Back To Back – Presant Prevails Again at Flagstick Shootout

Clayton Presant Hoists The Flagstick Shootoot Trophy for the second consecutive year. (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)
Clayton Presant Hoists The Flagstick Shootoot Trophy for the second consecutive year. (Photo: Scott MacLeod, FlagstickGolfPhotography.com)

May 26th, 2013 – Gananoque, Ontario – A year ago, in a field of veteran amateur golfers, Clayton Presant of Kingston, Ontario surprised many as the winner of the Flagstick Golf Magazine Spring Amateur Shootout.  He proved it was no fluke on Sunday, May 26th as the 20 year-old Limestone College student became the first repeat winner in the history of the championship.

On day one the defending champion took a slim lead with an opening 73 at the always challenging Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course.  The one over par score was well-earned as the 72 elite invitees in the field faced cool and gusty conditions.  Inconsistent winds and a golf course soaked by rain pushed scores much higher than expected.

Trailing Presant by a single stroke after day one was three-time City of Kingston Champion Sean Lackey (Oakville, ON) and former pro hockey player Carter Trevisani (Ottawa, ON).

Day two presented an almost equal challenge weather-wise.  Wind still swirled but temperatures rose and so too did the quality of golf.

While many players turned in better tallies on Sunday, Presant would not relent to even his closest pursuers.  In 2012 he built a big lead with nine holes to play and stumbled a bit coming home. He did not want a repeat of that.

“To be honest I wasn’t as nervous this time. Having the five shot lead after fifteen was kind of nice,” said Presant moments after signing for his final round of two under par, 70, and accepting the winner’s trophy for second time.

That said, he did feel some pressure down the stretch.  After pushing his lead to five with three holes to play, his playing partner, Trevisani, pushed back.  The 30 year-old former Ottawa 67 and Carolina Hurricane draft pick turned it on in a last ditch effort to catch the leader.

Presant could hear his footsteps. “He had me real nervous. He made birdie on 16 and then he rolled in another on 17 and I had to make about an 8 footer for par. If didn’t make that the 18th hole would have been a lot more interesting.”

On the par five finishing hole Trevisani failed to reach the green in two, losing his second shot to the trees, but scrambled for a miraculous par.  His 146 total (74-72) earned him a share of second place with top amateur Jeff Crowe (75-71) of Windsor, ON who made birdie on the last to close out his weekend.

“I just waited a little too long to be aggressive,” said Trevisani afterwards.  “I needed to press for birdies earlier.  I kept waiting for Clayton to make a mistake and he just didn’t.  He was just so steady.”

That was the case on the last leg as the champion played the water-ridden final hole conservatively. “I didn’t need to make birdie, I just wanted to make a par and get out of there.”

While quite reserved during his play Presant broke out in a smile once the last putt was holed and he shared a victory hug with his caddy and father, Duncan.

As Presant reflected on the win he gave credit to his past season at college in Gaffney, South Carolina for his continued success on the golf course.  “Just playing down south all year, at school, and with a lot of good players all the time makes you a better player.  I think it really helped me.”

In taking on Smuggler’s Glen he said set out a conservative game plan that paid off.  “I just kept the ball in play.  I just wanted to get it in the fairway and it’s not too hard after that.”

With a win already under his belt the champion says he will look to play in the Ontario Amateur and fill out his schedule with other local events. In 2014 he hopes to return to the Flagstick Shootout for chase a third straight win.

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The Flagstick Shootout is now part of the three-event BMG Cup Series presented by Nike Golf.  The next leg of the Series will take place on July 27/28 with the Flagstick Open at eQuinelle Golf Course in Kemptville, Ontario.  The Series concludes on September 21/22 with the Flagstick BCC Open at the Brockville Country Club in Brockville, Ontario.



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