Brian Hutton holds on for his first PGA of Ontario Seniors Championship

8/13/2014

Brian Hutton holds on for his first PGA of Ontario Seniors Championship

 

For immediate Release

 

August 12th, 2014

 

AURORA, ON - After watching two previous PGA of Ontario Senior Championships slip away, Brian Hutton finally claimed the provincial crown on Tuesday at King's Riding Golf Club.

 

"To win this championship for the first time is very nice. It's been on my radar for a while and I'm just glad that it didn't go to a playoff," says the Burlington resident who finished the two-day championship at 1-under par with rounds of 67-74. Dan Clark from GolfTEC in Richmond Hill (73-72), Dave Wettlaufer (70-75) and Gar Hamilton (71-74) finished T2 at 3-over par.

 

"In 2011 I lost on the first playoff hole to Ken Tarling and in 2012 I lost in a five-person playoff, so it's nice to finally be able to hold this championship trophy," says Hutton, who practices out of Trafalgar G&CC. He retired 18 months ago as the Head Professional at Southbrook G&CC in Binbrook and has been enjoying some time off to hone his short game and putting skills.

 

While just missing out on the Senior title, Gar Hamilton, from Mississaugua G&CC, picked up the three-shot victory in the Super Senior Division with rounds of (71-74) to finish at 3-over, while Rick Willan from Golden Ridge Golf range (74-74) and Bob Beauchemin (73-75) from The Oakdale Golf Academy settled for T2 at 6-over par.

 

It was Hamilton who put the pressure on Hutton early on in round two as they played in the same group alongside Wettlaufer. Hutton started bogey, double-bogey on his first two holes of the morning, while Hamilton went birdie, par as Hutton's four-stroke lead from day one vanished as the duo hit the third tee.

 

"In the opening round I birdied seven of the first 10 holes, so today's round was very different right out of the gate," said Hutton who finished fourth in the 2011 PGA of Canada Senior Championship on the very same course. "The conditions were a lot tougher today. The wind just seemed to swirl from different directions making it much tougher to judge yardages and get close to the hole."

 

For his part, Hamilton said, he's come close to finishing off some good rounds, but hasn't been able to finish strong. "It's the first time I have played King's Riding and it's a tricky golf course if you haven't played it before," says Hamilton, who has been working on his game with teaching professional Mark Evershed and switched recently to a left hand low putting grip.

 

Hutton picked up a cheque for $1,600 for winning the Senior Division, while Hamilton earned $1,000 for the Super Senior victory.

 

Both Hamilton and Hutton are looking forward to teeing it up August 26th-27th at Wyndance GC for the newly minted $50,000 Wampole Invitational featuring the top 100 professionals from the PGA of Ontario and the PGA of Quebec. The PGA of Ontario Fall Championship including the senior division will be played September 23rd-24th at The Golf Club at Lora Bay and The Georgian Bay Club.


 

For full results of the PGA of Ontario Seniors Championship click HERE

 

For more information please contact:

 

Kevin Purcell

Executive Director
PGA of Ontario

kevin@pgaofontario.com

www.pgaofontario.com

 

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