A second title in three years for Émile Ménard
Émile Ménard, Duke of Kent champion
Montréal, July 16, 2019 (Sportcom) – Champion of the 2017 Duke of Kent, Émile Ménard (Pinegrove) proudly reclaimed the plaid jacket presented to the winner as he captured the victory in this 85th edition of the tournament presented by Turkish Airlines in collaboration with belairdirect, this Tuesday, at Club de golf Royal Québec, in Boischatel.
Leader of the first round with a score of 69 (-3), the young golfer picked up where he left off and managed to stay in the lead to conclude the tournament at 5 under.
“I came, this week, and felt very confident. I knew that my game was good, and it was good enough to win. Today, we stayed in the zone and I did not miss many shots,” he explained after the competition, holding his trophy.
Following a difficult first round in which he played 75 (+3), Étienne Papineau (Pinegrove) made a spectacular come back and scored -6 in the second round. Unfortunately, this was not enough to knock Ménard off the top of the leaderboard. As well, Antoine Sale (Rivermead, -3) was not successful at defending the 2018 title captured by his brother while Julien could not join us this year. Brandon White (Camelot) and Jean-Guy Garnier (Royal Québec) also tied for second with an overall 3-under par.
The new Duke of Kent champion was on the 13th hole when he found out that Papineau was offering an exceptional performance and had a chance to catch up with him. Yet, he did not let this information get the best out of him. “With my best friend as my caddy, I was able to remain calm. Most of all, I was playing with Antoine and was aligning my game on his performance. I wanted to finish the round strongly and was able to hit the ball pretty well,” added Ménard.
Jean-Guy Garnier lifts the André Gagné Trophy
Jean-Guy Garnier was presented with the André Gagné Trophy, which is awarded to the best player of the Québec City area in the second leg of the Men’s Triple Crown. By tying for second, Garnier had a two-stroke advance on Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan (Lorette, -1) to earn this title.
“It’s always a great honour to receive this trophy named after André Gagné. He is one of the greatest players of our region. I know him well and I am quite proud that my performance led me to earn this title,” mentioned Garnier. “I am quite satisfied that I could perform at my peak and play great golf. There are always a few missed birdies, but I think that the same goes for everyone in a tournament.”
The final leg of the Triple Crown, presented within the Men’s Provincial
Tour, will take place from July 22 to 25 when the 102nd edition of
the Men’s Provincial Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Beauceville
Golf Club. At the conclusion of this four-day event, we will find out the
identity of the two (2) best players on the Triple Crown Order of Merit who
will join Joey Savoie (Pinegrove) to form the Québec amateur team. As a member
of the Team Canada Amateur Squad, Savoie already has a place with the
provincial team that will represent Golf Québec at the Canadian Men’s Amateur
Championship to be held in Glen Arbour Golf Course, Hammond Plains, and at the
Links at Brunello, Timberlea, Nova Scotia, from August 5 to 8, 2019.
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About the Duke of Kent
The Duke of Kent trophy was first introduced in an invitational tournament held on Saturday, June 22, 1935. This event was sanctioned by the Golf Association of the Province of Québec and won by Gordon B. Taylor of Kanawaki, a former Canadian amateur champion. Seven editions of the tournament were held at the Duke of Kent Golf Club before it definitely moved to the Club de golf Royal Québec. Since then, Graham Cooke has set a very high challenge by winning the precious Duke of Kent trophy five times. No one ever got close to this record except for André Gagné, a member of the host club, who captured the title three times (the latest being in 1979). In the new millennium, Lee Curry of Rideau View (2002, 2003) and Mathieu Rivard of Royal Bromont (2008, 2009) both wrote their names twice on the trophy.
The lowest score ever played in the Duke of Kent was the 134 strokes registered by Mathieu Perron of Club Laval-sur-le-Lac in 2013 after two rounds. In the 2000’s, Sonny Michaud is the last member of the Club de golf Royal Québec who won the Duke of Kent in 2012. Keven Fortin-Simard had successfully represented the club in 2007.
Honouring André Gagné, a member of Club de golf Royal Québec who played in the tournament 55 consecutive times throughout his amateur career and was inducted into the Québec Golf Hall of Fame in 2016, the André Gagné Trophy is presented to the best player of the Québec City area in the Duke of Kent competition. Mr. Gagné had the honour to see his name etched on the Duke of Kent Trophy three times, in 1966, 1975 and 1979.
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