2017 Ontario Zone Assistants Championship

National Pines Golf Club

The PGA of Ontario Assistants’ Championship is one of the longest running championships conducted by the PGA of Ontario. The storied list of past champions is impressive and includes a number of Hall of Fame members. George Knudson (CGHOF), Moe Norman (CGHOF), Bob Panasik (CGHOF), Irv Lightstone (OGHOF), Bob Rose, Dave Garner, Bill Bevington, Herb Holzscheiter, Tim McKeiver, David Miller, Rob Moore, Dan Greenwood, Ashley Chinner and Jerry Anderson (OGHOF).

DATE: August 08, 2017 - August 09, 2017

FIELD: Maximum – 144 players. Should the entry exceed that number at the entry deadline, the exemption formula in the 2017 Tournament Rules & Conditions will be applied.

TEE TIMES: Day 1: 7:30 am tee times Day 2: 7:30 am crossover

FORMAT: This is a 36 hole stroke play competition, with a cut to the low 60 plus ties, after the first round

REGISTER BY: August 02, 2017


  As Of May 6, 2008
  No players have committed to this event yet  
  2016 Bill Walsh Jr.  
  2015 Brian McCann  
  2014 Brian McCann  
  2013 Alf Callowhill  
  2012 Bill Walsh Jr.  


Thomas Keddy wins the 2017 Assistants Championship - his Second PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone Major Championship victory in 2017

August 9, 2017
INNISFIL, ON - The PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone was at the beautiful National Pines Golf Club this week for the 2017 Assistants Championship. The Assistants Championship finished similar to the 2017 TaylorMade Ontario Zone Championship, with Thomas Keddy (Oslerbrook Golf Club) etching his name into the Earl Morris trophy. Thomas Keddy left his mark on both Championships making 2017 a year to remember. 
The two-day championship is notorious for garnering some of the PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone's best players and this year was no different. Thomas Keddy headlined the week by winning his second consecutive PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone major championship. Keddy finished the tournament with eleven birdies on his way to a 6-under 138. 
"It was great playing out there today," Keddy said after the round. "They had us playing back today and with a few more tricky pins it was a good test for a major championship. We had a really good group but I managed to make another double today so it wasn't a totally clean round. I was two or three shots back when I made the double, but the finish at the TaylorMade Ontario Zone Championship gave me the confidence to finish strong today."
"I think confidence plays a huge role in how you perform, especially under pressure," Keddy continued. "If you've been there before, and felt that pressure before, you can expect yourself to keep it going or dig yourself out of a hole. I think I just knew that I have been playing well, and when I wasn't playing great today, I knew that I could play well enough to win."
Keddy was only over-par on three of his thirty-six holes, with his only bogey coming on the eighteenth hole of the second day. It was an impressively clean couple of days and more than worthy of his second major championship in 2017. Nick Kenney (The National Golf Club of Canada) made Keddy sweat all day long. Kenney and Keddy shared the lead for a large portion of the day and on the eighteenth tee Kenney was only two back. Keddy managed to keep his wits about him dropping the ball in the hole one-shot ahead of Kenney for the Championship. 
Keddy, as he did at the TaylorMade Ontario Zone Championship, gave all of the credit to his late grandfather who passed away earlier this year. He promised him he would win his first career tournament. Not only did he deliver on his promise, but he doubled down honouring his grandfather with two 2017 major championships. 
With this win Keddy secures his spot on the PGA of Canada - Ontario Zone Assistants team who will be competing against other zone teams in the PGA Assistants Championship of Canada on September 17-20 at Richmond Country Club in Richmond, BC. 
2017 Assistants Championship TOP 5:
1. Thomas Keddy (69,69)
2. Nick Kenney (69,70)
3. David Sheman (71,72)
4. Braeden Cryderman (68,76)
5. Brian McCann (70,75)
For full scores and results from the 2017 Assistants Championship CLICK HERE

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