Matt LeMay rallies to win Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship

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Matt LeMay (Golf Association of Ontario)

GARSON, Ont. — Entering the final day of the Golf Association of Ontario’s (GAO) 2014 Investors Group Junior Boys’ Championship at Timberwolf Golf Club, Waterloo’s Matt LeMay was three shots and four spots back of the lead. However, a spectacular round of five-under (67) catapulted the 18-year-old Whistle Bear Golf Club member to the title.

The final round began with Carter Simon and Charles Corner in a tie for the lead at even par. But, LeMay would have a bogey-free round to help him make up ground. LeMay birdied the first hole and then pared the rest of the front nine. He began the back with a birdie on No. 10, followed by an eagle on 11. LeMay sealed the win with a birdie on 18 to claim the championship.

After the victory, LeMay spoke about how he felt like he was in the zone for the final round.

“I felt good, I hit it well but could have hit it better, there is always that,” he said. “You can always hit it better, but I just really felt in control. The course seemed easy to me today.

“It feels good to win, I haven’t won in a while especially a GAO event. The course (Timberwolf) got me the first day, as I was six-over, since then I fought back. Heading into the day I knew I could come back, I have done it in other tournaments so there was no other thought in my head. Now to have my name on the trophy with so many other great names, is an amazing feeling.”

As for Corner, he began the day with birdies on the first two holes. However, his round included five bogeys and he would finish at two-over  after a 74. His score still was good enough to hang on for second place at two-over for the tournament.

Following Corner was a three-way tie for third place. Third round co-leader Simon fell behind early going two-over on the front nine. On the back, he would lose another stroke and finished the day three-overm and three-over for the tournament.

The low round of the day, next to LeMay’s, went to Josh Montgomery. Montgomery began the day with an eagle and despite a trio of bogeys he still managed to card a three-under 69 to earn a share of third place at three-over for the tournament.

Spencer Dobbs was in contention throughout the week. His final round finished at one-over (73) and he too earned a bronze medal at three-over.

The trio that tied for third were forced into a playoff to see who would be the final representative for Team Ontario for the Inter-Provincial competition at the Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship, July 29 – Aug.1 at Legends on the Niagara’s Battlefield Course. After the playoff, Dobbs was the last man standing and he will join LeMay and Corner as the representatives.

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