Nick Kenney avoids consecutive playoffs to win PGA of Ontario Spring Open

5/27/2015

Nick Kenney avoids consecutive playoffs to win PGA of Ontario Spring Open

For Immediate Release

May 27, 2015

GRAVENHURST, ON - It was one year ago that Billy Walsh fired a 66 to force a playoff against the unsuspecting Nick Kenney.  Walsh won the playoff taking the Spring Championship title and left Nick Kenney playing second fiddle.  This year when the PGA of Ontario took their, newly named, Spring Open to Taboo Muskoka Resort & Golf where Kenney was trying to avoid reliving last year’s defeat. 

Day 1 at the 2015 PGA of Ontario Spring Open forced the players to battle Mother Nature as much as they were trying to navigate the difficult Taboo layout.  The heavy rain created problems for every player but one.  Nick Kenney (The National Club of Canada) managed to put together a stellar 3-under 68 and at days end had a two stroke lead over William Mitchell (Oshawa Golf Club).   Despite the weather, black flies and mosquitoes the first day of the two-day tournament served to set up nicely for a dramatic and very intense finish to crown a Spring Open champion. 

To start the second day there were a handful of players primed to make a run at Kenney.  Four players were five or less shots back but when Billy Walsh (Fairtree Golf Centre), who was playing in the third-to-last group, made the turn it was clear he had Kenney in his sights coming through nine holes at 3-under par.  Two groups later Kenney made the turn and it appeared he would not let anybody catch him.  After nine holes Nick Kenney was 3-under on the day and 6-under on the tournament.  But after bogeys on 10, 12, and 15, Kenney's seemingly untouchable lead was down to only one.  After an excellent putt on 16, Kenney made birdie and his lead was back up to two strokes.  The seventeenth hole was set up short and was drivable for most of the field.  As Kenney was walking up to the tee clutching his driver his nerves were high.  He checked the Golf League Genius live scoring and at the same time Billy Walsh had just finished his round and was at the scoring table signing his 4-under 67, so Kenney knew he had two shots to play with over the last two holes.  He promptly went back to his bag and put the driver away and pulled out a safer club.  With flashes of last year’s playoff running through his head Kenney took a conservative approach to the last two holes and made par on seventeen and as his par putt dropped on the eighteenth there was a huge sigh of relief and big smile.  Nick Kenney won the 2015 PGA of Ontario Spring Open, the first major on the PGA of Ontario tournament schedule, carding an impressive 68, 70, 4-under for the tournament. 

Simultaneously, the PGA of Ontario Women's Spring Open saw Alexa Kim (Uplands Golf Club) put on a clinic, shredding through the over 6000 yard setup carding a 71, 72, 1-over to win the Open by eleven shots over second place Jennifer Jaszek (South Muskoka Golf & CC).  The PGA of Ontario has been growing their Women's division over the past couple of years and has seen the number of Women's events grow.  Female PGA members now have six opportunities to play in non-team stroke play events and the number of women that come out to play has been trending up. 

The PGA of Ontario continues next week with the Futures Spring Open at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club.

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