Curry Wins 2017 PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone Championship

Shawn Perno of TaylorMade Golf (left) with Lee Curry (right) Photo: Joe McLean

Another beautiful summer day awaited PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone golf professionals for the second round of their Zone Championship at the Rockland Golf Club.

This Zone Championship is the final points-counting competition on the Flagstick.com Players Tour of the PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone and is sponsored by TaylorMade Golf. In fact, TaylorMade and Adidas are the title sponsors for each of the PGA of Canada Zone Championships across Canada.

Flagstick talked with TaylorMade area representative Shawn Perno and asked about the Nationwide sponsorship.

“TaylorMade and Adidas have signed an agreement with the PGA of Canada for the sponsorship of all of the Zone Championships from Western B.C. to the East coast”, said Shawn. He continued, “The winner of each zone championship punches his way into the PGA of Canada Championship for next season. The winner of this PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone Championship will get a free exemption no matter where he stands on the Order of Merit for the PGA of Canada.”

The reference to “punching his way in” refers to the set of boxing gloves, appropriately adorned with TaylorMade, Adidas and PGA logo’s that is awarded to the champion in each zone of the PGA of Canada.

Players in the senior division of the zone championship were placed in the middle of the championship field and they were able to declare a winner before the rest of the field had finished.

Shawn Perno, Steve Hall and Michel Normand (Photo: Joe McLean)

Starting out the day, Greg White from the Cedarhill Golf & Country Club had held a slim 1-stroke lead over Terry Kolar from the Mississippi Golf Club and a three-stroke lead over 2017 PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone Senior Champion Steve Hall from the Sand Point Golf Club.

Steve Hall backed up his 3 over par round of 75 with another and was the winner in the senior division of the championship. Greg White finished second with his total score over the two days of 152.

In the Zone Championship, J.C. Beecroft from the Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Jean Leduc from ClubLink’s Hautes Plaines Golf Club and Jeff Gunn from the White Sands Golf & Practice Center played in the final group as they had each posted scores of even par on the first round of the championship.

In the fourth last group, 2014 Zone Champion Lee Curry from the Camelot Golf & Country Club was working his magic and came in with a round of 68 giving him a two-day total score of 143 which would hold up giving him his second Zone Championship. By the way, Lee’s previous win came at this same course when it was known as the Outaouais Golf Club.

When asked about his win, Lee answered – “I knew that there were a number of guys ahead of me but I had a feeling that if I got it to under par on the tournament, I would have a good crack at it for sure. The condition of the course was dynamite, the greens were rolling fantastic and the pins were challenging both days. I’m looking forward to my exemption from TaylorMade and to where they’re holding the PGA of Canada Championship Tournament next year.”

Finishing in a tie for 2nd place with total scores of 148 was two-time Zone Champion Dave McDonald (73-75) from Carleton Golf & Yacht Club and six-time Zone Champion Graham Gunn (73-75) from the White Sands Golf Club.

Congratulations to all of the PGA of Canada Ottawa Zone Golf Professionals who took part in their Flagstick.com Players Tour Zone Championship.