Cleveland Golf / Srixon Ontario PGA Assistants' Championship presented by SUNDOG Underway at Pen Lakes

8/3/2010

Brian McCann & Billy Walsh Share First Round at
Cleveland Golf / Srixon Ontario PGA Assistants’ Championship
Presented by SUNDOGat Peninsula Lakes Golf Club

(Pelham, Ont., August 3, 2010)
– Brian McCann (Academy at BraeBen) and 2008 Assistants’ Champion Billy Walsh share the first round lead after firing 5-under-par 66 at Peninsula Lakes. McCann, who is playing in first Ontario PGA Assistants’ Championship, was even on his front nine (Quarry) and 5-under-par on his back nine (Hillside). Walsh on the other hand was 3-under on the front and 2-under on the back.

“I played really well today and I feel if I can match my round from today I will have a good chance,” said Walsh. “I think the Quarry / Hillside puts a bit more of a premium on ball striking and that works in my favour,” said Walsh, after hitting 17 greens on his round.

McCann, who joined the Ontario Zone this past fall from the Tournament Professional Divison, had 9 straight pars to open his round followed by five birdies on the back nine.  Those five birdies included a stretch of three straight to complete his round.

“Tee to green I hit the ball great,” said McCann, who is starting to peak at the right time. “I made a putter change after last week and I’m rolling the ball quite well,” added McCann who finished

2009 Champion Dave Levesque, who is coming off the biggest win of career at last week’s Canada Cup in Montreal, sits 3 shots back of McCann and Walsh at 2-under-par 69. Levesque, who has won over $30,000 in the last three weeks, will need another impressive round like his 61 in 2009 to threaten for the win tomorrow.

Other notable scores from Pen Lakes includes three players that are currently one shot of the lead. 2006 Champion and Peninsula Lakes Associate Professional Colin Murray, AJ McKenzie (Conestoga) and G.W. King (Georgian Bay Club) all shot 4-under-par 67.  2007 Champion Reggie Millage is 2 shots off the pace at 3-under-par 68.  Local player Cameron Thin (St Catharines) shot a solid round of 1-under-par 70.

Notes: Michael Resciniti qualified for the Bamboomer Ontario PGA Long Drive Championship. Resciniti finished second behind G.W. King at the 2009 Long drive championship.

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