Brian Hadley joins elite club firing a 59


Brian Hadley joins elite club firing a 59 to lead first round of the
Titleist FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship


For Immediate Release


July 15, 2013


KITCHENER, ON - There's little doubt Brian Hadley is serious about defending his Titleist FootJoy PGA of Ontario Championship.


The Thames Valley Golf Club assistant did what few professionals have ever achieved on Monday as he shot 13-under, par 59 in the opening round of the two-day championship at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener.


"It's a pretty exclusive club, it's pretty cool," the 32-year-old said after the round which he finished with an eagle on No. 18. "I knew walking down No. 18 that if I could make the putt I could get to 59. The putt was only four feet and I was surprisingly nervous."


Hadley, who hails from Sarnia, is one of the hottest golfers in Ontario right now after making it to the quarter-finals of the PGA Championship of Canada at Magna in the last week of June and then going low once again at the RBC Canadian Open Ontario Regional Qualifier at Greystone Golf Club in Milton on July 2 to earn an exemption in next week's PGA Tour stop at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville.


Only five players on the PGA Tour Stuart Appleby, Paul Goydos, David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger have recorded 59s in competition. Annika Sorenstam also fired the magical number while on the LPGA Tour and there have been several recorded on what is now the Tour. Hadley is not the first Canadian to shoot 59. Victoria, BC golfer, Cory Refrew recorded a 59 last December on the mini All-American Tour at the Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix. His round included an eagle and 10 birdies on the 6,946-yard, par-71 course.


On Monday, Hadley was 4-under after the front nine, which included a 3-putt on No. 1 for a par. He would go on to birdie 10-13 to get on a real roll which saw him finish the back nine at 9-under for a score of 13-under. He missed just one fairway and finished the day with 22 putts.


"I never thought I would ever get a 59, but tomorrow is another day and you just have to go out there put your head down and play one hole at a time," he added. "I'm going to go to the gym this afternoon and then going to get a good night's sleep."


On the weekend he played Glen Abbey on Saturday in preparation for the Canadian Open and then played Deer Ridge on Sunday. Whether he wins or loses on Tuesday, he'll work back at Thames Valley for the rest of the week and then head to Glen Abbey GC on Sunday for his first-ever appearance in the Canadian Open.


Hadley has an eight-stroke lead over Bill Walsh Jr., from Fairtree Golf Centre, who carded a solid 5-under, 67. There is a group of five golfers tied for third at 3-under, 69 including; Brian McCann, John Rushnell, Kyle Kirkland, Matt Peavoy and Tee Jay Alderdice. Deer Ridge professionals Adam Beange and Alex Matsias are in a group of seven golfers who are tied for eighth at 1-under, 71.


 CLICK HERE to view Tuesday's draw and CLICK HERE to view the live scoring. 





For more information contact:


Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario



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