Overcome with emotion, Dave McDonald asked for a few moments before being pictured with the Canadian PGA Ottawa Zone Championship Trophy for the second year in a row.
“Unbelievable” said Dave McDonald when asked about his second consecutive Zone Championship win. He continued – “I’m very proud to be able to repeat and keep playing well. I made five birdies on the front nine today and made the turn at three under for the championship. I made every putt I looked at on the front nine. I didn’t quite know where I stood, but I knew I would be close. I held it together and managed even par on the back to shoot 69.”
Fairways and greens, play smart and don’t get too aggressive is how the 2016 PGA of Ottawa Zone Champion described his play. Dave also gave credit to his long-time caddie Glenn Reed for providing a calming influence.
The Carleton Golf & Yacht Club associate professional bested a field of PGA of Ottawa golf professionals over two days at the Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ontario. The Zone Championship, sponsored by Titleist / FootJoy, is the premier event for PGA of Ottawa golf professionals on the Flagstick.com Players Tour.
Dave led the field with his total score of 3 under par (72-69-141) on the tough Camelot track over two hot days. Tied for 2nd place at even par 144 were first round leader and PGA of Ottawa Summer Open Champion Colin Pitchers (GolfTEC) (68-76) and four-time PGA of Ottawa Zone Champion Chris Barber (The Landings) (72-72).
2014 PGA of Ottawa Zone Champion Lee Curry (Hylands) (76-71) along with 2009 PGA of Ottawa Zone Champion Michel Dagenais (Champlain) (73-74) and Jeffrey Gunn (Advantage Golf School) (71-76) finished in a tie for 4th with their two day total scores of 147. In a tie for 7th place at 150 were Marc Foucault (Mont Ste Marie / Kingsway Park) (71-79) and Dan McNeely (Smiths Falls) (74-76). Six-time PGA of Ottawa Zone Champion Graham Gunn (Advantage Golf School) (74-77) along with PGA of Ottawa Spring Open Champion Bill Minkhorst (Prescott) (77-74) and Jonathan Schaepper (Mountain Creek) (75-76) finished in a tie for 9th with their total scores of 151. Tied for 12th at 153 were J. C. Beecroft (Royal Ottawa) (79-74) and John Kelly (Ottawa Athletic Club) (77-76). Scott Johnson (Kanata) (81-75) and Jason McGrath (Glen Mar) (75-81) finished in a tie for 14th place with their scores of 156.
Apart from the PGA of Ottawa Senior Championship which was won by Graham Gunn this year, the PGA of Ottawa Spring, Summer and Zone Championship events on the Flagstick.com Players Tour each feature a senior division and prizes are awarded for senior professional participants. John Watson from Golf-O-Max finished first in the senior division with his total score of 153 (76-77) over the two days at Camelot. PGA of Canada Professional Paul Vaillancourt finished in 2nd place with his two-day total score of 163 (84-79).
PGA of Ottawa Captains Colin Orr and Bill Keating thanked the members and staff at Camelot Golf & Country Club for allowing the Zone Championship to be held at their highly-ranked golf course and for their attention to detail over the two days.
Praise also went to Titleist / FootJoy and their representative Gavin Corbeil for their continued support of the PGA of Ottawa’s Zone Championship on the Flagstick.com Players Tour.
PGA of Ottawa Executive Director and 1976 PGA of Ottawa Zone Champion Harry Hereford was thanked for his tireless work before and during the 2016 PGA of Ottawa Zone Championship.
Congratulations to all PGA of Ottawa Golf Professionals who took time off from their hectic schedules to participate in their Zone Championship.