No stopping McGee's romp

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

As competitor Chris Bernard of The Marshes rolled up to the 14th hole at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club yesterday, he summed up what the field had to be thinking at the OVGA's City and District Class A championship.

"What's the prize for second place?" he asked.

Nobody was going to catch Allen McGee of The Marshes.

McGee, who entered the day with a six-shot lead, won the title by four strokes after a 2-under par 70 yesterday for a three-round total of 4-under- par 210.

He withstood a great charge by the host club's Andrew Jensen, who hit 17 greens on his way to a 67, which he concluded with an eagle on 18. He finished second at 214.

Jeff Ivall of the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club had a 71 for 217 and third place.

McGee overcame an early bogey-bogey bobble to start, giving his fellow competitors a shred of hope, before going 5-under par for holes 4 through 7 to shred that hope and put the title away.

Seems his problem in the early going was paying too much attention to what Jensen and Ivall, his closest pursuers, were doing.

"On the first tee, I wrote both their names on my scorecard and I was writing their scores down," said the 35-year-old. "I went bogey-bogey. Then I scratched out their names and just got comfortable playing the course.

PUTTING KEY

"I know my game. It's hitting greens and making putts. Once I figured out I wasn't playing them, I was fine."

McGee, who finished second in the City and District last year, birdied the fourth hole from 10 feet, knocked in a 40-footer on the fifth, a 12-footer on six and then holed a 144-yard 9-iron on the seventh hole for an eagle 2.

"It just seemed like I had perfect yardages all day," said McGee.

That was pretty much game over there.

"After he made those three birdies in a row and then that eagle, I said to Jeff (Ivall), 'We're just fighting for second place now,' " Jensen said.

"Going to bed (Tuesday) night, I thought I'd need a 65 to be close. (McGee) played well. You can't take that away from him."

McGee and partner Kyle Koski will be trying for the three-peat this weekend in the Open division of the Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship at Eagle Creek.

Jensen is contemplating turning pro and attending the Canadian Tour's qualifying school next month. "Mentally, I feel ready," he said.

HOLE-IN-ONE CLUB: Bowie Abbis-Mills of Mississippi aced the 151-yard 17th hole at the Hunt Club yesterday with an 8-iron. There was a hole-in-one in each round of the City and District this year.


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