There were many stories to choose from and it just goes to show that the GHT is full of talent that can compete at all levels. One player gave us a record breaking season where some statistics were off the chart. In June, Many GHT members played in the PGA of Canada Championship and it was a highly seeded individual that grinded out a Quarterfinal appearance. We saw a hole in one on a par 4 in the Pro/Junior Golf Classic. GHT members captured 3 PGA of Ontario Championships. 2013 also saw the playing of the Inaugural Club Car Cup in which the team from the Golden Triangle Tour was victorious, however a certain GHT member went 6-0 for the matches.
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Lowville Golf Club allows for players to get birdies early in their round and then hold on coming down the stretch. Conor O'Shea played the first fourteen holes 6 under par and played the final four holes 1 under par to card a 7 under score of 64. However, Jim Kenesky playing his home course managed to play the first 12 holes in 8 under par, which included 2 eagles and 4 birdies and had the surrounding groups whispering talk of 59. But an unlikely stretch of 5 straight bogeys dropped Kenesky to 3 under for the day leaving O'Shea the runaway winner at Lowville and setting a new course record.
2013 saw the inaugural Club Car played. The event featured two teams of 12 players from both the Golden Horseshoe Tour and Golden Triangle Tour (Kitchener-Waterloo) compete in a Ryder Cup format. The event saw Better Ball matches on day 1 followed by Singles Matches on Day two. Each match was a nassau scored match, 1 point for front nine, 1 point for back nine, and 1 point for overall match. The first team to 27.5 points won the Cup. Mark MacDonald compiled a record of 6-0 during the matches for team GHT and was the point leader for the losing side. MacDonald put together a very quiet and impressive season on the GHT and earned his way on to the team. Going 6-0 makes Mark a player to watch in 2014. The team from the Golden Triangle Tour took home the Club Car Cup 30.5 to 23.5.
#8 Ed Maunder Makes 41 Birdies Over 8 Events and Finishes with a 68.3 Scoring Average
Ed Maunder had one of the greatest seasons statiscally on the GHT compiling 41 birdies over 8 events for a 5.1 average per round. With a scoring average of 68.3, he was a full 4 shots better then the next players that played a complete 8 event schedule. Maunder truly had a remarkable season, and the statistics back up the overall results.
2013 was an up and down year for Jim Kenesky, but for one day he quietly snuck up on some of the top players in the province to capture the PGA of Ontario Assistants' Spring Championship at Wyndance GC in Uxbridge ON. It was the first time Kenesky played the Greg Norman layout and birdied the final two holes to post a 5 under par 67 to beat Brian McCann by one and Bill Walsh, Ron Kenesky, and Conor O'Shea by two shots.
Hole in One's are never easy, especially when your hitting a driver to a green over water and trees to a tight back right flag location on a 317 yard par 4. However, Ron Kenesky beat the odds by hitting a perfect tee shot directly at the flag and holing it out for an unlikely ace on the 317 yard par 4 5th hole at Southern Pines G&CC in Mt. Hope, ON. The hole in one gave him 16 points in the modified stableford event and eventually it would be the difference as he won the Pro/Junior Golf Classic by 7 points over Brett Walker.
The PGA of Canada Championship sees the top 64 ranked players via the PGA of Canada Player Rankings compete for the National Title. The 2013 playing of the PGA of Canada's National Championship saw five GHT members compete at the prestine Magna Golf Club in Aurora, ON. They were Brian Hutton (#6), Reggie Millage (#10), Conor O'Shea (#37), Ed Maunder (#39), and Dan Greenwood (#57). As the 57th seed, Dan Greenwood from Heron Point Golf Links showed his strong determination as he fought through 3 rounds before finally being taken down by the number one seed Brian McCann in the Quarterfinals. The highlight of the week for Greenwood came on the 18th hole in the 3rd round against John McCann (#41) where he was one down with one hole to play and made an unlikely 40 foot birdie putt to force extra holes. On the 20th hole Greenwood pured a mid iron on the tough par 3 to about 15 feet and two putted to win the match.
#4 Ed Maunder wins 5 out of 8 Events
Never in the history of the GHT has any player won more than half the events on a schedule. Reg Millage won 3 out of 5 events played in 2008. Ed Maunder played every event on the schedule in 2013 and won 5 out of 8 events. Included in those wins were the back to back wins to finish off the season at Beverly G&CC and Rattlesnake Point Sidewinder. Maunder won the first two events of the season at Greystone GC and Trafalgar G&CC shooting a combined total of 10 under par. His other win came in the middle of the summer at Chedoke Civic Golf Course. He won and dominated on arguably the toughest playing golf courses all season. His relative to par for the five wins was 18 under par shooting 67-66-68-65-71.
After an early first round exit from the PGA of Canada Championship in June, Conor O'Shea went on to win the PGA of Ontario Merit Golf Vacations Match Play Championship over an impressive list of fellow professionals. He defeated GHT member Bradlee Ryall in the first round, Danny King in the second round, Gord Burns in the third, and Bruce Rogerson in the Quarterfinals. The Match Play then saw the Semi Finals played at Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, ON where O'Shea met Titleist Cup teammate TeeJay Alderdice and defeated him to earn a spot in the finals. The Championship Match featured two GHT members David Moro and Conor O'Shea. David Moro gave Conor a great fight but in the end O'Shea won with a fabulous up and down on the final hole to win 1 up.
Entering the final round of the 2013 PGA of Ontario Assistants' Championship at Peninsula Lakes Golf Club in Fonthill, ON, 2011 John H. Davis Cup Champion Alf Callowhill found himself 3 shots behind the first round leader. Callowhill started his day with seven straight pars and then reeled off two birdies on holes 8 and 9 to head to the back nine at 4 under par for the tournament. Callowhill then made 4 birdies on the back nine to finish with a bogey free 6 under par 65 and win the tournament by two shots for his first major PGA of Ontario Championship.