Posted On: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Eddie Maunder of Deerfield Golf Club in Oakville (in photo above) shot rounds of 67-65 to win the PGA of Ontario’s Fall Classic, which was held at The Golf Club at Lora Bay and the Georgian Bay Club.
He finished two shots ahead of Danny King (67-67) of the Performance Academy at Magna Golf Club.
"Both courses are great venues and amazing conditions, and this time of year is when everybody can take a deep breath after the season," Maunder said an article posted on the PGA of Ontario website. "I felt great warming up on Monday, calm and relaxed. Round 1 was an easy 67 and I felt like I was in a great position for Tuesday at Lora Bay."
It's commonly agreed that Lora Bay presented a tougher trial after playing Round 1 at Georgian Bay. "Lora Bay is more challenging off the tee, and I could definitely feel that on the front nine," said Maunder. "I managed 1-under but hit the ball poorly and wasn't comfortable. My putting is what kept me in the tournament."
It's like Maunder flicked a switch and went guns-a-blazing down that back nine, knowing he had to turn it up if he wanted to give the field a run for their money. "My turning point was the 10th hole when I hit a hybrid very close for a tap-in eagle. I told myself to make aggressive swings on the back nine, and I knew some more putts would fall in my favour."
"Coming down the stretch, I didn't even know where I was on the leaderboard. My playing partners, Danny King and Nick Kenney, were both around 5-under like me. I just tried to keep making birdies and stay aggressive, and not worry about who was winning or what place I was in. The momentum in the group helped everyone." Looking at the group's scores, that was certainly the case. Danny King finished closely behind Eddie just two strokes back, with Nick Kenney right on his heels, one shot back from Danny.
"Fortunately, I came out on top against a strong field of top players. I hope this great event stays at the two courses. The club staff and membership really embrace the event to make it one of the best on the schedule."
Georgian Bay Club has always been a special place to Maunder. It's the first place he worked after playing six years on the Mackenzie Tour. "I worked at that club in 2007 and 2008. My caddie this week, Sean Landreth, was a golf professional at the club then, and we have stayed friends ever since."
Danny King won the Senior Division of the Fall Classic at 67 4-under on Monday and finished second overall, two strokes behind Maunder.
Noteworthy mention goes to Steve Rodriguez who aced #12 on Monday from 153 yards. It was his second hole-in-one of the 2019 season!
The top performer from the BruceGreySimcoe region was G.W. King of the Georgian Bay Club (GBC), who carded rounds of 74-71 and finished tied for 16th.
Other results from BGS golfers were:
T-20 Greg Colekessian of GBC (72-75)
T-26th Stephen Bardswick of Cobble Beach Golf Links (77-73)
T-26th Terry O’Brien of Cedar Links Golf Centre near Barrie (74-77).
For full results, CLICK HERE