PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — After tying for fifth the past two years, Kyle German was a little nervous when he heard the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship was moving from the Ryder to the Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club this year.
“I was a little rattled, but I guess it all worked out for me” admitted the head professional at Vancouver’s Point Roberts Country Club after edging Marc Girouard of Club de Golf Balmoral in Morin Heights, Que., on the first playoff hole.
That title earned German a $12,000 paycheque and a berth in the 2009 RBC Canadian Open, but it certainly didn’t come easy, beginning with the infamous 10 he shot on the 18th hole in the first round.
“It almost bit me, but I got away with it,” said German, who still managed a respectable one-over 73 that day, before recording a birdie on the same hole the next day when he shot a stellar 68 to move into a four-way tie for the second round lead.
The 18th nearly came back to haunt German again on Wednesday after he birdied the 16th hole to catch Girouard, who bogeyed the same hole. Both finished at even par to force the playoff on the infamous 18th, where German put his tee shot left.
Girouard’s drive went into a fairway bunker and hit the lip trying to put the ball out into the fairway. Meanwhile, German had a decision to make.
“I was about three paces from where I had my 10 tee shot,” said German. “I was on some pine straw and some wood chips. I was standing on the cart path and I called (rules official George Spare) over for a ruling and he said I could have relief.
“My relief would give me no swing. I would have been swinging through a tree, so I stood on the cart path and I had 193 yards and I hit one of the new hybrids I picked up this week. I actually roasted it out of the pine straw,” he said.
His ball rolled down a gully at the side of the green and the escapades on 18 continued when he chunked his shot.
“It was a bad lie that was downhill to an uphill green that runs straightaway, down green, downwind and I chunked it,” said German.
“I was just trying to bump it into the hill and, hopefully, get a good bounce because I didn’t want to hit it too far and have it go down the slope,” said German.
That was the fate for Girouard who also put his third shot into the same gully as German and faced a chip that was just as difficult as difficult as that of German, who putted from off the green and added one more putt for the victory.
Afterwards, German received a text from his good buddy Jeff Buder, the head professional at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, simply stating “W-e-e-e-e-e-e!”
“They’ve been opening up their golf shop this week so he couldn’t be here,” said German. “He’s pretty happy. We’ve been talking all week, so he’s been giving me a lot of encouragement.”
He was also in the process of texting his wife Taryn, who was in Hawaii. The Germans are expecting their first born in March and he says that’s where most of the money he won will go.
Winnipeg’s Dean North and Brett Burgeson of Airdre, Alberta, finished two shots behind German and Girouard at one-under, while two-time champion Danny King finished fifth at one-over.
For complete results, see the website, www.cpga.com.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Kyle German would have been forgiven for thinking, `What if’ after shooting a 68 in the second round of the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship at the PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course.
“I try not to,” said the amicable head professional from Vancouver’s Point Roberts Golf and Country Club.
What German would rather forget is a nasty 10 that he took on the 18th hole, his ninth, in the first round. He still managed to post a respectable one-over 73 on Monday.
“It was funny,” said German. “We were on the 18th tee today and I hit my tee shot and the two guys I’m playing with started laughing and I’m like, `I can’t feel my heart beat,’ because I hit two left there yesterday. I made three today so 10, three – it’s a good turnaround.”
After sharing low round of the day with Marc Girouard, head professional at Club de Golf Balmoral in Morin Heights, Que., yesterday, German might have held a commanding lead if not for the 10 in the first round.
He’s in fine shape anyway as German is part of a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard that also includes two-time champion Danny King of the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., and Dean North, head professional at the Selkirk Golf and Country Club in Selkirk, Man.
With two-round totals of 141, that foursome sits two shots ahead of Brett Burgeson of Airdrie, Alta., and three ahead of Daryl Stubbs (Delta, B.C.) and Ben Boudreau (Longueuil, Que.) heading into Wednesday’s final round.
The 68s posted by German and Girouard came on a day when trickly pin positions combined with blustery conditions to make a decent score seemingly impossible. It may be more of the same, or worse, tomorrow when the wind is expected to continue, but the temperature is expected to be chillier.
“I don’t wish for a perfect, 80-degree day out there tomorrow,” said Girouard. “It’s never won until the last hole and it won’t be because of the conditions.
“I’m a grinder and I grinded all around the 18 holes today,” he added. “It’s a three-day tournament. I’m happy where I’m standing. I’m having fun and I’m going to try and make it last one more round.”
King agrees that grinding is the key word after today’s round. “It was a tough day on a tough golf course. It felt like a really long round today, five hours I guess,” said King, adding he expects that to continue Wednesday.
“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “It will be a bit of a match play event. Anyone can shoot four under or five under or catch the leaders from another group.”
