Brad Kerfoot dedicates Wampole Invitational to Bob Breen

8/28/2014

For Immediate Release

 

August 27, 2014

 

Brad Kerfoot dedicates Wampole Invitational to Bob Breen

 

UXBRIDGE, ON - Brad Kerfoot picked up the biggest pay cheque of his professional career Wednesday winning the inaugural PGA of Ontario/PGA of Quebec Wampole Invitational at Wyndance GC in Uxbridge.

 

The 34-year-old from Maple Downs G&CC carded rounds of 70-73-143 to finish the two-day event at 1-under par for a one-stroke victory over Nicolas Fortin (75-69-144) from Golf Levis/B2Golf in Quebec that earned him a $9,000 payday.

 

"I want to dedicate the win to Bob Breen who has been an inspiration to my career and my partner at the PGA of Ontario Senior Pro/Junior Pro," Kerfoot said after a thrilling finish that saw him duff his drive into the quarry pit on No. 18 and re-tee a new ball. "There were more than a couple of times I looked up and asked for Bobby to help me out. I love that guy and we will miss him." Breen, a veteran member of the PGA of Ontario, passed away earlier in the week after a long battle with cancer.

 

Kerfoot started the day with a "horrific" front nine that included a bogey on No. 4 followed by a triple bogey on No. 5. "It was one disaster after another that I could not get out of. I got to the sixth tee and I said to Colin, "I'm coming for you," because I was four or five shots behind him at that time and I hit the restart button," Kerfoot said. He lipped out for birdie on No. 6 and carded his first birdie of the day on No. 7 after another lip out.

 

With remarkable accuracy on the greens, Kerfoot came to life on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 10, 11, 14 and 15 to get to 3-under for the tournament. As he walked to the tee on No. 18 he thought he had a five stroke lead, but that wasn't the case as Fortin slipped into the clubhouse with an impressive second round 69 to get to even par for the tourney.

 

Kerfoot stepped to the tee and promptly hit his ball 50 yards into the quarry pit and out of bounds. He'd end up two-putting for a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 for the win. "Sometimes I get out there and I have these mental blocks. I wasn't thinking. I had a triple bogey and a double today and I still won, it's kinda embarrassing."

 

He said playing in the PGA of Quebec's Canada Cup in Victoriaville, Quebec jump started his summer with a sixth place showing and a cheque for $4,575. He'll use the extra cash to cover daycare expenses for 20-month-old Ella and take his wife Sarka out for a nice dinner.

 

"It's a great event, a great tournament and a great course. I hope it's back next year and I'll definitely go to Quebec next summer to play in some of those events," Kerfoot said. The Wampole Invitational is a two-day event that is open to the top 100 professionals from both the PGA of Ontario and the PGA of Quebec with a purse of $50,000. Fortin earned $6,000 for second place.

 

Ron Kenesky from Twenty Valley G&CC finished third (76-70) to earn $3,500 followed by Martin Plante from Le Balmoral (74-73) in fourth. Five players finished T5 at 4-over including; Eric Laporte from Montcalm, Kyler Murphy from Meadowbrook G&CC, Conor O'Shea from Piper's Heath Academy, Christophe Belair from Le Versant and Brian McCann from Brampton GC.

 

For full results from Wampole Invitational click HERE

 

Kevin Purcell
Executive Director
PGA of Ontario
kevin@pgaofontario.com
www.pgaofontario.com

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