By Robbin Kiser
April 16, 2014
Jackson, Ohio native Jon McDonald recently took a big step in his golfing career, earning his PGA Tour-Canada card.
For some, his name will ring a bell.
That’s because he is married to former Piqua native Scarlett Reinke and is the son-in-law of Carl and Becky Reinke.
And those fortunate enough to meet Jon in the last several years during stops in Piqua to play golf know that much like the Reinke family, he is one of the nicest and classiest guys you would ever want to meet.
McDonald had an interesting route to his card that he earned with a top-18 finish over 72 holes.
McDonald had gotten off to a slow start in the tournament, sitting at four-over par after 11 holes in the opening round.
He rebounded with birdies on the 12th and 14th holes and finished with a 75, that left him in a deep hole.
McDonald, not unfamiliar with fast starts, got just what he needed to open the second day and get back into the tournament.
Earlier this year, he had started a round double-eagle, birdie in Florida where he currently resides.
On the second round of the qualifying tournament, the opening hole was a 390-yard par-4.
A hybrid off the tee left him with 100 yards into the green.
McDonald hit a 60-degree wedge that took one-hop behind the hole, before spinning back into the hole for an eagle-2.
He followed it with a birdie-3 on the par-4 second hole, which propelled him to a three-under par 33 on the front nine and a second round 68 to get him back to one-under for the tournament.
McDonald continued to make a move on the front nine in the third round, birding holes 3, 4 , 5 and 6 on his way to a three-under par 69 that would move him to four-under par for the tournament.
That left him tied for 17th heading into the final round and still needing to make up some ground to earn his Tour card.
Starting on the back nine, he put himself in a tough position with a one-over par 37 and needing to make a big move on his final nine holes.
Once again, he found the front nine to his liking, recording four birdies on the first five holes.
He added a birdie on seven, to counter bogeys on six and eight to get in with a 70 and finish the tournament at six-under.
The put him in eighth place, securing his card for the tour, which begins with the PC Financial Open May 26-June 1 in British Columbia.
The top five players on the PGA Tour Canada Order of Merit earn Web.com Tour cards, with the money leader fully exempt.
Best wishes to Jon and the Reinke family as he continues on to bigger and better things.