Ken Tarling Wins Simmlands Ontario PGA Seniors' Championship at Maple Downs Golf & Country Club


(Maple, Ont., - August 17, 2010) – Ken Tarling (Ken Tarling’s Golf Academy) has won the Ontario PGA Seniors’ Championship for the third year in a row after defeating Bill Wogden (Barrie Country Club) in a one hole playoff at Maple Downs Golf & Country Club. Tarling, who shot 3-under-par 69, joins Moe Norman and John Henrick as the only other three time champions  of the Ontario PGA Seniors’ Championship.

“I used to come and watch Moe win this tournament and to be a three-time champ like John and Moe is a real treat and honour,” said Tarling.

Wogden, who led the tournament for most of the day, saw the momentum swing in Tarling’s favour after an eagled the 13th hole. Tarling’s eagle coupled with Wogden’s bogey matched both players at 4-under-par for the tournament.

“It was big for sure,” said Tarling, who a day earlier landed his approach into 13 on the second day’s hole location marked with a red dot. “I had the same yardage as yesterday so I was confident with the club selection and I hit a great shot into the green.”

In the playoff both Tarling and Wogden hit their approach shots into the 18th green which ended up in the first cut of rough surrounding the green. Tarling was able to chip and make par while Wogden failed to convert his par putt.

“For the most part I am pretty pleased with how I played and how I handled myself,” said Wogden following the playoff. “It’s obviously disappointing today but I’m sure when I look back on this I will take a lot of positives,” added Wogden.

With this win Tarling once again clinches a spot on the Titleist Cup team. Known for his great ability to grind out wins, Tarling will be a great asset once again to the Ontario Team.

Canadian Golf Hall of Famer, Bob Panasik, clinched the Super Senior division (60+) at the Ontario PGA Seniors’ Championship. Panasik,  68, had a share of the tournament lead at one point during the second round and overall was pleased with his play.  Neil Smith (Maple Downs), the home course favourite,  tied Ron Janes (Toronto Hunt) for second place in the Super Senior Division.

John Rushnell (Oshawa) had the second best round of the day at 2-under-par 70 which vaulted him up the leader board to finish alone in third spot. Day one co-leader Rick Willan struggled today and finished in tie for fourth place with Dave Bell (Tecumseh) and Panasik. 

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