By Darryl G. Smart
Jesse Smith took a couple of years off from competitive golf, but you wouldn’t be able to tell.
The Monthill Golf Club member shot a 67 on Sunday, to take home the Full Wedge Golf Muskoka Championship.
“I just stayed committed to the process. I think every time you’re in contention it helps next time. So I’ve built upon the last experience,” Smith told Toronto Players Tour. “It’s fun to be in contention. It gets the heart pumping again. I took a couple of years off of golf, so to be back and see the guys, have that camaraderie and feel the pressure down the stretch is fun.”
Smith had birdies on holes 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, and 15 to round out his two-day total of 136.
On Saturday, Smith shot a 69 thanks to birdies on holes 6, 9, 11, 14 and 15, and was only two shots off the pace set by Langton’s Peyton Callens, who shot a 67.
“You try not to think about that stuff,” Smith said of being in the hunt. “You just try to focus on the next shot. Our individual group was up and down. I was just trying to focus on that next shot and stay focused on the process.”
Callens, who plays collegiately for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack ended the weekend in a tie for seventh thanks to his 74 on Sunday, giving him a total of 141.
“Because it was a little wet I was able to use the driver and everything seemed to be sticking on the fairways,” Callens said. “I love to hit drivers everywhere. I just stayed aggressive and kept it in play.”