Dave McDonald Jumps Into Early Lead At PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada

Dave McDonald recently won the PGA of Ottawa Zone Championship trophy for the second time (File Photo: Joe McLean)
Dave McDonald recently won the PGA of Ottawa Zone Championship trophy for the second time (File Photo: Joe McLean)
Dave McDonald recently won the PGA of Ottawa Zone Championship trophy for the second time (File Photo: Joe McLean)

History and his own recent record were on the side of Dave McDonald as he prepared to play in this week’s PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada (presented by Callaway Golf) at Lora Bay Golf & Country Club.

McDonald, the 33 year-old Associate Professional at the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club in Manotick, Ontario, is coming off a win at the PGA of Ottawa Zone Championship. It was the second year in a row for him to win that championship. This time around he turned the feat at the Camelot Golf & Country Club.

Yes, that just happens to be the same club that hosted the National Assistants’ Championship last year, a championship that was won by Brad Kerfoot.

To further the connection, Kerfoot and McDonald are both products of the junior program at Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club. That’s an impressive coincidence, and the play of both hometown boys has only been dwarfed by the recent work of some teenager from the same club who happened to win an LPGA major this year – World #3 Brooke Henderson.

McDonald will try to win his own major this week and he is off to a great start with a 66 (-6) on the board at the Thornbury area course that is set along the shores of Georgian Bay.

Starting his day with a bogey, McDonald reeled off seven birdies in the last 17 holes to post the lowest round of the day by a stroke. His lead is over a trio of very experienced players in the form of Bryn Parry, Mike Belbin and Dustin Risdon. Each turned in a 67 (-5) on Tuesday.

McDonald, known for hitting the ball straight, used the skill to the utmost in round one, adding in a hot putter to make for a fruitful combination.

“I hit some really good shots, made a lot of putts and just kept the ball in play all day,” McDonald commented after he left the course.

Asked if having the lead put more pressure on him heading into round two, McDonald was earnest in his response. “Don’t know yet; I’ve never sat in this position before so this is all new to me.”

He added, “The course sets up well for me. I just won the Zone Championship at Camelot two weeks ago and I find the courses a lot alike (both were designed by Tom McBroom). Greens out here are perfect so it sets up nice to my eye.”

The leader will tee off at 8:40 on Wednesday for round two. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Thursday after 54 holes.

Two other Eastern Ontario golfers who now reside elsewhere, Brad Kerfoot and Oliver Tubb, are tied for 11th.

The Alberta squad leads the 36-hole Inter-Zone competition (which is compiled of four players on each team representing their respective PGA Zone and is contested over the first two rounds) at 8 under, four shots better than Team Ontario and five better than B.C.

Leaderboard

Pos. Player Total
To Par
Gross
Thru
R2
To Par
Gross
R2
R1 R2 Total
Gross
1 McDonald, Dave

Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, ON
-6 8:40 AM, Hole 1 66 66
T2 Risdon, Dustin

National Golf Academy Dome, AB
-5 9:00 AM, Hole 1 67 67
T2 Keddy, Thomas

Oslerbrook Golf Club, ON
-5 10:30 AM, Hole 1 67 67
T2 Parry, Bryn

Point Grey Golf & Country Club, BC
-5 11:30 AM, Hole 1 67 67
T5 Gonko, Michael

Oviinbyrd Golf Club, ON
-3 8:20 AM, Hole 1 69 69
T5 Belbin, Mike

Royal Mayfair Golf Club, AB
-3 9:10 AM, Hole 1 69 69
T5 Michaud, Sonny

Club de Golf La Tempete, QC
-3 9:30 AM, Hole 1 69 69
T5 Walter, Murray

Redwood Meadows Golf & C.C., AB
-3 11:00 AM, Hole 1 69 69
T9 Shin, John

Northview Golf Academy, BC
-2 8:20 AM, Hole 1 70 70
T9 Kenney, Nick

The National Golf Club of Canada, ON
-2 9:10 AM, Hole 1 70 70
T11 Kerfoot, Brad

Maple Downs Golf Club, ON
-1 8:50 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Tubb, Oliver

University Golf Club, BC
-1 8:50 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Walsh, Bill

Fairtree Golf Centre, ON
-1 9:00 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Bedard, Pierre-Alexandre

Cap Rouge (Club De Golf), QC
-1 9:20 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 McCann, Brian

Brampton Golf Club, ON
-1 9:20 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Smith, Keir

The National Golf Club of Canada, ON
-1 10:50 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Morgan, Douglas

Richmond Country Club, BC
-1 11:10 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Stinson, Kevin

Valley Golf Centre, BC
-1 11:40 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T11 Cord, Adrian

Weston Golf & Country Club, ON
-1 11:50 AM, Hole 1 71 71
T20 Heffernan, Wes

Golf Canada Calgary Centre, AB
E 9:20 AM, Hole 1 72 72
T20 Macdonald, Mark

Deer Ridge Golf Club, ON
E 11:40 AM, Hole 1 72 72
T22 Callihoo, Chris

Saint-Raphael Inc. (Club De Golf), QC
+1 8:10 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 Goodwin, Derrik

St. Charles Country Club, MB
+1 8:10 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 D’Alfonso, Joseph

The Copper Creek Academy, ON
+1 9:50 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 Danish, Ethan

Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy, BC
+1 10:30 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 King, G.W.

