Dave Levesque Shoots 61 to Win Cleveland Golf / Srixon Ontario PGA Championship


Dave Levesque Shoots 61 to Win
Cleveland Golf / Srixon Ontario PGA Championship

(Pelham, Ont., - August 5, 2009)
– Dave Levesque (Rattlesnake) shot a final round 10-under-par 61 to win the Ontario PGA Assistants’ Championship by two shots. Levesque’s round consisted of 8 birdies and an eagle en route to shooting the course record (Orchard / Hillside). If not for a lip out eagle on the 16th hole Levesque had the elusive 59 in his sights.

“To be honest I wasn’t really thinking about 59,” commented Levesque. “I used to have a switch that as soon I was four or five under I would play defensive, I’ve been able to remove that switch and take it one shot at a time.”

Since joining the Ontario PGA in 2007 Levesque has won four times including what is considered two major championships (Ontario PGA Championship / Ontario PGA Assistants’ Championship). In the process he has also set two course records and shot a remarkable 34-under-par. Levesque’s 61 today was the lowest of his career, his previous best came at the Jane Rogers Championship in 2008 when he shot 63.

With this win Levesque punches his ticket onto the Ontario team which faces the Quebec PGA in the annual Ontario / Quebec matches. Ironically this will be the first time Levesque will take part in the matches and it was on his mind all day.

“Oh that is just awesome,” said Levesque when it was confirmed he was on the team. “The chance to play and finally beat them will be awesome,” added Levesque who was the Quebec PGA player of the year in 2005.

First round leaders Colin Murray (Peninsula Lakes) and Eddie Maunder (Deerfield) both shot great rounds but in the end came up short.

“I played really well and birdied my last four holes,” said Maunder. “I hung in there all day and I felt good about my chances,” added Murray.

Other notable scores from Pen Lakes included final round 66 from G.W. King (Georgian Bay Club) to move him up the leaderboard. Scott Bogle (King Valley), John McCann (Fairtree) and Michael Resciniti (Copper Creek) all finished tied for fourth.

The Ontario PGA Assistants’ Championship is one of the longest running championships conducted by the Ontario PGA. A number of Canadian Golf legends have won the Earl Morris Trophy including George Knudson, Moe Norman, Bob Panasik, Irv Lightstone, Herb Holzscheiter, Ashley Chinner and Jerry Anderson.

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