G.W. King Clinches PuttingZone.ca Ontario PGA ELITE Championship Presented by Ash City in Playoff


G.W. King Clinches PuttingZone.ca
Ontario PGA ELITE Championship Presented by Ash City in Playoff

(Sutton West, Ont., September 16, 2009)
– For the second consecutive tournament and day an Ontario PGA event was won in a playoff. This time four Canadian PGA ELITE Apprentices battled in a two hole playoff at The Briars Golf Club just outside of Toronto. G.W. King (Georgian Bay Club) secured the victory with a clutch birdie on the second playoff hole (10th hole) and in doing so won his second individual stroke play Ontario PGA event and sixth of his career.

King was victorious over Conor O'Shea (Core Golf Academy), Greg Gates (Angus Glen) and John McCann (Fairtree Golf Centre). Each player shot 1-under-par 70 to gain entry into the four man playoff.

“I really like this golf course, it’s a comfortable set up for me,” said King, who grew up on a similar cottage course in Midland. “I wasn’t playing particularly well coming into this event so I didn’t expect much, but when I got in the playoff I knew I had to be aggressive especially considering the caliber of the players in the playoff.”

This is the fourth consecutive year the ELITE Apprentice Championship has been played at The Briars Golf Club in Sutton West on Lake Simcoe. Although the course is relatively short in length players never manage to set the course a blaze. Today played especially tough with firm and fast conditions, something the players were not used to after last year’s rain soaked course.

2008 winner Dave Levesque struggled with the putter today and was three shots out of the playoff after posting 2-over-par 73. Assistants’ Order of Merit runner up Eddie Maunder (Deerfield) finished in a tie for fifth after posting an even par round along with Michael Farrugia (Fairtree) and Jeremy Brimble (Watson’s Glen). Megan Chapman (Georgian Bay Club), the lone female in the field posted 75 to finish in a tie for 17th spot in her first Ontario PGA tournament.

Chapman along with Tyler McGhie (Hockley Valley) was among 14 new Canadian PGA ELITE Apprentices who gained entry to the Canadian PGA last month to play in the ELITE Championship.  Not only did Chapman and McGhie finish in the top 20 they also earned their first professional pay cheques.

Notes: John McCann qualified for the second year in a row to compete in the Bamboomer Ontario PGA Long Drive Championship.

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