The Academy at The Georgian Bay Club, ON
+1 11:00 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 Hartford, Gary

Riverside Golf Club, AB
+1 11:10 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 Jeffrey, Gary

The Georgian Bay Club, ON
+1 11:10 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T22 Wehrle, Chris

Kitchener, ON
+1 11:20 AM, Hole 1 73 73
T30 Akizuki, Shingo

Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, BC
+2 8:30 AM, Hole 1 74 74
T30 Curry, Lee

Ottawa Athletic Club Golf School, ON
+2 8:50 AM, Hole 1 74 74
T30 Wiegner, Jonathan

Fraserview Golf Academy
+2 9:40 AM, Hole 1 74 74
T30 Chilton, Gordon

Sleepy Hollow Golf Club, ON
+2 10:30 AM, Hole 1 74 74
T34 Rew, Chris

Bradlee Ryall Golf/Kaneff Academies, ON
+3 8:10 AM, Hole 1 75 75
T34 Bruce, Adam

Glendale Golf & Country Club, AB
+3 10:50 AM, Hole 1 75 75
T34 Maunder, Ed

Deerfield Golf & Recreation Centre, ON
+3 11:30 AM, Hole 1 75 75
T34 Bevan, Chris

Toronto, ON
+3 11:40 AM, Hole 1 75 75
T34 Montemurro, Jakob

Weston Golf & Country Club, ON
+3 11:50 AM, Hole 1 75 75
T39 McMulkin, Miles

Beaumaris Yacht Club, ON
+4 8:00 AM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Kelly, John

19th Tee Golf Club, ON
+4 8:20 AM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Bussieres, Marc-Etienne

Longchamp (Club De Golf), QC
+4 9:00 AM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Bélair, Christophe

Le Versant, QC
+4 9:10 AM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Hogg, Ian

Bradlee Ryall Golf/Kaneff Academies, ON
+4 10:40 AM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Murray, Colin

Kenesky Murray Golf Services, ON
+4 10:40 AM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Cameron, Tyler

North Bay Golf & Country Club, ON
+4 12:00 PM, Hole 1 76 76
T39 Cordes, Jason

Eaglequest Golf Centre At Coquitlam, BC
+4 12:00 PM, Hole 1 76 76
T47 Hubert, Alec

Kamloops Golf & Country Club, BC
+5 8:40 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Timms, Kasey

Drayton Valley Golf Course, AB
+5 9:30 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 McBride, Ryan

Cobble Beach Golf Links, ON
+5 9:40 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Cochrane, John

The Clublink Academy At Glen Abbey, ON
+5 10:10 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Flockhart, Tom

Quilchena Golf & Country Club, BC
+5 10:20 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Hay, Trevor

Point Grey Golf & Country Club, BC
+5 10:40 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Buder, Jeff

McCleery Golf Course, BC
+5 10:50 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Cyr, Lenny

Seymour Golf & Country Club, BC
+5 11:20 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T47 Mah, Matthew

Mill Woods Golf Course, AB
+5 11:20 AM, Hole 1 77 77
T56 DePiero, Jamie

Briar Fox Golf & Country Club, ON
+6 10:10 AM, Hole 1 78 78
T56 Callowhill, Alf

RattleSnake Point Golf Club, ON
+6 11:30 AM, Hole 1 78 78
T58 Rodriguez, Steve

GolfTEC Markham, ON
+7 9:30 AM, Hole 1 79 79
T58 Kirkland, Kyle

Cobble Beach Golf Links, ON
+7 10:20 AM, Hole 1 79 79
T60 Keating Jr, Walter

Whitewater Golf Club, ON
+8 8:30 AM, Hole 1 80 80
T60 Stanford, Wes

Oakdale Golf & Country Club, ON
+8 9:40 AM, Hole 1 80 80
T60 Watier, Alexander

Lively Golf & Country Club, ON
+8 11:50 AM, Hole 1 80 80
T60 Ferraro, Adam

The Georgian Bay Club, ON
+8 12:00 PM, Hole 1 80 80
T64 Hendershott, Dennis

Hi5golf inc., ON
+9 8:00 AM, Hole 1 81 81
T64 Kitts, Mark

Quilchena Golf & Country Club, BC
+9 11:00 AM, Hole 1 81 81
T66 Busetto, Joseph

Riverside Golf Club, AB
+10 12:10 PM, Hole 1 82 82
T66 Hogendoorn, Jason

Kawartha Golf & Country Club, ON
+10 12:10 PM, Hole 1 82 82
68 Bardswick, Stephen

Bradlee Ryall Golf/Kaneff Academies, ON
+11 10:10 AM, Hole 1 83 83
69 Beange, Adam

Deer Ridge Golf Club, ON
+13 8:40 AM, Hole 1 85 85
70 Ogden, Graham

Richmond Country Club, BC
+15 8:00 AM, Hole 1 87 87
T71 Johnston, Mike

Cedar Brae Golf Club, ON
+16 9:50 AM, Hole 1 88 88
T71 Zinck, Bryce

King’s Riding Golf Club, ON
+16 9:50 AM, Hole 1 88 88
73 DiFlorio, Joseph

GolfTEC Ottawa, ON
+18 8:30 AM, Hole 1 90 90
74 Dunn, Matthew

Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, BC
+23 10:20 AM, Hole 1 95 95
75 Sinden, Daryl

Pine Knot Golf & Country Club, ON
+28 12:10 PM, Hole 1 100 100