Bill Walsh Wins PGA of Canada – Ontario Zone Fall Classic Title

(via PGA of Canada – Ontario Zone) BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON — It was maybe the best week of the entire summer and the Golf Club at Lora Bay, a great golf course with no shortage of beautiful scenery, was ready to host the 2017 PGA of Canada – Ontario Zone Fall Classic. With no defending champion in the field, players from all over the zone gathered to decide who would take home the title.

Bill Walsh (Modern Golf) made a bid for top spot early on in the tournament and didn’t take his foot off the gas until the end. The first day of competition saw Walsh pull away from the field with an incredible 7-under par performance finishing with five birdies and an eagle — holing it from 160 yards on the par-5 sixth. Walsh was entering the second day with a two-shot lead over Ontario Zone heavyweight Danny King (The Performance Academy at Magna), and a three-shot lead on Thomas Keddy (Oslerbrook Golf Club) who won both the 2017 Assistants Championship and the 2017 TaylorMade Ontario Zone Championship.

Walsh took his lead into the second day but with seven players at even-par or better, the battle for the Fall Classic title was far from over. Walsh overcame an early bogey on the first hole before rattling off six birdies in his next nine holes. Walsh was too much to handle for the rest of the field coasting through his back nine en route to his first career Fall Classic win.

“I hit it really well again today,” Walsh said after the dust had settled. “I made a bogey on one and had to give myself a kick and refocus. I played the rest of the front-nine really solid, I had it to five-under through ten. I knew at that point I had a pretty solid lead so I got a little more relaxed then maybe I should have coming in and made a couple lazy bogeys but I had built myself a large enough lead and I’m really happy about the win.”

The lead was more than enough as Walsh finished the two-day tournament three shots clear of Danny King and four ahead of Thomas Keddy. Nick Kenney (The National Golf Club of Canada) and Braeden Cryderman (Muskoka Bay Resort) filled out the rest of the top five.

“There are a lot of really talented players here,” Walsh continued. “I’m still learning how to play with a lead, I’ve got much better through the years but it’s not an easy thing to do. I was a chronic scoreboard watcher in the past but now I just try and focus on my game. You can’t control what the other guys are doing. The only thing you can do is hit fairways, hit greens, and try and make some putts.” Walsh hit his fairways, hit his greens, and made his putts this week and held the top spot for the entire tournament.

Leaderboard

Pos. Player Total
To Par
Gross
R1 R2 Total
Gross
Purse Points
1 Bill Walsh

Fairtree Golf Centre
-9 65 70 135 $1,800.00 100.00
2 Danny King

The Performance Academy at Magna
-6 67 71 138 $1,200.00 85.00
T3 Thomas Keddy

Oslerbrook Golf Club
-5 69 70 139 $900.00 77.50
T3 Nick Kenney

The National Golf Club of Canada
-5 70 69 139 $900.00 77.50
5 Braeden Cryderman

Muskoka Bay Club
-2 71 71 142 $825.00 70.00
6 Ed Maunder

Deerfield Golf & Recreation Centre
-1 72 71 143 $775.00 65.00
7 Gordon Burns

Gord Burns Golf School
E 74 70 144 $750.00 60.00
8 Brian Hadley

Thames Valley Golf Club
+2 73 73 146 $700.00 55.00
T9 Ken Tarling

Ken Tarling Enterprises Ltd
+4 73 75 148 $662.50 47.50
T9 Terry O’Brien

Cedar Links Golf Centre
+4 73 75 148 $662.50 47.50
11 Andrew Aguanno

The Lake Joseph Golf Club
+5 79 70 149 $600.00 40.00
12 G.W. King

The Academy at The Georgian Bay Club
+6 79 71 150 $575.00 38.00
T13 Dennis Hendershott

Hi5golf inc.
+7 75 76 151 $175.00 31.00
T13 Jakob Montemurro

Tee Zone Driving Range
+7 75 76 151 $175.00 31.00
T13 David Sheman

Emerald Hills Golf Club
+7 77 74 151 $175.00 31.00
T13 Matt Peavoy

Peterborough Golf & Country Club
+7 78 73 151 $175.00 31.00
T13 Wayne Middaugh

Port Carling Golf & Country Club
+7 75 76 151 $175.00 31.00
T13 John Cochrane

John E. S. Cochrane Golf Schools
+7 77 74 151 $175.00 31.00
19 Steve Rodriguez

GolfTEC Markham
+9 78 75 153 $0.00 25.00
T20 Joshua Growden

Kedron Dells Golf Club
+10 72 82 154 $0.00 22.50
T20 Joseph D’Alfonso

The Academy at Copper Creek
+10 75 79 154 $0.00 22.50
T20 Chris Bevan

Bradlee Ryall Golf/Kaneff Academies
+10 73 81 154 $0.00 22.50
T20 Sterling Emery

Rocky Crest Golf Resort
+10 76 78 154 $0.00 22.50
24 Stephen Bardswick

Port Carling Golf & Country Club
+11 76 79 155 $0.00 20.00
T25 Cory Racioppo

Cedar Brae Golf Club
+12 80 76 156 $0.00 18.50
T25 Ian Doig

The Ian Doig Golf Academy
+12 78 78 156 $0.00 18.50
T27 Bryan Overland

RattleSnake Point Golf Club
+13 75 82 157 $0.00 16.50
T27 Miles McMulkin

Beaumaris Yacht Club
+13 79 78 157 $0.00 16.50
T29 Ryan McBride

Cobble Beach Golf Links
+15 79 80 159 $0.00 14.00
T29 Kevan Goble

Whitevale Golf Club
+15 78 81 159 $0.00 14.00
T29 Reg Millage

Golf Ontario
+15 82 77 159 $0.00 14.00
T32 Michael Moniz

Maple Downs Golf Club
+16 82 78 160 $0.00 11.50
T32 Frank McMulkin

Beaumaris Yacht Club
+16 79 81 160 $0.00 11.50
34 Wesley Furlong

National Pines Golf Club
+17 81 80 161 $0.00 10.00
35 Jon Blomme

Summit Golf Development Centre
+24 81 87 168 $0.00 9.00
36 John Schmidt

Southampton Golf & Country Club
+26 83 87 170 $0.00 8.00
37 Mike Ward

Kedron Dells Golf Club
+27 86 85 171 $0.00 7.00
38 Justin Agostinho

The Golf Club At Lora Bay
+28 83 89 172 $0.00 6.00
39 Paul Knudson

Don Valley Golf Course
+34 89 89 178 $0.00 5.00