Whitevale GC pair wins 2014 PGA of Ontario Pro/Pro Championship presented by Boutique Pro Golf
For Immediate Release
May 27, 2014
GEORGETOWN - As the old saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try again," so that's exactly what Kevan Goble and Steve Rodriguez took to the bank winning the 2014 PGA of Ontario Pro Pro Championship presented by Boutique Pro Golf at The Club at North Halton.
While many of the two-person teams in this popular PGA of Ontario championship have been trying to win this one for years, some for decades, Goble and Rodriguez, made good in only their second appearance together as they carded a sweet 7-under par 65 to take the title by a single shot over the pairings of Craig Marseilles and Brian McCann and Gary Jeffery and Bruce Rogerson at 6-under, 66.
"Last year I resodded the lawn the day before this championship and it caught up with me as the day went on," said Rodriguez who works at Whitevale Golf Club with Goble. "This time around Kevan threatened to decapitate me if I did any yard work so I just took it easy on Sunday."
They made an early charge with consecutive birdies on the first four holes they played. That set the tone for much of the afternoon at the Club at North Halton, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. "We had one bogey last year and one bogey this year, both on the same hole, No. 14," Goble said, noting they may play it a little different in 2015! The duo shared a first-place cheque for $3,200.
The Whitevale twosome was paired with the team of Josh Growden and two-time winner Ken Fulton, who won back in 1978 with Phil Brownlee and then in 2001 with Tim McKeiver. "Josh and Ken made a pile of birdies and we seemed to keep feeding off each other. It was awesome to play with a guy who won this event over 30 years ago and is still playing it today. We'd be lucky to have a swing like Kenny 30 years from now," said Rodriguez, who is focusing on bringing his game up a notch or two with his sights set on playing competitive golf at a higher level. Rodriguez and Goble lost in a playoff last October in the PGA of Ontario Fall Scramble and they were one shot from a playoff earlier this month at the PGA of Ontario Assistants' Team Championship.
"If one of them wasn't near the hole, the other one was and they just kept making the putts," Fulton noted. "Accept for the one bogey they were pretty solid and fun to watch."
Six teams finished T4 at 5-under par, 67 including; Alf Callowhill/Joshua Doan, Dan Clark/Frank McMulkin, Danny King/Ed Maunder, John Rushnell/Bill Walsh Jr., Ken Tarling/John White and Ron Kenesky/Matt Peavoy.
For the first time in recent memory the championship was filled to capacity and there was a waiting list for others hoping to get a spot. "It's a great gathering of all the boys, a reunion with some of the seniors like Dan Clark, and an opportunity to see some of the young guns bomb it past each other," said three-time Pro Pro Champion Bob Panasik, who played in a group that included; Ryan Hughes, Danny King and Ed Maunder. "It's one of those days that you can share some stories, have some fun and go home with a few more new stories for next year."
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