Raoul Menard Wins Duke Of Kent

Raoul Ménard with Golf Québec's Executive Director, Jean-Pierre Beaulieu. (Photo Courtesy of Golf Quebec)

(Golf Quebec) A playoff was necessary today, Saturday, July 9th, at the Royal Québec Golf Club to identify the winner of the 2011 Duke of Kent presented by the BPG Buying Group. Raoul Ménard , 19, of St-Jean finally captured the victory against Iannick Lamarre of golf Beloeil after a one hole sudden-death playoff.

When Ménard teed off for his second round, he was two strokes behind the leader, Max Gilbert, who shot 66 (-6) in the first round of the tournament. A birdie on the first hole enabled Ménard to start to gain on Gilbert, eventually passing him. Like in round one Menard outdid himself on the back nine where he accumulated birdies. As a result, he was able to shoot six under par in two rounds on Royal Québec’s par fives.

“I was really confident on the back nine. I know that I needed these three birdies on the last five holes if I wanted to force Iannick to face me in a playoff. Like in the first round, in which I played four birdies on the last five holes, I was able to place my ball on the greens and improve my chances”, mentioned the champion. “This is an important step in my short career as golfer and I am really enjoying this victory”, added Ménard.

Throughout the second round, it was Iannick Lamarre who captured everyone’s attention as he was repeating Gilbert’s first round achievement, and registered a score of 66 with 7 birdies and only one bogey. The young Beloeil golfer, who shows great improvement since the beginning of the season, even took the lead at the 15th hole and caught up to Ménard.

The play-off was short. Lamarre made a bogey, which enabled Ménard to write his name on the Duke of Kent trophy.

Celebrations will not last very long for the winner as he needs to be at the Alpin Golf Club on Monday and get prepared for the Men’s Provincial Amateur Championship. “I am not really familiar with that course and it is a four-day tournament. A good practice round as well as a lot of patience will be a must through the tournament”, said Ménard. The last event of the men’s Triple Crown will take place next week, in the Québec City area as well. The Alpin Golf Club will be host to the Men’s Provincial Amateur Championship presented by the BPG Buying Group, from July 13 to 16, 2011.

Dwight Reinhart of Renfrew, in second place after day one where he shot 67, unfortunately faltered to a 75 on Saturday and had to settle for a share of 4th place.



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