Ian Doig picks up his first


Ian Doig picks up his first Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Spring Championship


For Immediate Release


June 5, 2013


BRIGHT'S GROVE, ON - Ian Doig closed another chapter on his golf exploits at Huron Oaks Golf Club with a victory Tuesday at the Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Spring Championship.


As a 17-year-old Doig won his first junior tournament at Huron Oaks in 1978. A couple of years later the Seaforth native won his first ever men's invitational at the club and now the 53-year-old has posted his first professional title at the club where he was once the assistant superintendent for two and a half months.


Looking to get out of the family golf business at Seaforth Golf Club, Doig landed a job at Huron Oaks in 1980. On a fine spring morning, a brand new riding Toro greens mower was delivered to the course and Doig couldn't wait to get to work. Always a storyteller, Doig recounts what happened next, "Within two and half hours I had it floating in the pond off the third green and four days later I quit," says Doig who operates the Ian Doig Golf Academy. "Seven days later I was caddying at the Kemper Open and that leads to another story."


Doig headed directly to the PGA Tour Kemper Open to give caddying a shot. He didn't have any luck picking up a bag in the early rounds, but on Sunday Gary Koch's caddy didn't show up for the noon tee time and Doig picked up his first loop on the PGA Tour. "I had shorts on and at the time caddies had to wear long pants, so I ran from the first tee into the pro shop and bought a pair of pants that I had to tape up the hem so I wouldn't trip over them," Doig says. For the next two years he caddied fulltime for Koch and that leads to another story about making it to the PGA Tour as a player.


This past week Doig pulled out an old putter that had been in the basement for the past decade and played with feel rather than trying for perfection with each stroke and it seemed to work. On Monday at Greenwood Golf Club, he was two-under par after 10 holes but frittered away a few shots coming home to finish 1-over, par 71. He trailed first round leader Dan Clark of GolfTEC Richmond Hill (68) by three shots with Ken Fulton in the mix at even-par 70. In Tuesday's final round at Huron Oaks GC, Doig was 3-under for the day after 10 holes but bogeys on 11 and 12 took the momentum out of his game as he finished at even par for the day and 1-over for the victory (71-72). Trafalgar Golf & Country Club Head Professional Fraser McIntyre (72-72) and Fulton (70-74) tied for second at 2-over par followed by Clark.


"If it hadn't been for that mower I might have been a superintendent all of these years rather than a golfer," says Doig who picked up $1,400 for the victory.


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


Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario




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