Kurtis Barkley Captures Flagstick Shootout

Kurtis Barkley, the 2015 Flagstick Shootout Champion (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Kurtis Barkley, the 2015 Flagstick Shootout Champion (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Kurtis Barkley, the 2015 Flagstick Shootout Champion (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)

Kurtis Barkley started the golf season just like he ended the last one.  With a victory.

The 2014 Ottawa Valley Golf Association Tournament of Champions winner survived the test of difficult playing conditions and a talented field of competitors to win the 2015 Flagstick Shootout on May 24th.

Barkley, 27, fashioned an amazing start in round one of the tournament, posting a sparkling score of 69 (-3) when only one other player in the elite invited field managed to break par.  A Smuggler’s Glen Golf course playing hard and fast and swept by constant winds of over 40 km/h had competitors noting that the tournament might end up being nicknamed “the slaughter at Smugglers”.

With calmer winds for the final round, a slough of players were looking to chase down Barkley, particularly those joining him in the last group on Sunday, past champion Dwight Reinhart and talented teen, Noah Steele.

In the end though it was Barkley, a member of Cedar Glen Golf Club in Williamsburg, Ontario who bested the slate of players that included top amateurs and many talented collegians.  The new champion sealed off the victory with a closing birdie on the 18th hole, for a final round of 74.  His successful 30 foot putt ensured that Dwight Reinhart, looking at a 12 footer of his own for birdie, could not sink it to force a playoff.

Reinhart had closed to within a stroke of Barkley with just one hole to play but it was something the champion was not even aware of.

“I had no idea, I was just playing my own game,” said Barkley. “Fairways and greens was all I wanted and that’s what I tried to do. I had a few drives that got away and cost me but I tried to make up for them.”

In earning his 143 (-1) total Barkley made just five bogies over the two rounds, remarkable considering that a litany of experience players who endured one disaster after another on the technically difficult Smuggler’s Glen course.  “It’s definitely challenging; you have to play smart.  You have to hit a lot of fairways and greens to even have a chance to play well,” Barkley commented on the layout.

As for the win the new champion was both surprised and elated at the success.,

“It’s great. I can’t believe I did it,” said an elated Barkley after he accepted the trophy.  “Playing against all those guys in there (the clubhouse) it means all that more. They are the best that I know of in Ontario; to come out on top is mind blowing.”

“I had a couple tough rounds before here so it’s great to always play a good course well.”

Barkley says he plans to play the final two events in the BMG Cup Series, the Flagstick Open at eQuinelle in July and the Flagstick BCC Open at Brockville Country Club in September.

He concluded, “I can’t wait for eQuinelle to start.”

The round of the day Sunday at the Flagstick Shootout came from Ryan Sevigny of Ottawa.  Sevigny posted a closing 69.  That earned him a share of third place with two-time past champion of the Flagstick Shootout, Clayton Presant, and ex Olympic and professional hockey player, Carter Trevisani.

There were just four rounds under par recorded over the two rounds of play.

