the intention of putting together the lowest score possible which means I was pretty aggressive off the tee, hitting a lot of drivers, which lead to my best scoring opportunities." He continued "I was playing well on Monday and I knew I was in a great position to have a chance on Day 2. I attribute that to the tournament I played at Tarandowah about a month ago. I played pretty well that day and it certainly helped me to see the golf course before this event because it allowed me to feel more comfortable off the tee today".
Heading to the tee on Tuesday it was sunny with a light wind but as the day went on the temperatures dropped, the wind increased and nearing the end of the round it was 11 degrees feeling like 8.
With the conditions getting tougher G.W. knew that Eddie wasn't going away which helped him focus on what he needed to do. Not focusing on the lead gave King the freedom to play each shot appropriate to the situation. He said "That's the great thing about Tarandowah, it gives you so many options to play each shot which is such a fun way to play when the conditions are tough. 
G.W. King said "After I got home, I was looking at the names on this trophy and I reflected on how many times I have played in this championship and how many times I looked at this trophy at the registration table every year.  I don't think I ever really believed that I was good enough to win a major PGA of Ontario event until maybe last year.  Coming in to this year I felt that this was a real possibility and to have my name on that trophy means a lot more to me than I thought it might."
Players will get another look at Tarandowah Golfers Club next year when the Spring Open returns in 2019 where G.W. will look to defend his title.
For Full Results and Scores from the 2018 Spring Open CLICK HERE

For Breenie Cup Standings CLICK HERE
The Chase for the Breenie Cup continues on July 9 & 10 at Black Bear Ridge Course for the TaylorMade Ontario Zone Championship. 

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