Back to Back Titles for Graham Hill

By: Rob Way

GrahamHill Having claimed the 49th annual Western Ontario Amateur in 2012, Graham Hill was favoured by many to repeat this year. Fittingly, the Sarnia native didn’t disappoint firing off rounds of 70 and 71 to win the event by one shot over his closest competitor.

Now while this end-result may not have surprised you and I, it did come as a bit of a shock to Hill himself.

“I actually was surprised that I won to be honest. I just tried to hang in there all day and grind it out as best I could.”

Part of Hill’s uncertainty lay in the fact that, for the second year in a row, he played round two on a course he had only ever heard about.

“Essex played tough and I had never played there before, so I had a hard time off the tee and not knowing where the right line was on a few tee shots.”

Resilient as always, the well-seasoned amateur nonetheless got the job done as he so often has for the past decade. Asked about his success, Hill pointed towards his work ethic.

“I worked really hard when I was young to get my game in shape to put myself into contention in tournaments and through that hard work I put myself in contention enough that I learned how to handle pressure and get the job done. It is all about hard work.”GHill

Looking towards the future, Hill will play in his club championship this weekend (Sarnia Golf and CC), followed by a September qualifying attempt for the US Mid Amateur to be held in Michigan.

But what about a WOA three-peat you ask?

“I plan on being a life long amateur so I am looking forward to coming back to the Windsor area to play in this great event many times.”

WHAT’S IN THE BAG?

Driver -> Titleist 913 D2 – Diamana X flex

3W & 5W -> Titleist 913F – Diamana S flex

Hybrid Titleist -> 913H – Diamana S flex

Irons -> Titleist CB

Wedges -> Titleist Vokey 48, 54, 60

Putter -> Titleist Scotty Cameron Futura X

Golf ball -> Titleist pro V1

2013 WOA Complete Results

Graham Hill  70-71= 141
Robert Favaro 66-76=142
Anthony Dadamo 70-73=143
Wes Ladouceur 69-74=143
Pete Vanwezel 70-74=144
Tyler Pope-Ferguson  70-74=144
Jamie Mingay  70-74=144
Mike Rutgers 70-74= 144
Doug Hoppe 69-75=144
Wes Stewart 72-73=145
Mitch Miehls  75-71=146
Connor Teno  74-72=146
David Owens  72-74=146
Jamie Drysdale 71-75= 146
Josh Edison 70-77=147
John Zdonek 70-77=147
Matt St.Louis 74-75=149
Jamie Martinello  76-73= 149
Allan Stanley 74-75= 149
Rick Voyvodic 75-74=149
 Derek Hinchcliff 72-78=150
Christain Lefaive 73-77=150
Adam Petrasovic  77=73=150
Chris Weir  73-77=150
Jace Kohlmeier  76-75= 151
Jeff Kelterborn 75-77=152
Mike Altenhof 74-79= 153
Justin Barone 75-78=153
Dave Brownlee 75-78= 153
Aldo Dinardo 75-78=153
Mike Slipchuk  76-77= 153
Mike Ferreira 75-80=155
Scott Davis 77-80=157
Jeff Valade 73-84=157
Jay Jamieson 77-82= 159
Steve Rivard 76-83=159
Brian Bracken 76-84=160
Michael Purdie 76-86= 161
Mike Saffran 77-84= 161