Dave Wettlaufer and Bob Breen enjoy victories at the Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Championship

8/14/2013

Dave Wettlaufer and Bob Breen enjoy victories at the Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Championship

 

For Immediate Release

 

August 14, 2013

 

TORONTO - Dave Wettlaufer picked up his first victory as a senior, while Bob Breen notched his 164th professional win on Tuesday in the Warsteiner PGA of Ontario Senior Championship at Maple Downs G&CC.

 

Wettlaufer, 51, posted the low round of the day at 68, matching his opening round, to win the overall championship at 8-under, three strokes ahead of Keir Smith of The National Golf Club of Canada, to take home a cheque for $2,100.  

 

In the Super Senior Division, Breen, who teaches out of Mississaugua G&CC, needed five extra holes before he captured his 164th pro title. He defeated good friend Gar Hamilton who also plays out of Mississaugua and cashed a winner's cheque for $1,500.

 

Wettlaufer led or was in control for much of the second round, but a double bogey on No. 16 with an untimely three-putt, put him in a tie with Smith at 7-under for the tournament. They both pared No. 17, but Smith thought he was trailing by a stroke heading to No. 18. They were also playing in the second to last group of the day and were not aware how the Day One leaders had been faring in the windy conditions.

 

Smith hit driver into the left fescue and it took him two shots just to get to the rough. He settled for a disappointing double-bogey to finish at 5-under (69-70-139), while Wettlaufer birdied for the three-shot victory (68-68-136).

 

"With the wind up today, I didn't think the scores would be as good as yesterday, or as high as they were today, so I just kept plugging away," said Smith. "One thing I learned from playing overseas the last couple of weeks is they make fewer bogeys over there, so I just wanted to focus on a lot of pars."

John White, who also played in the second to last group, finished the tourney at 4-under with steady rounds of 70-70-140. The trio in the final group of the day each shot disappointing 77s, as Ian Doig went 66-77-143, and Fraser McIntyre and Craig Marseilles both shot 67-77-144 to finish T6. Rick Willan posted rounds of 70-73-143 to finished T4 with Doig at 1-under.

 

"When you have 14 birdies and an eagle in two days you should be quite a few under par," said Wettlaufer who shot a course record 62 at Maple Downs last summer in the club's pro-am erasing a mark of 63 equalled by none other than George Knudson and Irv Lightstone. "I just feel comfortable here, a great members' course where everything funnels into the fairways and it just suits my eye," Wettlaufer added, noting that he's considering taking a shot at European Senior Tour and Champions Tour Q-school this fall.

 

Breen 71-74 and Hamilton 70-75 finished the tournament at 1-over to force the playoff. They each made pars over the first four playoff holes at Maple Downs, before Breen clinched it more than an hour after they started the playoff with a birdie on No. 5.

 

"It's nice to come back to play and win after the cancer last year," said Breen who won his first professional event in 1963 in a Pepsi Challenge at Bayview CC. He's averaged 4-5 wins per season over a 50-year career including winning eight of 16 PGA of Ontario events in 1995. Last year was the first time he didn't win an event and that was because he didn't compete as he recovered from cancer.  

 

A few weeks back, Breen won the Shinebox Junior Pro/Senior Pro PGA of Ontario Championship at Meadowbrook G&CC with Brad Kerfoot.

 

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