Another “Eug” Win For Wong

– Tour Rookie Wins First Playing of The Great Waterway Classic –

(Gananoque, Ont.) –  Winning is getting to be a habit for Eugene Wong and it’s one he doesn’t want to give up anytime soon.

The Canadian Tour rookie claimed his second Canadian Tour win of the year on Sunday at The Great Waterway Classic.  It was the third win in as many weeks for the University of Oregon graduate who also hoisted trophies at the Canadian Tour Championship and the Vancouver Open, an event on the Vancouver Golf Tour.

A day before his 22nd birthday Wong posted a final round of 6-under 65 to push his week long total to 18 under par, one better than runner-up Daniel Im.

“It feels great to be the inaugural winner of this tournament,” said Wong after a trophy ceremony that saw him piped in by a band and presented the trophy by two RCMP officers in full dress uniform.  “Eug”, as he is known affectionately by his friends, was also cheered on by many of his fellow tour players who waited on the 18th green for his arrival.

In winning his third event in as many weeks Wong was clearly stunned.  “I mean, I don’t know how to describe it.  It’s kind of a little shocking still.  To win three in a row is just awesome.”

After turning pro Wong had some objectives in mind but even for him it it hard to believe how things have turned out.

“Basically my goal when I came out of college was to try and get a few exemptions on the Canadian Tour and if I did (to) try and get in contention if not, get some top tens and make some cuts. For me to win once was awesome but to win twice is just, kinda, I’m blown away.”

At Smuggler’s Glen the North Vancouver native, like in his other wins, says he depended heavily on his short game to propel him to victory.  “I never usually change my game plan; I rely on what my strengths are.”

He was not even thinking about the win through nine holes in the final round when he was just two under par for the day.  A birdie on the tenth hole sparked him along, leading to a back nine of 4 under par, 32, and the victory.

Wong’s round of 65 was his eighth straight round of 68 or better on the Canadian Tour.

The win also pushed him to 4th place on the tour’s final Order of Merit with $33,936.25 earned in just four events.

“To have this kind of momentum looking ahead to Q-school, I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” he concluded.

Closing out the Canadian Tour season at the top of the Order of Merit was Matt Hill, of Sarnia, Ontario. Hill also won the Canadian Rookie of The Year Honours presented by The Great Waterway,

For his finish Hill earn an exemption into the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School along with Burlington’s Michael Gligic who finished second in the Order of Merit.

The three regional golfers who made the cut also had a fairly successful Sunday.

Oliver Tubb of Stirling, Ontario had his best finish ever on the Canadian Tour.  His 6 under par, 65, with no bogies on Sunday pushed him all the way to a share of 9th place.

Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau, Quebec added a 67 to his tournament total to tie for 30th while Brad Boyle of Kingston, a sponsor’s exemption, earned a piece of 43rd place.

GANANOQUE , Ontario – Scores Thursday from the final round of the $100,000 The Great Waterway Classic, at the 6,572, par-71 Smuggler’s Glen (a-denotes amateur)
xEugene Wong $16000 67 66 68 65 —– 266
Daniel Im $9600 70 69 63 65 —– 267
David Dragoo $6000 64 65 71 70 —– 270
Roger Sloan $4400 68 68 70 65 —– 271
Trey Denton $4400 67 66 70 68 —– 271
Danny Sahl $3,333.33 69 66 69 68 —– 272
Tyler Harris $3,333.33 65 66 73 68 —– 272
Jaime Gomez $3,333.33 63 68 72 69 —– 272
Oliver Tubb $2700 71 67 70 65 —– 273
Carlos Sainz Jr. $2700 65 65 74 69 —– 273
Will Strickler $2700 68 65 69 71 —– 273
Wes Heffernan $2299 67 70 69 69 —– 275
Nick Taylor $1819 68 67 73 68 —– 276
Garrett Frank $1819 68 70 71 67 —– 276
Wil Collins $1819 70 68 70 68 —– 276
Joe Panzeri $1819 66 64 76 70 —– 276
Mark Hoffman $1819 65 69 71 71 —– 276
Cory Renfrew $1399 70 69 73 65 —– 277
Steve Saunders $1399 71 71 69 66 —– 277
Kyle Stough $1399 67 69 71 70 —– 277
Matt Richardson $1250 69 67 72 70 —– 278
Steven Lecuyer $1100 72 69 72 66 —– 279
Darren Wallace $1100 67 73 69 70 —– 279
Kent Eger $1100 69 67 71 72 —– 279
Yohann Benson $1100 72 64 70 73 —– 279
Michael Gligic $1100 69 63 73 74 —– 279
David Byrne $923.33 71 67 77 65 —– 280
Matt Hill $923.33 71 67 75 67 —– 280
Brian Unk $923.33 71 71 70 68 —– 280
Eugene Choe $777.14 70 65 81 65 —– 281
Mitch Evanecz $777.14 68 71 76 66 —– 281
Marc-Etienne Bussieres $777.14 71 71 72 67 —– 281
Jesse Smith $777.14 72 69 72 68 —– 281
Adam Cornelson $777.14 66 66 80 69 —– 281
Kyle Kallan $777.14 70 67 73 71 —– 281
Derek Tolan $777.14 73 64 72 72 —– 281
George Bradford $649 68 70 75 69 —– 282
Nathan Stamey $649 72 68 71 71 —– 282
Steele DeWald $649 69 70 72 71 —– 282
Derek Gillespie $575 67 69 77 70 —– 283
Alex Carrigan $575 69 73 70 71 —– 283
Jon McLean $575 70 68 74 71 —– 283
Lucas Leibel $483 71 63 82 68 —– 284
Jae Woo Im $483 70 65 81 68 —– 284
Nathan Leonhardt $483 71 68 75 70 —– 284
Mike Mezei $483 74 65 74 71 —– 284
Brad Boyle $483 71 69 72 72 —– 284
Sejun Yoon $416.25 68 67 80 70 —– 285
Devin Carrey $416.25 70 71 73 71 —– 285
Matt Hoffman $416.25 70 70 74 71 —– 285
Patrick Scheil $416.25 66 72 76 71 —– 285
Elliott Wainwright $389 75 66 73 72 —– 286
Lucas Symons $375 70 69 77 71 —– 287
Chris Baryla $375 68 73 74 72 —– 287
Scott Stiles $360 70 72 74 72 —– 288
Jan Meierling $351 74 68 76 71 —– 289
Joel Dahmen $336 69 71 79 73 —– 292
Gregory Belsito $336 68 71 79 74 —– 292
Andrew Hopkins $336 69 70 77 76 —– 292
Mike Woodcock $259 73 68 74 80 —– 295
Thomas Hay $259 71 66 77 81 —– 295
Oliver Dunn $200 67 74 82 80 —– 303

 

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