Merit Golf Vacations Ontario PGA Match Play Championship Presented by Last Minute Golfer – Bracket Update

6/25/2009

Merit Golf Vacations Ontario PGA Match Play Championship Presented by Last Minute Golfer – Bracket Update

(Pickering, Ont., June 24, 2009) – The first and second rounds of the Merit Golf Vacations Ontario PGA Match Play Championship presented by Last Minute Golfer are in the books. A total of 71 Canadian PGA Professionals and Apprentices began the match play journey at the beginning of April and only 32 remain as of June 15th.

In the Ben Kern bracket one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Match Play Championship occurred when unseeded Jeff Palmer (Lora Bay) defeated reigning player of the year and top bracket seed Scott Bogle (King Valley). Palmer was victorious over Bogle in 19 holes at Muskoka Bay Club in Gravenhurst.

“Our match was a real barn burner,” said the affable Palmer. “I grinded hard and was able to pull it out in extra holes,” added Palmer who now faces Greg Colekessian (Georgian Bay Club) in the third round.

One of the longest matches on record occurred in the Ben Kern bracket between Dan Clark (Golden Ridge) and Patrick O’Neil (Henry Brunton Golf). The duo played their match at York Downs a 27-hole facility just north of Toronto. Coincidently the players needed 27 holes to decide their match where in the end O’Neil was victorious.

“It was a lot of fun,” said O’Neil after his match. “I would hazard a guess that you have not had many results like that one” added Clark.

In the Moe Norman bracket, which also might be the deepest, all of the top seeds managed to make it through to the third round. The remaining players include three past champions and two former match play finalists. Danny King (2006), Andy Holborn (2007) and Lynden D’Aloisio (2008) are all past champions while Ken Tarling finished runner up in 08 and John Rushnell finished fourth in 2007. Coincidently Tarling and D’Aloisio will meet one another in the third round which means a repeat of the 2008 final is not in the cards.

In the George Knudson bracket 2008 third place finisher Colin Murray won his opening match after receiving a bye and will now face Rick Sovereign. Players to watch in that bracket include Dave Levesque and Reggie Millage. Both players faired well at the recent VIA Rail Canada Cup Match Play tournament in Quebec.

Players to watch in the Al Balding bracket include Piero Poletto who took out 2009 Assistants’ Spring Champion Brian Groves. Dave Wettlaufer, Eddie Maunder and Matthew Peavoy are all players who could come out of the Balding bracket.

The 2009 Ontario PGA Match Play Championship final will be played on September 18, 2009 at The National Golf Club of Canada. The finalists from each division will play a semi final match in the morning followed by the championship and consolation match in the afternoon.

To view the brackets click here.

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