Colin Murray grinds out victory

7/15/2014

Colin Murray grinds out victory over final holes in Titleist FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship at Deer Ridge GC

 

For Immediate Release

July 15, 2014

 

KITCHENER, ON - With only a dozen rounds of golf under his belt this season, Peninsula Lakes Golf Club's Colin Murray could not have picked a better time to find his A-game than at this week's Titleist FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship at Deer Ridge GC.

 

The popular teaching professional from Niagara will spend 15 hours coaching and teaching at golf camps and private lessons on Wednesday, but his play on Monday and Tuesday will keep him smiling for at least a few days.

 

Murray was near picture-perfect as he carded an impressive pair of 69's to win the two-day championship by two shots over Nick Kenney of The National Golf Club of Canada. Murray and Kenney, who shared a power cart for the final round on Tuesday, were the only two golfers to break par as Murray finished at 6-under and Kenney settled in at 4-under (69-71) to earn $5,300.

 

For Murray, it's his first victory in the association's premier event after winning the Assistants' Championship in 2005. For the win he picked up a cheque for $8,000 and takes the championship trophy back home to celebrate at Peninsula Lakes with members, his students and family members.

 

"It was tough out there all day with the wind, but we just kept grinding away. Of all of the guys out there I know Nick better than anyone else, we're good friends, so we just tried to have a good time and feed off of each other," said Murray. His parents are coming over to his home this weekend to watch the Open Championship and Colin plans to show them his version of the Claret Jug!

 

Murray said he learned a lot about the course last year when he shot 72-79 to finish well back in the field. In 2013, he played driver off the tee on No. 10 in both rounds and made double-bogey both times. This time he hit a rescue club both times and made two pars. Last year on No. 18, he went for the green in two on the par-5 and ended up in the hazard in front of the green. This time, he laid up on both days and with a gap wedge in his hand, he sealed the victory with a shot that landed not five-feet above the pin and he made the birdie.

 

Kenney held a three-stroke lead early in the second round, but bogeys on No. 7 and No. 8 opened the door for Murray who birdied No. 9 to move into a tie for first place at 4-under. Murray took a one stroke lead on No. 13 with a terrific birdie. Kenney lost more ground on No. 16 when his tee shot on the par-3 landed in the water and he settled for double-bogey. Kenney would birdie Nos. 17 and 18 coming in, but Murray played flawless golf over the final two holes including his own bird on No. 18.

 

"Sixteen was the dagger," Kenney said, a first year member of the PGA of Canada who picked up an earlier win at the PGA of Ontario Pro/Junior Championship and lost in a playoff in the PGA of Ontario Spring Championship. "Colin definitely deserved the victory today for sure, he never missed a shot coming home and I let one get away."

 

Brian McCann of Brampton GC moved from T12 to finish third by posting back-to-back scores of even-par 72. Danny King from the Performance Academy at Magna, Ken Tarling and Tee Jay Alderdice from Muskoka Bay Club finished T4 at plus-1.

 

"We had two great days for the championship. The course played a little tougher this year with the gusting wind and softer fairways, but it still gave up a few birdies here and there," said Deer Ridge Head Professional Rich Morel. "The club is delighted to have hosted this championship for the past two years."

 

Deer Ridge Associate Professional Adam Beange posted the best result among Waterloo Region professionals finishing T9 at plus-3 with rounds of 76-71.

 

For complete results CLICK HERE.

 

The PGA of Ontario Championship is the longest running tournament in the history of the PGA of Ontario. First contested in 1939, the PGA of Ontario Championship is synonymous with some of Canada's most accomplished club and touring professionals. Those names include; Moe Norman, George Knudson, Al Balding, Ken Tarling, Brian Hadley and Danny King.

 

For more information contact:

 

Kevin Purcell 

Executive Director 

PGA of Ontario 

905-420-1233 

kevin@pgaofontario.com

www.pgaofontario.com 

 

Rich Morel

Head Golf Professional

Deer Ridge Golf Club

Tel: 519-650-2447 ext: 248 | Fax: 519-650-5657

Cell: 519-221-6445

200 Deer Ridge Drive, Kitchener ON, N2P 2K5

rich@deerridgegolfclub.com

www.deerridgegolfclub.com

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