Bobby Breen Featured in Brampton Gaurdian

12/15/2009

Story written by Frank Juzanas of The Brampton Gaurdian

(Brampton, Ont., - December 15, 2009) -
Even though he turned 70 last summer and was slowed down by an injury the long-time Brampton golf professional showed he can still win. With three more victories this season on the Super Seniors (for players aged 60 and older) circuit, Breen now has 159 wins as he approaches his 50th year as a professional.

His three wins this season, after only playing seven tournaments give him 17 championships as a Super Senior.

There have not been many years where he has not had multiple wins. That includes 1995 when he received a special award from the Ontario PGA for a Tiger Woods-like eight victories in one season.

Breen once played on the PGA Tour and he said that helped instill in him a strong work ethic, where he says he doesn’t mind hitting 1,000 balls a day.

“I’ve played on both sides of the border. I’ve learned from the best players and saw how hard they worked,’’ he said.

This year though his practice routine was limited because of pain in his back. He’s not really sure what caused the problem, but experienced back spasms one day while walking. For six weeks during the summer he was unable to play.

“I’ve never had pain like that,’’ said Breen. During that time he was receiving treatment, electrical shocks and ultra-sound to get better.

Before his injury he was feeling confident about his game. But the injury meant that he missed the Canadian Super Series championship in Ottawa, on a course he likes where he has won three times and finished second five others. However he finished off the season winning the Super Seniors at the Ontario PGA Fall Classic at King Valley. He also won the Ontario Super Seniors at Cedabrae and the Spring Open in Sarnia.

Breen can still remember the first tournament he won, back in 1962 when he captured the Travellers Insurance Invitational at Bayview Golf Club and received an umbrella. Some of the other prizes along the way have been a little more lucrative.

Breen said a lot of pros don’t keep track of all their wins but he compiled the list back in 1989 when his name was put forward for induction into the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 2003.

The tournaments that he has not won Breen said he has tried to take the best from the experience.

“Anytime I haven’t won I’ve gone home and practiced harder to get the next one,’’ he said.
Besides his playing Breen is still enjoying teaching and imparting his knowledge to younger players aspiring to play professionally. He is hoping that he can instill in them the knowledge that it takes hard work to be successful.

Since he turned 70 in the summer Breen is eligible to compete in the Diamond Division for those over 70, although he has no plans to join that group. They use forward tees and he still enjoys competing with the younger players on the Super Seniors.

The 2010 season also marks the 50th anniversary of when he turned pro in 1960.

“I’ve had a good ride. I’ve had a lot of fun playing around the world with some of the best in the world,’’ he said.
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