Brian Hadley set to defend Titleist & FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship


Brian Hadley set to defend Titleist & FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship


For Immediate Release

July 10, 2013


KITCHENER, ON - Brian Hadley is in fine form as he looks to defend his title at next week's 2013 Titleist & FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship at Deer Ridge Golf Club.


The assistant professional at Thames Valley Golf Club in Sarnia is coming off a stellar two-week roll. First, he made it to the quarter-finals of the PGA Championship of Canada sponsored by Mr. Lube and presented by TaylorMade adidas at Magna Golf Club. A few days later, he went low man for a victory at the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier at Greystone Golf Club in Milton. The win earned him an exemption into the 2013 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey from July 22-28. It's a course he's never played!


"It has been a solid run so far and I just want to keep it going," said Hadley. "I played six solid rounds at Magna which helped with the confidence and I followed it up with lots of birdies at Greystone, a tough golf course, which I played back in 2010 in the Jane Rogers Cup. I can't say I'm surprised to be going to the Canadian Open. I went into the qualifier expecting to win it."


The 32-year-old has been trying to qualify to play in the Canadian Open since he was 18, so this is a bit of a dream come true, but first things, first - that is to defend his title July 15-16 at Deer Ridge GC.


"I have played Deer Ridge a few times. It's a great golf course and I'm really looking forward to playing there," said Hadley who won the 2012 Titleist & FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship at Barrie Country Club by a single stroke over Ian Doig.


Doig is also trying to get his game in shape. In the last few weeks he lost in a playoff for U.S. Open qualifying, missed qualifying for the US Senior open by a shot, lost on the 19th hole in the second round of the PGA Championship of Canada, lost on the 19th hole of the second round of the PGA of Ontario Match Play against Matthew Peavoy and missed qualifying to move on in RBC Canadian Open qualifying at Greystone when he made a triple and a quad to miss by four strokes.


After Bryn Parry's win at the PGA Championship of Canada at Magna, the BC golfer is now ranked No. 1 in the PGA of Canada Player Rankings presented by RBC. Brian McCann (The Academy at BraeBen/Bradlee Ryall Golf) dropped to No. 2 in the rankings, while Bill Walsh (Fairtree Golf Center) moved up five positions to No. 3. Other players from Ontario in the top-10 include: Danny King (The Performance Academy at Magna) at No. 6, Brian Hutton at No. 7 and Reg Millage (The Golf Lab) at No. 9. Brian Hadley is now ranked No. 34 in the nation, while Dan Greenwood, (Heron Point Golf Links) another quarter-finalist is T38.


The PGA of Ontario Championship will be contested at Deer Ridge Golf Club in 2013 and 2014, after being at Barrie Country Club since 2002.


Deer Ridge, a secluded private club with an 18-hole Tom McBroom designed layout that dates back to 1991, has had a major facelift over the last three years and members are looking forward to showcasing the course that plays through majestic Carolinian Forest and the rambling Grand River Watershed.


"Deer Ridge has been positioned as an equity players club where golf and the traditions of the game have always been the main focus for our 400 members," says Kevin O'Donnell, General Manager & Head Golf Professional at Deer Ridge Golf Club. "So to be able to open up our doors and invite members of the PGA of Ontario to play in their provincial champion is a perfect fit for the club."


The 36-hole stroke play championship will tee off on Monday July 15th with tee times starting at 7:30 am. Day 2 will follow with an 8:30 am for the top 60 players and ties after round one. Locals scheduled to play include A.J. McKenzie and Adam Beange both from Deer Ridge, Greg Thacker from Galt CC and Chris Wehrle from Whistle Bear GC.


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, Al Balding, Ken Tarling and Danny King.


For more information contact


Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario


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