Lynden D’Aloisio & Ron Kenesky Share the First Round Lead at the 2010 Titleist & FootJoy Ontario PGA Championship at Barrie Country Club

7/12/2010

Lynden D'Aloisio & Ron Kenesky Share the First Round Lead at the
2010 Titleist & FootJoy Ontario PGA Championship at Barrie Country Club

(Barrie, Ont., - July 12, 2010) - Lynden D'Aliosio (Magna Golf Club) and Ron Kenesky (Hidden Lake) took advantage of the favourable scoring conditions at Barrie Country Club in the first round of the 2010 Ontario PGA Championship. Both players shot 7-under-par 65 which puts them in a share for  the lead heading into the final round.

Kenesky, who is arguably the hottest player on the Ontario PGA circuit, made two eagles, five birdies and two bogies to card his 65. D'Aloisio, on the other hand, had a bogey free round carding five birdies and one eagle.

"It was a great round for me today, I really enjoyed the course," said D'Aloisio, whose best 2010 showing came last week at Hockley Valley where he finished in 11th spot.

D'Aloisio, who won the 2008 Ontario PGA Match Play Championship, hasn't exactly been playing up to his expectations so far this season.

"I've just started to play well these last couple of weeks around the club," added D'Aloisio, who is in search of his third Ontario PGA tournament victory. "This is the one (Ontario PGA Championship) that you want to win and it would be amazing feeling to pull out the victory."

Kenesky, whose first Ontario PGA Tournament win came earlier in the year, might be considered the front runner to claim victory tomorrow. Kenesky's scoring average over the last three tournaments is 66. A 66 tomorrow will clip the tournament scoring record held by Dave Levesque (Academy at BraeBen) who shot 12-under-par in 2007 at Barrie.

"The key for me is I'm driving the ball extremely well right now," said Kenesky. "Tee to green I am hitting it really well and if I continue to do that tomorrow I have just as good a chance (at winning) as anybody," added Kenesky, who won the Great Lakes Tour Championship in 2008.

Three time champion and 2010 Ontario PGA Spring Champion, Danny King (Performance Academy at Magna) currently sits two shots back of the leaders at 5-under-par. King's round consisted of six birdies and one bogey.

"I hit some good shots today and really stayed patient," said King who won the 2004, 2005 and 2008 Ontario PGA Championship at Barrie Country Club. "I like everything about this golf course and I'm looking forward to tomorrow," added King, who works with D'Aloisio at Magna Golf Club.

Look for strong showings from Dave Levesque tomorrow as well as Billy Walsh. That pair both arrived back to Toronto early in the morning after beating the Quebec PGA in Montreal at the VIA Rail Canada Cup after 20 holes of match play. Levesque shot 2-under-par 70 today, while Walsh was 1-under-par 71. Both players have performed well in Barrie and have the ability to go low.
 
Other notable scores from today included rounds of 68 (4-under-par) from Conor O'Shea (Core Golf Academy), Craig Marseilles (Heritage Hills) and Reggie Millage (Henry Brunton Golf).  Defending champion Dave Moro (Credit Valley) struggled with a 3-over-par round of 75.

Notes:
 
- Pace of play was the story of the day at Barrie as the average pace per threesome 4 hours 25 minutes.

-  A total of 39 players shot rounds of par or better on the 6800 yard layout with the scoring average for the field sitting at 74.83.
 
-  Today's cut came at 75, the lowest it's been at Barrie Country Club in 10 events. A total of 72 players made the 18-hole cut.
 
- Rain showers threatened the Barrie area for most of the day but only a brief drizzle covered Barrie Country Club.
 
- Michael Resciniti (Copper Creek) was today's qualifier for the 2010 Bamboomer Ontario PGA Long Drive Championship.

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