It is a title he has coveted for years and now it’s his.
Dave McDonald, the Associate Professional at the Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, won the Flagstick.com Player’s Tour PGA of Ottawa Titleist/FootJoy Zone Championship on Friday at The Meadows Golf & Country Club in Gloucester.
Starting the day two strokes back of round one leader Mike Dagenais, the Class A pro fashioned a score of 4 under par, 68, to catch the leaders and capture the championship. It is the biggest career victory to date for the Smiths Falls native who has had some success in tournaments through the years.
“I got off to a hot start and made 4 birdies in the first six holes and finished birdie, birdie today”, said the 2015 winner of the Canadian PGA Ottawa Zone Championship Trophy winner. “I just hung in there in between. These were my best two tournament games back to back ever. I had a couple of practice rounds here (The Meadows) which really helped. It’s huge to have my name placed on the trophy with all of the other champions who have won through the years. It’s quite an honor. I want to thank my fellow competitors in my group for both days. Gregg Foley was there both days and Jon Stevenson and Graham Gunn were fun to play with.”
Dave is the 25th golf professional to hoist the trophy in the Ottawa Zone Championship since the formation of the Zone in 1976. Multiple winners of the championship include Yves Mandeville (1980/1981), Kevin Haime (1987, 1990 & 1996), Bob Flaro (1993, 1995 & 1998), Graham Gunn (1997, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2011 & 2013), Dwight Reinhart (2000 & 2001) and Chris Barber (2005, 2006, 2008 & 2010).
Joe Dubinski (73-68), from the 19th Tee and the OAC’s Luke Saunders (70-71) finished in a tie for second place two strokes back of Mr. McDonald.
In the Senior Division round one leader Terry Kolar of the Mississippi Golf Club hung on to secure the win. He had a two day total of 146 – 71, 75. Hot on his heels was Juniper Fairways Scott MacDonald (74-73-147) playing in the final group of the day with the Senior Division winner. Finishing third was Calabogie Highlands Steve Hall (75-77-152).
Titleist/FootJoy & Acushnet Canada representative Gavin Corbeil and Eastern Canadian Sales Leader Mike Rowan were on hand to pass out the cheques to the winners.
Also announced at the awards presentations was the PGA of Ottawa Assistant’s Team who will compete in the PGA of Canada National Assistant’s Championship presented by Callaway Golf Canada at Camelot Golf & Country Club from September 9-11. Mark Rouse, Dan McNeely, John Kelly and J. C. Beecroft will form the PGA of Ottawa Assistant’s team.
Congratulations to all of the competitors in the Flagstick.com Player’s Tour PGA of Ottawa Titleist/FootJoy Zone Championship and also to The Meadows Golf & Country Club for putting on a great show.