Brian Hadley Wins

7/18/2012

Brian Hadley Wins 2012 Titleist & FootJoy
PGA of Ontario Championship by One Shot at Barrie Country Club

(Barrie, Ont., July 18, 2012) – Brian Hadley (Thames Valley Golf Club) shot 2-under-par 70 in round two at Barrie Country Club to win the 2012 PGA of Ontario Championship. Hadley’s two-day total of 139 was enough to claim victory over Ian Doig (Ian Doig Golf Academy) who shot up the leaderboard after matching the low round of the day at 3-under-par 69. Along with his first round 71, Doig's 69 put him at 4-under-par for the tournament.

"I knew I needed to put up a good number today to overtake first round leader Dave Moro. My birdie, birdie start was exactly what I needed. After that I just tried to hit fairways and greens. I tried not to let my bogey on #10 affect me and managed to bounce back with birdies at 13 and 14. Playing the par 5 eighteenth I knew all I needed was par and managed to put myself in position for a short tap in," added Hadley, who takes home $8,000 for the win.

First round leader and 2009 Champion Dave Moro (Credit Valley Golf Club) had an off day, shooting a 77 and finished tied for 11th spot.

Ian Doig made things interesting with his 3-under-par 33 on his front nine, pulling even with Hadley. Doig once again had a chance to tie for the lead with a 30 foot eagle putt on his final hole. Knowing he needed to make to tie Hadley he ran his putt by and missed the birdie try, settling for par.

“I knew I was close to the lead. I had a good look at the leader board before lining up my eagle try and knew I was two shots back at that point. It was a disappointing three putt, but I believed I needed to make eagle if I was going to have a chance to win,” said Doig.

Number one ranked player and defending Champion Brian McCann (The Academy at BraeBen/Bradlee Ryall Golf) struggled with the putter both days but still managed a respectable 2-under par 70 on day two leaving him in a tie for seventh place.

Other notable scores from day 2 at Barrie included a 3-under-par 69 by Ciaran McAleavey (Glen Abbey Golf Club) matching the low round of the day and vaulting him into a tie for fifth with Keir Smith (National Golf Club) at 1-under for the Championship. Finishing third was Yong Woo Kim (Golf Town Burlington) at 3-under par and fourth place was Kyler Murphy (Kings Riding Golf Club) at 2-under par for the Championship.

The PGA of Ontario Championship is the longest running tournament in the history of the PGA of Ontario. First contested in 1939, the PGA of Ontario Championship is synonymous with some of Canada's most accomplished club and touring professionals. Those names include Moe Norman, George Knudson and Al Balding. The PGA of Ontario Championship has been contested on some of Ontario's top golf courses and has had a home at Barrie Country Club since 2002.
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