Ken Tarling Claims Second Consecutive Simmlands Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship


Tarling Claims Second Consecutive
Simmlands Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship

(Markham, Ont., August 11, 2009)
- Ken Tarling played his second consecutive bogey free tournament round and in doing so he won his second Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship. Tarling, along with the rest of the field, endured a two hour rain delay in what was for some an eight hour day of golf.

"I tried to stay outside and keep moving and I also did some stretching to keep loose," commented Tarling when asked about the distractions of a rain delay. "It's just one shot at a time and it wasn't time to hit that shot," added Tarling.

With this win Tarling becomes only the second player since 2001 (Gar Hamilton) to win back to back Seniors' Championships and only the fourth all time (Al Balding / Moe Norman).

"It's a very special feeling to be included with that select company," said Tarling, whose focused play of late has been a testament to his support network. "My wife has been instrumental in helping me refocus and my students have been great as well," added Tarling, who before the round received a number of well wishes via text and email wishing him well.

Bobby Breen (Brampton) shot a final round 69 to not only match his age but to also claim the Super Senior division (60-69). Breen, who always seems to be in the running for the Super division, had a bogey free round which included two birdies.

"I played very steady today," said Breen, who attributes his consistent play over the years to his dedicated practice regime. "I hit upwards of 300 balls five times a week," said Breen, who is just getting back to practicing after a back injury earlier in the year.

Bob Rose won his first Diamond Division title (70+) defeating Ken Girard by one shot. It was only a matter of time before Rose, who is a three time winner of the Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship, won again.
"Kenny played well today but I managed to hang on," said Rose. "It feels great to finally win again," said Rose who only recently began playing competitively again.

Other notable scores included a stellar round of 4-under-par from Dave Bell (Tecumseh) of Windsor. Craig Marseilles (Heritage Hills) who has played consistently all year shot a final round 1-under-par 70 which left him in a tie for fifth with Dan Clark (Golden Ridge) and Ken Fulton (Baxter Creek). Brian Hutton (Southwood) also played steady and finished tied for third overall with Bobby Breen.

The Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship has been contested since 1980 and boasts an accomplished list of past champions. Four Canadian Golf Hall of Famers and one Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member have their names etched on the trophy. Those names include Moe Norman(Can), Al Balding(Can), Bob Panasik(Can), Wilf Homenuik(Can) and Jerry Anderson(Ont). The Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship is a 36 hole individual stroke play event with no cut.

Weather 22° feels like 30.

Notes: Players finished their morning rounds at 10am and the second round began at 10:45am. Play was called shortly before 3pm and resumed just after 4pm.

The Bamboomer Long Drive qualifiers for the week were Dan Clark (Golden Ridge) and John Davis (Joshua Creek).

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