McGee Successfully Defends Title at Flagstick BCC Open

– Also Wraps Up BMG Cup Series Title-

Allen McGee wins the 2013 Flagstick Golf Magazine BCC Open (Photo: Scott MacLeod)
Allen McGee wins the 2013 Flagstick Golf Magazine BCC Open (Photo: Scott MacLeod)

Brockville, Ontario (September  15)-   In the same tenacious fashion that he displayed last year Allen McGee of Dunrobin, Ontario (70-74) repeated as champion of the Flagstick BCC Open Sunday at the Brockville Country Club.  In the process he also wrapped up top spot on the season-long BMG Cup Series points list for the three tournaments put on by Flagstick Golf Magazine. All three events were presented by Nike Golf Canada.

The 7-time Ottawa Valley City & District Champion fought back from a two stroke deficit to start the final eighteen holes to eventually win by five shots over 2013 Canadian Women’s Amateur Champion Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls (75-74).

First round leader 2012 Quebec Mid-Amateur Champion Dwight Reinhart actually led the field by two shots with nine holes to play but faltered to finish third (72-78).  “I had stuck to my plan all day, just hitting greens and making pars and letting people come after me and I was just too conservative all the way in. It happens; it’s golf and I’ll give it a shot again next year,” explained Reinhart.

McGee says he knew he was behind late into the tournament but birdies on the 11th, 13th and 16h holes propelled him to the win.

He made a similar charge in 2012 to beat out Adam Folco on the final day.

“I just kept grinding. Number 16 has been good to me, I think last year I birdied 16 and 17 to pull ahead and it helped me again today,” said the smiling winner after being presented both the Stanley Thompson and BMG Cup Series Trophies.

In tough playing conditions McGee realized he was not on the ropes even as he was behind to start the final round.  “You know, it was almost exactly the same as last year because yesterday I hit the ball much better than today but made nothing on the greens.  I came out today and I didn’t hit the ball great but I got up and down from everywhere. I just hung in there.”

McGee played with runner-up Brooke Henderson in the final round (along with Dan Tapp) and the trio drew a nice crowd to follow their play. Many of the spectators were out to follow Henderson, the 10th ranked female amateur in the world.  The 16 year-old was a late addition to the field but seemed to enjoy her weekend playing against 97 male golfers, a situation that did not seem to phase her.

“Yeah, it was a lot of fun,” said the National Team member.  “My playing partners were so nice and just happy to play with me which I thought was pretty cool.  It was a great two days; there were a couple putts yesterday I wish had fell for me but overall it was a great weekend and a great competition.”

With her play Henderson earned top honours in A Flight. The B Flight was won by Sean Flynn (77-76) while the best of C was Mark Peacock (81-79). Wade Wright captured D Flight with rounds of 82 and 88 for a 170 total.

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