1 Kurtis Barkley

Cedar Glen
-1 69 74 143
2 Dwight Reinhart

Eagle Creek Golf Club
+1 72 73 145
T3 Carter Trevisani

Grey Hawk Golf Course
+2 73 73 146
T3 Clayton Presant

cataraqui golf and cc
+2 74 72 146
T3 Ryan Sevigny

+2 77 69 146
T6 Kyle Koski

Eagle Creek GC
+4 77 71 148
T6 Noah Steele

Cataraqui Golf and Country club
+4 71 77 148
8 Taylor Collins

Arnprior Golf Club
+6 75 75 150
T9 Dan Tapp

Greyhawk
+7 76 75 151
T9 Devan Schulert

Kingsville Golf Club
+7 77 74 151
T9 Phil Patterson

Prescott Golf Club
+7 74 77 151
12 Allen McGee

Glen Mar
+8 76 76 152
T13 Assaad Moussaoui

Cataraqui
+9 76 77 153
T13 Josh Whalen

Napanee G&CC
+9 74 79 153
T13 Peter Beneteau

Camden Braes
+9 79 74 153
16 Kyle Rivoire

The Landings Golf Course
+10 77 77 154
T17 Eric Macrow

The Landings GC
+11 77 78 155
T17 Zac Wood

Carelton Golf
+11 83 72 155
T19 Jamaal Moussaoui

Cataraqui
+12 82 74 156
T19 Robert Mustard

Tecumseh
+12 78 78 156
T21 Dale Watts

Brockville Country Club
+13 80 77 157
T21 Tom Dickson

Gan golf and country club
+13 80 77 157
T23 Ben Brayman

eQuinelle Golf Club
+14 79 79 158
T23 Jason D’Angelo

Greensmere
+14 86 72 158
T23 Joe Matthews

Smugglers Glen
+14 80 78 158
T26 Adam Folco

Brockville CC
+15 81 78 159
T26 Andrew Fazackerley

Rivendell
+15 81 78 159
T26 Shane Fagan

Ottawa Hunt Club
+15 81 78 159
T29 Greg knudsen

Black Bear Ridge
+16 82 78 160
T29 Mike Forbes

Black Bear Ridge
+16 84 76 160
T31 Austin Evans

Rideau View
+17 83 78 161
T31 Dave Redmond

Smugglers Glen
+17 80 81 161
T31 Denis Odorcic

Hautes Plaines
+17 85 76 161
T31 Jordan Rochon

Cornwall Golf & Country Club
+17 83 78 161
T31 Russ Passmore

Osprey Ridge
+17 82 79 161
T36 Mathieu Rochon

Cornwall Golf and Country Club
+18 89 73 162
T36 Tim Lemoyre

Renfrew Golf Club
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38 Jesse Hogan

Cataraqui Golf and Country Club
+20 80 84 164
39 Sean Flynn

Rideau View
+21 84 81 165
T40 Jerry Traer

Trillium Wood Golf Club
+22 85 81 166
T40 Lance LePage

Morrisburg
+22 86 80 166
T40 Rob Knights

Grey Hawk GC
+22 84 82 166
T43 Kirk Dillon

Rivendell
+23 80 87 167
T43 Lance Lockett

Eagle Creek
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T45 Erik Lockhart

Garrison
+24 82 86 168
T45 Glenn Caird

Smugglers Glen
+24 88 80 168
T45 Shawn Selleck

Smugglers Glen
+24 87 81 168
T48 Jamie Nicholas

Bay of Quinte Golf Course
+25 86 83 169
T48 Sean Miller

Equinelle
+25 85 84 169
T48 Tim Doyle

Equinelle Golf Club
+25 86 83 169
T51 Daniel Lwow

Executive Golf
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T51 Mike Payer

Arnprior Golf Club
+28 88 84 172
T53 Mark MacDonald

Cataraqui
+29 86 87 173
T53 Matthew O’Neill

Cornwall GCC
+29 85 88 173
55 Jeff Sanders

Public Player
+30 84 90 174
56 Dean Van Vugt

Garrison
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T57 Chuck Chamberlain

Eagle Creek
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T57 Greg Spencer

GreyHawk
+33 90 87 177
T57 John Ackehurst

Arnprior
+33 89 88 177
T57 Marc Ffrench

+33 93 84 177
61 Brad Philip

Amherstview Golf Club
+37 92 89 181
62 Marc Beauvais

Arnprior
+38 90 92 182
63 Paul Noble

Hammond Golf Club
+39 98 85 183
64 Chris Gropp

Equinelle
+40 101 83 184
T65 Marc Lavimodiere

Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club
+41 94 91 185
T65 Stefan Thedorf

Public Player
+41 95 90 185
T65 Tim Alder

Anderson Links G&CC
+41 93 92 185
68 Kevin Baldelli

Executive Golf
+42 97 89 186
69 Philippe Poitras

Executive Golf
+44 98 90 188
70 Patrick Finlan

The Marshes Golf Club
+53 100 97 197
71 Sean Ball

GAO Public Player
+54 103 95 198
DNF Jack Moussaoui

Cataraqui G & CC
80 DNF DNF
DNF Michael Coon

Crooked Creek
85 DNF DNF
NS mark pothier

Liverpool golf and cc
NS NS
NS Paul Martin

Landings Golf Course
NS NS