RBC PGA SCRAMBLE
Ken Duman, Kevin Wood, Dave Bly, James Hamilton, and MacKenzie Kuhn of Innisfil Creek Golf Course recently won the Greater Toronto Area Regional Final of the RBC PGA Scramble at The Nest Golf Club. The team will now have the opportunity to win a Canadian National Championship.
The Innisfil team finished ahead of 21 teams to earn a trip to the national final at prestigious Cabot Links Golf Course in Inverness, Nova Scotia in early October. For the team, it was background music that was the key to easing their nervousness throughout the round.
“We had music going to calm the nerves,” said Ken Dunman. “On 18, we had about 135-yards in and a song came on and a song came on. I wasn’t listening because I was focused, and apparently I hit the shot as soon as a drum solo started and they were all laughing and I put my shot to half a foot,” continued Dunman. “That was the shot of the round.”
A second team representing Innisfil Creek Golf Course placed second in the regional final. With their top-two finish, the team have also punched their ticket to Cabot Links in the fall. The team, comprised of golfers Emil Kamel, Claire Brown, Adam Kovacs, Lee Wood, and Branson Ferrier, pared their final two holes of the day to clinch their spot.
The two teams qualified for the 18-hole RBC PGA Scramble regional tournament by also placing top-two in the local qualifier held in July at Innisfil Creek Golf Course. The team-focused scramble format considers the handicap of each golfer when calculating their final score, allowing anyone who has a registered Golf Canada handicap the chance to participate and win.
The groups will compete in the 20-team October final against groups from all over the country.
“I called my wife when we knew we had won and told her that me and all the guys are on cloud nine,” said Dunman. “As a golfer of 20-plus years, I’m so looking forward to this trip. It is beyond anyting I could have imagined happening.”
The RBC PGA Scramble saw record-breaking participation this season, with nearly 12,000 golfers taking part in over 160 local qualifiers across the country.
For more information on the RBC PGA Scramble, visit rbcpgascramble.com.