His name did not make a lot of lists for those guessing who would win the 2010 Titleist/FootJoy Canadian PGA National Club Professional Championship but those familiar with Brian Hutton knew he was a very capable player.
Obviously he had the ability to win a national championship as that is exactly what the 52 year-old yesterday in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the Wannamaker Course at PGA Village. The Head Professional at the Southbrook Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario added a final round 68 to his opening 68 and 73 to beat out David Zibrik and Marc Girouard by a single stroke.
Already in the clubhouse, Hutton had to wait and watch as his nearest rivals took their shot at catching him on the final hole, but both missed their respective birdie putts to force a playoff.
Hutton was trailing most of the day on Wednesday but sparked his round with an eagle on the 13th hole and a follow-up birdie on the 14th to boost him past Girouard who had taken over the lead over a faltering Zibrik.
“This is absolutely incredible, I really can’t believe it,” Hutton said after being declared champion. “To win a National Championship alongside my peers and to beat a field of this caliber is pretty incredible and I’m going to enjoy every second of it.”
For his efforts Hutton received $12,000.
For Eastern Ontario/Western Quebec pros it was a slightly disappointing showing overall but there were still some quality finishes. Jeff Buder of Arnprior (now head pro at Point Grey G&CC in Vancouver) finished in a tie for 6th, his 4th top ten in his history of playing in the event.
Graham Gunn of Kanata and the White Sands Golf Course and Practice Centre had the top finish of CPGA Ottawa Zone members. He tied for 9th place with scores f 72, 74, and 69 (215).
Chris Barber of The Landings Golf & Teaching Centre garnered a tie for 17th place while Deep River GC Head Professional Chris Learmonth rallied with a final round of 69 to climb into a tie for 21st.