Kelly wins Playoff for Assistants’ Championship

John Kelly of Hylands wins the 2012 PGA of Ottawa Assistants Championship (Photo: Joe McLean)

“It’s a Great Day at Loch March” was certainly true for Hylands Golf Club Assistant Professional John Kelly. John tied Rideau View Country Club’s Lee Curry and Alec Hubert from the Royal Ottawa Golf Club with even par rounds of 72 at the Loch March Golf & Country Club on August 13 during the Ottawa PGA Assistants’ Championship.

All three players entered a sudden-win playoff on the first hole to see who would win the championship. Unfortunately, Mr. Hubert was eliminated on the first hole when he caught a flyer lie from the left rough ending up with a bogie while Mr. Curry and Mr. Kelly both missed their birdie putts.

Both Mr. Curry and Mr. Kelly took routine two-putt pars on the 2nd sudden-win playoff hole and they were off to the third hole. Both players landed their tee shots around the 100 yard marker in the fairway. Mr. Kelly hit the green first and was left with a 30 foot putt and Mr. Curry also hit the green and was first to putt from 35 feet. Narrowly missing his birdie putt, Mr. Curry marked his ball and Mr. Kelly calmly drained his birdie putt ending the playoff.

When asked about participating in a playoff, Mr. Kelly responded that he “entered playoffs with a feeling of being calm. The worst that could happen would be a 2nd place finish.” Mr. Kelly has been playing some great golf in Ottawa PGA tournaments over the last couple of years and he credits his ball-striking to his practice regimen between the lessons he gives at Hylands Golf Club. Mr. Kelly is also off to Florida this fall in an attempt to qualify for the PGA Champions Tour.

Ryan Hardy from The Meadows Golf Club ended up with a 4th place cheque with his score of 75. He was followed in 5th place by Pembroke’s Drew Calver and Jason Winters from the Kevin Haime Golf Centre who both recorded scores of 76.

This was the first Assistant’s Championship run by the Ottawa PGA in the last few years and all of the assistant professionals looked like they enjoyed their day off and the camaraderie with fellow professionals. All of the Assistant Professionals were quick to thank the staff at Loch March for both their hospitality and the course conditioning.

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