Kerfoot Claims the Crown
Brad Kerfoot outlasted the field Friday at Camelot Golf and Country Club to win the 2015 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada presented by Callaway Golf.
The 35-year-old from Maple Downs Golf Club finished the three-day national championship at 9-under-par, besting Eric Locke of Wolf Creek Golf Resort and Club de Golf Longchamp’s Marc-Etienne Bussieres by a shot.
“It’s really unbelievable to have won this national championship because I know all the great names who have won and have their names on the trophy,” Kerfoot said. “This is something that I’ll graciously accept and cherish for a long time.”
Kerfoot, who started the day two shots back of Bussieres put together a gutsy final round 4-under-par 68, which featured six birdies.
“I had a really good game plan all week and tried to play to my strengths which is hitting fairways and greens,” Kerfoot said. “But at the end of the day, I’m really just a grinder and I’m proud of that.”
With the win, Kerfoot becomes the second Smiths Falls, Ont.-born golfer to win a PGA of Canada national championship in 2015. Canadian golf superstar Brooke Henderson won the PGA Women’s Championship of Canada earlier this summer at Burlington Golf and Country Club.
Past champions of the PGA Assistants' Championship of Canada include Serge Thivierge, Remi Bouchard, Marc Girouard, Bryn Parry, Ashley Chinner, Phil Jonas, Bill Walsh, Brian McCann and Mike Belbin.
Nicolas Fortin of Academie de golf Levis finished fourth at 7 under, while Laval Sur Le Lac’s Jean-Hubert Trahan rounded out the top five at 3 under for the week.
In the Inter-Zone competition (compiled of four players on each team representing their respective PGA Zone) the squad from Ontario (Walsh, McCann, Kenney and Keir Smith) bested Team Quebec (Fortin, Belair, Clement Herviou and Kevin Senecal).
The next PGA of Canada national championship takes place Oct. 26-29 at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda for the Nike Golf PGA Team Championship of Canada.