CPC Notes: The Ontario team of King, Matt Peavoy, Dan Clark and Dan Greenwood edged the British Columbia foursome of German, Billy Kelly, Dave Bolton and Scott Dickson to win the InterZone team championship. Quebec was third and Alberta, third.
For complete results and third round tee times, see the website, www.cpga.com.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – At the beginning of the day, Scott Allred was tops in the field at the Titleist and FootJoy Canadian Club Professional Championship for reasons of alphabet.
Once play began at the PGA Golf Club, the head professional at Calgary’s Elbow Springs Golf Club quickly took control and, going into Tuesday’s second round, is No. 1 in the leaderboard for reasons of fine play after shooting a four-under 68 on the Wanamaker Course.
Allred holds a one-shot lead over two-time champ Danny King of the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., and Dan Clark of Golden Ridge Golf Range in Gormley, Ont.
Allred was also among the first groups to tee off, starting on the first tee at 7:48 a.m. “It was a little chilly, very cold, lots of wind,” he said.
“I thought, teeing off early, I might have a chance of getting out there early and post a score before it got really windy, but the conditions were windy right from the get-go,” said Allred, who registered two birdies on the front nine and added three more on the back, with a bogey on the par three 11th.
Allred appears to be carrying a sharp game across the country after shooting 68-70-70-68 in a pro-am in Hawaii, where the ball tends to stop when it lands.
“Here, the fairways are running out a bit, so you’re getting some distance off your drives,” he said, adding the Wanamaker Course places a premium on second shots.
“(The key is) leaving it below the hole, so you can be aggressive,” said Allred. “Lots of times today, I was close to the hole, yet I was above the hole, so you’re lagging, literally lagging, to try and get close. If you make your birdie great, but you can’t be very aggressive when you’re above the hole.
“I’m hitting the driver good, putting it in position and hitting greens. I never missed a green today,” he said, adding he didn’t get much of a chance to study the Wanamaker Course leading up to the first round after playing the CPC several times on the nearby Ryder Course.
“There’s less water, I think, than the other course, it seems to me,” he said. “Maybe, it’s just where I hit it today. These greens probably are a little tougher, a little more undulating and they were certainly fast today.”
CPC NOTES: Gary Boyce of The Rock in Ontario had a hole in one, using a four iron on the 175-yard par three sixth hole … Kyle German of Vancouver’s Point Roberts had an interesting day, after scoring a 10 on the 18th hole, which was his ninth. He still managed to come home with a one-over 73.
The following are the top 50 from the first round and second round tee times:
Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship
PGA Golf Club
1 Scott Allred, Calgary, Alta. -4
2 Dan Clark, Aurora, Ont -3
Danny King, Milton, Ont. -3
4 Brian Guenther, Steinbach, Man. -2
Scott Dickson, Vancouver, B.C. -2
Brett Burgeson, Airdrie, Alta. -2
Daryl Stubbs, Delta, B.C. -2
8 Matt Peavoy, Peterborough, Ont. -1
Jean Leduc, Gatineau, Que. -1
Ben Boudreau, Longueuil, Que. -1
Dean North, Winnipeg, Man -1
Ken Tarling, Sandford, Ont. -1
Jean Chatelain, Mont-Tremblant, Que. -1
14 Sam Yawney, Garson, Ont. Even
Gary Boyce, Mississauga, Ont. Even
Eric Laporte, St-Liguori, Que. Even
Louis Bourgeois, St-Donat, Que. Even
Adam Cherry, Mississauga, Ont. Even
19 Jeff Gross, Swift Current, Sask. +1
Bill Kelly, Lazo, B.C. +1
Terry Kolar, Kanata, Ont. +1
