Mark Blakefield capped off the best finish of his professional golf career on Sunday.
The former St. Patrick Saint and the 1999 Kentucky Mr. Golf award winner got his first victory on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada, shooting a 6-under 65 and finishing 20-under in the four-day National Capital Open to Support Our Troops at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario.
Blakefield entered the final round on Saturday trailing Charlie Daniels by one stroke, after posting scores of 65, 66 and 68 on the par-71 course. Two others, Blair Hamilton and Kramer Hickok, also sat one stroke behind the leader.
On Sunday, he bogeyed the second hole, but after recording pars on three and four, Blakefield strung together three straight birdies gave him a two-stroke lead at 16-under in the tournament.
He also birdied eight and nine, before his string of five straight birdies ended on the par-4 10th hole with a bogey. Two more birdies on holes 11 and 12 put him at 19-under in the tournament. Blakefield tapped in for birdie on No. 15 to move to 20-under, which was good enough for the two-stroke victory.
Kickok finished second at 18-under, while Ramey and Danielson both finished at 16-under.
Blakefield, who played college golf at the University of Kentucky, finished the first round in a three-way tie for second after shooting a 6-under 65. He was tied for the lead with Hickok and Raoul Menard at 11-under after 36 holes, and one stroke back after shooting a 3-under 68 on Saturday.
The start was Blakefield’s eighth on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada. He made five of seven cuts entering the event, after earning conditional status by finishing tied for ninth at the USA East Q-School in April. His best finish before Sunday was at the Staal Foundation Open at Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario, when he finished tied for 11th.
The next event on the tour is the Cape Breton Open at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.