PGA of Ontario Sr. Spring Open Decided at Black Bear

Black Bear Ridge 2012 (5) Hole #18 edit 2
Black Bear Ridge GC (Photo: Scott MacLeod)

BELLEVILLE, ON – The PGA of Ontario went east this year for their 2015 Senior Spring Open and it was a wise decision.

Located in Belleville Ontario, Black Bear Ridge Golf Course hangs its hat as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the province and it did not disappoint.  “Not only is Black Bear Ridge stunning to look at, it is a true test and its variety of holes will challenge any player up to the task”, Executive Director Kevin Purcell commented.  Players could not stop talking about the conditions of Black Bear Ridge Golf Course and the attention to detail by the grounds crew.

There were twenty two seniors (50+) in the field May 21st and they were all put to the test, but after the round there can only be one winner.  Gary Jeffrey, who just recently turned 50, made sure he was the last man standing at day’s end.  “I got off to a fortunate start out of the gate; I had some lucky breaks and was happy to be one-over par after five holes.” Jeffrey reminisced after the award ceremony.  “From that point on I saw every hole very well and made the shots that I wanted to make.”  Number six was the turning point in his round going birdie, eagle, birdie through the next stretch.

It wasn’t all clear sailing for Jeffrey coming home though, “I had a tough three putt on 15 and made bogey.  Then I took an unplayable on 17 and struggled to save bogey.  I really thought I needed to birdie 18 to have a shot at the title.”

And birdie he did.

Jeffrey made five birdies and an eagle on his way to a 3-under 69, besting Oshawa native John Rushnell (Oshawa Golf Club) for sole possession of first place. He joins the likes of past champions Gar Hamilton, Dan Clark, Ron Janes, Dave Bell, Keir Smith, and last year’s champion Mark Kappes.

The PGA of Ontario will be at Taboo Muskoka Resort next week for the Spring Open.  It is a two-day stroke play event which is the first major on the PGA of Ontario tournament schedule.

Pos. Player To Par
Purse Points
1 Gary Jeffrey

Golf Town (Barrie)
-3 69 $600.00 50.00
2 John Rushnell

Oshawa Golf Club
-2 70 $510.00 40.00
T3 Gar Hamilton

PGA of Ontario Life
-1 71 $465.00 38.00
T3 Brian Hutton

-1 71 $465.00 38.00
5 Bill Mackenzie

The Academy at St. Andrews East GC
+2 74 $425.00 34.00
T6 Mark Kappes

+5 77 $197.50 32.00
T6 Keir Smith

The National Golf Club
+5 77 $197.50 32.00
T8 James Carter

Dalewood Golf Club
+6 78 $0.00 28.00
T8 Colin Black

+6 78 $0.00 28.00
T8 Jonathan Anderson

Northern Greens Golf Centre
+6 78 $0.00 28.00
T11 John White

Beechwood Golf & C.C.
+7 79 $0.00 24.00
T11 Bob D. Kennedy

Cullen Gardens Golf Range
+7 79 $0.00 24.00
T11 Stephen Balas

Winchester Golf Club
+7 79 $0.00 24.00
14 Dan Clark

GolfTEC Richmond Hill
+8 80 $0.00 21.00
T15 John Schmidt

Chippewa Golf & Country Club
+10 82 $0.00 20.00
T15 Gordon Cochrane

PGA of Ontario Life
+10 82 $0.00 20.00
17 Attila Becsy

PGA of Ontario Life
+13 85 $0.00 18.00
T18 Terry Kirkup

+14 86 $0.00 17.00
T18 Thomas Tremblay

Northridge Public G. C.
+14 86 $0.00 17.00
T20 Michael Schurman

PGA of Ontario MP L
+15 87 $0.00 15.00
T20 Frank McMulkin

Beaumaris Yacht Club
+15 87 $0.00 15.00
T20 Neil Smith

Maple Downs Golf & C.C.
+15 87 $0.00 15.00


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