July 28, 2013 (Kemptville, Ontario) – On a Sunday hampered by intermittent rain, Ottawa’s Rob Knights held on to his lead in the final round to become the very first champion of the Flagstick Open at eQuinelle.
Knights established himself on the top of the leaderboard in round one on Saturday by posting a flawless 5-under par, 67, at the second event of the three-tournament BMG Cup Series presented by Nike Golf Canada. (http://flagstick.com/bmg-cup-series/)
That put him two shots up on Greg Spencer of Ottawa and Jesse Hogan of Kingston who each opened at 69, and set up a final threesome showdown for Sunday.
At the same time a number of other players were lurking, knowing that scoring conditions were ideal on an impeccably manicured eQuinelle golf course.
By the time Knights reached the final hole on Sunday he was aware that after a steady final round a par on the closing hole would be enough to earn him the win. Ottawa golfers Ryan Sevigny (71-69) and Carter Trevisani (74-66) were sitting in the clubhouse at four under par. Trevisani’s 66, with an unfortunate bogey on the 17th hole, was the low round of the weekend.
Knights secured that par, his final round 72, and with it became the very first champion of the Flagstick Open at eQuinelle.
“Today was a bit of a grind,” said the winner. “The front nine I hit a lot of greens but didn’t make any putts. Jesse (Hogan) actually made back to back birdies and took the lead by one and then he had a double; then Greg made three birdies in a row and he took the lead. I was just going along making pars.”
After a three putt bogey by Spencer on hole #13, Knights shared the lead. That continued through the 14th hole where they each made birdie. Knights pulled ahead for good on the 16th hole where he made a birdie on the par three.
“What I was happy about was that I only made two bogeys in the two days,” said the relieved Knights, who is a former golf professional but returned to amateur golf several years ago. “I hit a lot of greens.”
Knights, who won the Ottawa Valley Golf Association Masters in 2012, says it feels good to win again, especially after a time in his life when his golf was not what he hoped. “I took a few years where I wasn’t playing a lot and then I came back last year. I have to give a lot of credit to my partner, Ann, for allowing me to go and play a lot and then to two Grahams, my friend Graham Jones who took lessons from Graham Gunn initially and said that I had to go see Graham to help changes the things that I needed to change in my swing. I have to thank Graham (Gunn) for working with me since last April. It’s been a bit of a process but it is really starting to come.”
Knights says he will be in Brockville in September to chase the BMG Cup title at the BCC Open at the Brockville Country Club.
More than one hundred players enjoyed the weekend of play at eQuinelle with four flights in action.
Ryan Sevigny won the A Flight title with a lengthy birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Carter Trevisani. Daniel Lwow was the B Flight Champion. Rounding out the flight winners were Rick St-Denis in C Flight and Jeff Gatcke in D Flight.
“It was an exciting weekend of golf,” said Flagstick Magazine Publisher Jeff Bauder. “eQuinelle was a perfect host for the second event in the series. We look forward to the next Flagstick Open at eQuinelle which was in incredible shape as always. The tournament in a nice addition to the golf schedule in the National Capital Region and really rounds out our series.”
A full leaderboard is available at this link – http://www.flagstick.com/flagstick_open/flagstickopen_leaderboard.htm