It took four extra laps of the 18th hole, but Andy Crampton was able to secure the win at the 76th playing of the Kawartha Invitational on Monday, August 1st.
The 31-year-old member at the acclaimed Kawartha Golf & Country Club leaned on a final round of 69 (-1) to push him into a playoff with Conor Gaudet, a Wilfrid Laurier University golf team member from Cataraqui Golf & Country Club in Kingston, Ontario.
The pair finished 54 holes of regulation play at +2 at the Peterborough-area golf course, necessitating the extra holes that culminated in near darkness.
Crampton is no stranger to success at his home course, he posted a personal best score of 61 on the Stanley Thompson-designed layout just last year, but this is his first title at the historic event.
He now joins luminaries like Moe Norman, Ben Kern, Nick Weslock, Gerry Kesselring, Gar Hamilton, Jon Mills, and Taylor Pendrith as those with their name on the Wall of Recognition as past champions.
There was also a notable finish in the event. Cataraqui member Hayden Underhill finished in 5th place. It’s a remarkable showing considering that on March 15th he was involved in a head-on vehicle crash with his University of Southwest golf team that left him in critical condition and claimed the lives of his college coach and six teammates.