Joshua Growden wins PGA of Ontario Birdie Shootout at Turnberry


Joshua Growden wins PGA of Ontario Birdie Shootout at Turnberry


For Immediate Release


September 23, 2013


BRAMPTON, ON - Joshua Growden led the birdie barrage at Turnberry Golf Club to win the PGA of Ontario Birdie Shootout on Monday by one over Ken Tarling.


Growden, the fourth year head professional at Kedron Dells Golf Club in Oshawa, picked up six birdies at Turnberry, which features a fantastic 3,000-yard Doug Carrick designed layout consisting of 16 par-3s and two par-4s.


"This course is great for the shootout and the greens are in perfect condition," said Growden, who had played in the event twice in the past scoring one birdie in 2012 and four birdies in 2011. "All of my birdies today came from within 15 feet except for a 35-footer that I knocked in on No. 10, which was a bit of a surprise."


Last week at the PGA of Ontario Fall Championship at The Georgian Bay Club, Growden didn't score particularly well in the main event, but he did win the lone skin in a practice round the day before, to which he credited his putting. "I don't hit the ball particularly far, but something like this is perfect for me. I think I missed two or three greens all day. I gave myself some really good opportunities for birdie and most of them went in."


Ken Tarling, who is the PGA of Ontario Captain for the upcoming Titleist Cup Matches against Quebec, finished alone in second place with five birdies, which left him smiling. "The last time I was here I didn't get one birdie so this is a victory for me," he said, noting he got lucky with a chip-in from the fescue for one of his birdies.


Two-time champion Jeff Mills from Wildfire Golf Club (2010 and 2011) finished T3 along with Brian McCann from The Academy at BraeBen Bradlee Ryall Golf, Chris Bevan from Summit G&CC, and David McKinlay from Heritage Heights G&CC with four birdies each.


PGA of Ontario Executive Director Kevin Purcell said this year's event attracted its largest turnout to date and he encouraged the pros to get more players involved next year. There were a total of 121 birdies on the day with a total purse of $10,000 that was paid out based on the numbers birdies each golfer scored.


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