With a group of players bunched in relatively tight at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final round of the 2014 Investors Group Ontario Junior Boys Championship on July 18 at Timberwolf Golf Club, all it would take is one player, with a hot hand, to pull away from the field.
He might have waited until the back nine, but Waterloo-native Matt LeMay proved to be the guy.
"On the front nine, there wasn't a whole lot of confidence off the tee for me," said LeMay, shortly after the trophy presentation last week. "As soon as I hit the tee shot on ten, my confidence was back.
"No. 11 is when I made eagle, and that's when I knew I had the chance to win everything."
On a day when he carded not a single bogey, LeMay parlayed birdies on one, 10 and 18, along with the aforementioned eagle, in posting his come-from-behind victory.
By contrast, Corner had three birdies that were quickly offset by five bogeys, while Simon struggled with over-par scores on six of his first 12 holes, allowing LeMay plenty of room to mount a charge.
"I was playing great coming into the week," noted LeMay, who finished 9th at the same event in 2013. “I knew that I had a chance of winning. My coach told me that he had a good feeling about this during our practice round on Monday."
Ironically, LeMay does not see Timberwolf as necessarily the ideal fit for his game, despite the win.
"It didn't suit me a whole lot, but I made it work," he said with a smile. "Off the tee, it was tight. It doesn't suit my game, but I like that look. It forces me to hit fairways."
LeMay is in the midst of a hectic schedule, having advanced to the final qualifying round for amateur entries into the 2014 RBC Canadian Open. He left Saturday morning for Le Club de Golf St Raphael in Quebec, looking to make July of 2014 a month to remember.
LeMay is looking forward to testing himself against some of the top amateur talent in the country. Coincidentally, he said he's modelled his game off amateur Garrett Rank, whose brother Kyle captured his first Idylwylde Invitational crown on the weekend, capping off a week in which golf was king in the Nickel City.
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