Ken Fulton wins Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Summer Championship in a seven-man playoff

7/9/2013

Ken Fulton wins Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Summer Championship in a seven-man playoff

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2013

OSHAWA, ON – Ken Fulton drained a 14-foot birdie putt on the second hole at Oshawa Golf and Curling Club to win in an exciting playoff at the Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Summer Championship on Monday. 

Seven players; Bob Beauchemin, Dave Wettlaufer, Ian Doig, Ken Tarling, Fraser McIntyre, Gar Hamilton and Fulton, made it to the playoff after posting scores of 1-under, 71. 

Hamilton and Wettlaufer bowed out after the first playoff hole on No. 1 with bogeys and the group continued on to No. 2. “The last playoff I remember being in with that large a number (of people) would have been in Memphis for a Monday qualifier on the PGA Tour in 1970 – that’s going back a few years. There were 14 of us for six spots,” he said. 

As Fulton stood over his birdie attempt, a couple of players were already in for par, so he needed the putt for the win or they were headed to a third playoff hole. “I just wanted to make it so I could go home,” the 69-year-old said with a laugh. “It was a good ball hitting day. The score was decent and I made a few solid putts. I don’t have the young nerves anymore.” Fulton picked up $1,000 for the win including the Super Senior Division for those 60 years and over. 

As a youngster, Fulton was introduced to the game at St. Charles G&CC in Winnipeg. He earned a full scholarship at Arizona State University in 1963 and that’s where he met Ping founder, Karsten Solheim, at a driving range. He soon started working in a nearby Ping factory assembling putters at night while attending ASU. Fulton made it through PGA Tour Q-school in the fall of 1968 and played on the tour until he quit partway through the 1973 season. “I often say I made a living for six years, but didn’t make any money. I really came off pretty broke.”  

He would go on to become the Head Professional at Oakdale G&CC, Highland CC and Scarboro G&CC, as well as operating the Ken Fulton Golf Center on Kingston Road for many years. Among many career highlights he played in the Canadian Open 10 times from 1968 to 1984, won the Canadian Club Professional Championship in 1978 and 1983 and became a Master Professional within the PGA of Canada in 2003. 

Today, he plays once a week as a public player and hits balls on a daily basis. “I have been hitting a medium bucket of balls nearly every day at Port Hope G&CC since April when the weather is good. That’s something I have not done in 20 years,” says Fulton, who still gives lessons to a small group of people at Baxter Creek GC. “The dog sits and waits for me and then we go have a ball game in the park. It’s fun for both of us and I have more time with the family, so I’m not out playing golf for five or six hours.” He’s married with five grown children. 

Fulton, who was playing in the third to last group of the day, had the lead at 2-under standing on No. 18, a nifty par-3 over a creek, but he didn’t know it at that point. “Shooting my age is my goal and that’s what I was trying to do. Get a birdie and shoot 69, but I got a bogey.” Fulton hit a 4-hybrid as a safety shot but it landed in the rough just behind the green. It should have been a 5-iron. “It’s a terrific course, a course you have to be careful on. You can’t play aggressive around here or it bites you!” 

Fulton will continue with his regular routine for now and plans to compete in the Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada at Lookout Point CC from August 6-9 followed by the PGA of Ontario Senior Championship at Maple Downs August 12-13. 

For results from the Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Summer Championship CLICK HERE. To view the tournament wrap-up video CLICK HERE and don't forget to check us out on Facebook.

 

For more information please contact:  

Kevin Purcell
Executive Director
PGA of Ontario
905-420-1233
kevin@pgaofontario.com
www.pgaofontario.com

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