Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada May 27, 2012 – 19 year old Clayton Presant of Kingston rode a day one lead through the final day of the 4th Flagstick Amateur Shootout at Smuggler’s Glen on Sunday to earn what he called the “biggest win of my career.”
Presant had shot four under par, 68 on day one to take a three stroke lead over a foursome of golfers heading into the final round of the 36-hole stroke play event.
He built on that lead in the closing round by posting an opening nine of 32 strokes. At that point he had surged to six strokes ahead of the second place player, Sean Lackey, the three-time defending City of Kingston Champion who now resides in Oakville.
As strong as that lead was almost everybody knew it might not be safe on the very tricky Smuggler’s Glen layout where the Canadian Shield often makes its rocky presence known. By the time the final groups made their way through the 15th hole of the day, Lackey had reached two under par overall while Presant had given away two strokes to narrow the gap between them to just three.
“The nerves were acting up, a lot,” said Presant about his play on the closing holes which looked a little more ragged than it had been all weekend long. “I don’t know. I can’t explain it. I tried to stay the same but, it just gets to you.”
Presant says things changed a bit for him when he spotted the leader board behind the 15th green and realized that his lead had diminished. “I saw that and figured I better pick up my game.”
Despite another bogey on the 17th hole, Presant was able to keep things together and eventually sink the winning putt on the 18th hole to the applause of the crowd who recognized his victory. Presant completed the 36 holes at -4 (68-72).
The new champion says he just tried to stay focused all weekend long. “I just wanted to play my game and that’s what I tried to do. I tried not to do anything ridiculous and just keep my ball in play.”
Asked what had helped him through the weekend Presant was quick to credit one club alone, “My putter was on fire this week; I pretty much made everything I looked at.”
With the win the champion also received a special prize, an exemption into The Great Waterway Classic, the Canadian Tour event that will play out at Smuggler’s Glen this September 3-9th.
Unfortunately had to pass on the exemption to the second place finisher, Sean Lackey (71-71), as he recently signed a golf scholarship to attend Limestone College in South Carolina and felt it would be too difficult to get back for the tournament which takes places several weeks into his first semester.
David Dargie, Tournament Director for The Great Waterway Classic was on hand to congratulate Clayton, and subsequently Sean, on earning the exemption into their Canadian Tour event.
Flagstick Golf Magazine Publisher Jeff Bauder was pleased by the event that saw a solid field of 72 golfers enjoy competition and camaraderie over the course of the weekend. “We could not have asked for better weather and we look forward to doing it all again next year for the 5th anniversary. We have another great champion and I think that just shows what a quality tournament this is becoming.”
Providing tremendous support for the tournament was Mike Doyon, Territory Manager for Eastern & Northern Ontario for Nike Golf Canada.
Additional sponsors included Smugglers Glen Golf Course, Glen House Resort, and Aquafina.
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