The ten thousand dollar first place cheque at the 18th edition of the Rideau View Pro-Am was a nice little boost for Adam Cornelson but how he played to earn it almost means more.
The Langley, British Columbia native beat a quality field of professionals on August 19th at the Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick, including PGA Tour members Brad Fritsch and David Mathis. For a 26 year-old PGA TOUR Canada player having variable success on the links this year, getting a win of any kind provides not just a significant payday, but a nice boost in the confidence department.
Earlier this year the pro won on the Vancouver Golf Tour and also made the cut in five of six appearances on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica but five events into his 2013 PGA TOUR Canada campaign he has just two cuts made to show for it. With that trend of late Cornelson’s winning score of six-under par 66 may have seemed surprising to some, but to the University of New Orleans graduate, it was a sign of positive steps he is making in his game. In “I’ve have some ups and downs but I feel like I’m progressing every year but I’m definitely a better player than I was last year, no question.”
Cornelson looked extremely at ease on the Manotick, Ontario layout even holing out an approach on the par four second hole for an eagle. “This course suits my eye, it has a feel of my home course. That really made me feel comfortable.”
The left hander said that while the course fit his style of play also knowing some top players were in the field pushed him along during the round. “You’ve got two PGA TOUR players (in the field) and for one it’s his home course; that was probably a good thing for me because when I got to four (under par) I didn’t think it was good enough; I got to five I didn’t think it was good enough. I kept telling myself these are some of the best players in the world so I kept pushing.; I didn’t stall. I kept going at pins and hitting good shots.”
The strategy worked, buoying Cornelson to a one shot won over defending champion Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ontario. The runner-up would go on to win the evening’s long drive contest with a blast of 356 yards.
The thought of the victory will be a nice boost for the B.C. pro come Thursday when he tees it up at the Upper Canada Golf Course in Morrisburg for The Great Waterway Classic – the PGA TOUR Canada event that brought him to eastern Ontario this week. “This is proof that what I am doing is working. Sometimes you might make one step forward take two steps back but I’ll go there full of confidence and take it one round at a time.”