Marc Girouard, St-Sauveur, Que. +1
Kyle German, Surrey, B.C. +1
Eric Landreville, Melocheville, Que. +1
Rob Anderson, Kelowna, B.C. +1
Taras Humeniuk, Tecumseh, Ont. +1
John White, St. Catharines, Ont. +1
28 Kevin Broderson, Lacombe, Alta. +2
Jeff Boismier, Mississauga, Ont. +2
Mike Verhagen, Crossfield, Alta. +2
Tom Jackson, Collingwood, Ont. +2
Scott Cowx, Burlington, Ont. +2
Steve Deschenes, Magog, Que. +2
Chris Learmonth, Montreal, Que. +2
Hocan Olsson, St-Bruno, Que. +2
Mark Kappes, Amherstburg, Ont. +2
Ryan Davis, Brantford, Ont. +2
Levi Arcega, Coquitlam, B.C. +2
39 Richard Larwood, Charlottetown, PEI +3
David Bolton, Ladner, B.C. +3
Luke Saunders, Ottawa, Ont. +3
Jim Farrelly, Guelph, Ont. +3
Eric Mercier, Ste-Therese, Que. +3
Todd Fiske, Red Deer, Alta. +3
39 Dennis Firth, Kincardine, Ont. +3
Greg Pidlaski, Kelowna, B.C. +3
Pascal Edmond, Blainville, Que. +3
Marc Levac, Ottawa, Ont. +3
Yannick Bibeau, Trois-Rivières, Que. +3
50 Claude Tremblay, Repentigny, Que. +4
Phil McCluskey, Drumheller, Alta. +4
Gar Hamilton, Mississauga, Ont. +4
Doug Warner, East York, Ont. +4
For full results, see the website, www.cpga.com
Second Round Tee Times
Titleist and FootJoy Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship
Player Time Hole
Allred, Scott 11:48 10
Anderson, Mark 12:33 10
Anderson, Rob 7:57 1
Arcega, Levi 8:24 1
Banks, David 7:48 10
Berthiaume, Marc-Andre 8:42 10
Bibeau, Yannick 8:42 1
Blanchard, Carlo 8:06 1
Boismier, Jeff 12:24 1
Bolton, David 11:48 10
Boudreau, Ben 12:06 1
Bourgeois, Louis 12:24 1
Boyce, Gary 12:24 10
Broderson, Kevin 11:30 10
Brunton, Henry 7:30 10
Buckle, Abe 7:39 10
Burgeson, Brett 12:06 10
Châtelain, Jean 8:24 1
Cherry, Adam 7:30 10
Clark, Dan 12:06 1
Courage, Gordon 8:33 1
Cowx, Scott 7:39 1
Danberg, Ryan 11:39 10
Davis, Jefferson 8:33 10
Davis, Ryan 8:15 1
Deluzio, Dave 8:42 10
Deschenes, Steve 7:39 1
Dickson, Scott 11:57 10
Edmond, Olivier 7:57 1
Edmond, Pascal 8:15 10
Falardeau, Jocelyn 8:15 1
Farrelly, Jim 12:33 1
Fenske, Michael 8:33 10
Firth, Dennis 7:39 1
Fiske, Todd 7:39 10
Flaro, Robert 12:24 1
Foucault, Marc 11:39 1
Fraser, Kevin 8:24 1
French, Brian 12:42 10
Garagan, Dan 11:57 10
German, Kyle 12:15 1
Giesbrecht, Jason 12:42 1
Girouard, Marc 12:06 10
Greenwood, Dan 12:15 1
Gross, Jeff 11:30 10
Guenther, Brian 11:30 10
Hamilton, Gar 7:57 10
Hickey, Greg 8:24 10
Humeniuk, Taras 8:33 10
Hutton, Brian 7:48 1
Ingram, Derek 12:06 10
Jackson, Tom 7:30 1
Jewers, Alex 11:57 10
Johnson, Jeremy 8:06 1
Kappes, Mark 8:06 10
Kehler, Geoff 11:57 1
Kelly, Bill 11:39 10
King, Danny 12:15 10
Knapp, Scott 12:06 1
Kolar, Terry 11:48 1
Lacy, George 8:15 10
Lamarre, Jean-Louis 7:57 10
Landreville, Eric 7:48 10
Lane, Ken 7:39 10
Laporte, Eric 12:24 10
Larocque, Robert 8:24 10
Larwood, Richard 11:39 1
Learmonth, Chris 7:48 10
Leduc, Jean 11:57 1
Legault, James 8:33 1
Levac, Marc 8:42 10
MacKinnon, Derek 11:30 1
Mahoney, Emerson 12:24 10
Main, David 12:33 10
Marushak, Kevin 11:30 1
McClure, Robert 12:42 1
McCluskey, Phil 12:33 1
McMulkin, Frank 8:24 10
Mercier, Eric 12:42 10
Mikkelsen, Scott 12:42 1
Mills, Glen 8:15 1
Monk, Joel 11:48 1
Mulligan, Kyle 8:42 1
North, Dean 12:15 10
Olsson, Hocan 7:48 1
Peavoy, Matt 11:48 10
Pedersen, Dale 7:57 1
Pidlaski, Greg 7:48 1
Plante, Martin 11:39 10
Robillard, Eric 12:33 10
Rogerson, Bruce 7:30 1
Saunders, Luke 12:15 1
Schmidtgall, Rick 12:33 1
Schweyer, Paul 11:48 1
Spiess, Travis 11:30 1
Stubbs, Daryl 8:06 10
Tarling, Ken 7:57 10
Taylor, Randal 8:42 1
Thorsteinson, Eric 7:30 1
Tomlinson, Dale 7:30 10
Toombs, Steven 11:57 1
Tremblay, Claude 12:15 10
Verhagen, Mike 12:42 10
Warner, Doug 8:06 1
White, John 8:33 1
Wogden, Bill 8:06 10
Wood, Steve 8:15 10
Yawney, Sam 11:39 1