Kenesky Wins 2010 Titleist & FootJoy Ontario PGA Championship

7/13/2010

Ron Kenesky Wins 2010 Titleist & FootJoy
Ontario PGA Championship by Two Shots at Barrie Country Club

(Barrie, Ont., July 13, 2010)Ron Kenesky (Hidden Lake) shot 3-under-par 69 today at Barrie Country Club to win the 2010 Ontario PGA Championship. Kenesky’s two-day total of 134 was enough to claim victory over Brian McCann (Academy at BraeBen) who shot up the leaderboard after matching the low round of the tournament at 7-under-par 65. Along with his first round 71, McCann’s 65 put him at 8-under-par for the tournament, finishing two back of Kenesky for second place.

“I saw Brian’s name on the leaderboard but it didn’t really phase me, I was in control today and it felt good to come through with the win,” said Kenesky, who counts the Ontario PGA Championship as the biggest of his career. “I wasn’t really nervous today, I’ve been playing very well of late and I knew I had what it takes to get it done,” added Kenesky, who takes home $10,000 for the win.

First round co-leader Lynden D’Aloisio finished behind McCann in third spot but wasn’t disappointed with his play.

“It’s not too often that you get in the final group and I think I handled it well,” said D’Aloisio, who shot even par today. “I didn’t putt as well as I did yesterday and I think that was the difference, overall though, I am pleased with how I played and Ron’s a very deserving champion.”

Keir Smith (The National) will be happy he made a few putts around Barrie today, otherwise he would have joined eight players tied at 5-under-par. Smith’s 5-under-par 67 was enough to win him $3,500 with a two-day total of 138.

Other notable scores from day 2 at Barrie included a 1-under-par 71 from Donalda Head Professional and 1998 Olympic Silver Medalist (Curling), Mike Harris. Harris joins Dan Greenwood (Heron Point) for low Head Professional of the tournament. Craig Marseilles' (Heritage Hills) 1-under-par 71 was enough to garner him low senior for the tournament 2 ahead of Ken Tarling (Ken Tarling’s Golf Academy) who finished at 3-under-par, his best showing in Barrie.

The Ontario PGA Championship is the longest running tournament in the history of the Ontario PGA. First contested in 1939, the Ontario PGA Championship is synonymous with some of Canada’s most accomplished club and touring professionals. Those names include Moe Norman, George Knudson and Al Balding. The Ontario PGA Championship has been contested on some of Ontario’s top golf courses and has had a home at Barrie Country Club since 2002.

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