John McCann Holds Early Lead at Ontario PGA Championship


Barrie Natvie John McCann Leads Titleist & FootJoy
Ontario PGA Championship by Three Shots Heading Into Final Round

(Barrie, Ont., July 13, 2009)
– Barrie native John McCann (Fairtree Golf Centre) currently holds a three stroke lead at the wind swept 2009 Ontario PGA Championship after shooting 4-under par 68. Conditions at the Barrie Country Club saw wind gusts reaching upwards of 35 km/h with steady winds of 25km/h hammering the course for most of the day.   The scoring average for today increased by almost two strokes over 2008 and three strokes from 2007.

“It’s the toughest I’ve ever seen the course play,” said McCann who was a junior member at Barrie Country Club. “I feel very comfortable around here and the greens are always fantastic,” said McCann whose round included seven birdies.

McCann 36, whose parents own Allandale Golf Club in Barrie, had his best showing in this tournament in 2004 where he finished in a tie for second place. That second place finish wasn’t  his best finish at the Barrie Country Club, McCann is a past champion of the Barrie Country Club Junior Invitational which he won back in 1990.

“To win in your hometown is obviously something special,” said McCann. “But to win our biggest event of the year and in your hometown would be awesome,” added McCann who has two Ontario PGA Assistants’ Tour wins to his credit.

Two past champions of the Ontario PGA Championship at Barrie in Dave Levesque (Rattlesnake Point) and Ian Doig (Ian Doig Golf Academy) are three shots back of McCann at 1-under-par 71 and will make up the final group. Two other past champions in Bob Panasik (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame) and Gar Hamilton (Mississaugua) are currently four shots back at even par 72. Hamilton, who recently qualified for the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick will surely be able to use the U.S. Open like conditions from today when he tips it on July 30, 2009 in Indianapolis.

Notes: Dan Greenwood (Heron Point) had arguably the shot of the day when he made a hole in one on the 176 yard par 3 16th hole. This was Greenwood’s third hole-in-one during competition and fifth of his career. Steve Fox (Diamond Back) had an eagle on the par 4 15th hole making a two from 152 yards. Defending champion Danny King was humbled shooting 77 on day one of the tournament. The latest qualifier for the Bamboomer Long Drive Championship was Wayne Middaugh (Port Carling)

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