– By Joe McLean, Flagstick Editorial Assistant
They were last off the first tee, last into the clubhouse and last to receive their cheques as the winners of the Ottawa PGA Pro-Pro event on the Flagstick.com Tour presented by Callaway Golf Canada on Sunday, August 28th. Camelot’s James Sperinck and Kanata’s Brent Deighan had to put in extra time as they finished regulation play in a tie with the Smiths Falls duo of Paul Vaillancourt and Jason McGrath at three under par 67 on the Kanata Golf & Country Club course.
The format for the event was six holes of best ball, six holes of scramble and six holes of Chapman. Forty-eight Ottawa PGA golf professionals were in attendance not only playing for a cheque but also the points required to qualify for the Ping Challenge Cup pitting a team of professionals against a team of Assistants later in September.
It was a tough day to play; the winds were howling as Hurricane Irene made her presence felt throughout the day. A lot of knock down shots were played throughout the day as the cold winds made life interesting for the golf professionals.
With a heavy cloud cover, the two teams made their way back to the short par 4 – 18th hole measuring 351 yards three times and the par 5 – 564 yard, 9th hole once. The four-hole playoff featured tremendous tee and approach shots, agonizing missed chip shots and lipped out putts by both teams. On the final playing of the 18th hole with darkness setting in, Brent was able to capitalize on his partner James’ drive to the back of the green by chipping the ball close enough for James to drain a winning birdie putt to the Smiths Falls teams’ par.
Interviewed after the prize presentations by Ottawa PGA Zone co-captain Gord Percy and Callaway Golf Canada representative David Glasbey, Camelot’s James Sperinck praised his partner as “a good, young man to play with” while Kanata’s Brent Deighan who received his playing card earlier in the year found his second event “nerve-wracking” and gave full credit to his partner for “constantly keeping the team in play”. Both winning team members gave full credit to their opponents from Smiths Falls for their play in the playoff.
Finishing in a tie for third place with 1 under par scores of 69 were Greg White and Barry Laphen from Cedarhill, Scott Mikkelsen and Bill Keating from Camelot and the team of Champlain’s Mike Dagenais and Jean Pilon from Gatineau.
Congratulations to all of the competitors for their play on a very tough day to play golf.