Tarling & White finally make it to the winners' circle


Ken Tarling & John White finally make it to the winners' circle

at the PGA of Ontario Pro Pro Championship


For Immediate Release

May 14, 2013


GEORGETOWN - Ken Tarling and John White pulled off their first victory at the adidas Eyewear PGA of Ontario Pro Pro Championship presented by Boutique Pro Golf in 10-plus tries at The Club at North Halton on Monday.


Tarling, the Head Teaching Professional at Ken Tarling Golf Academy and White, the Head Professional at Beechwood G&CC, edged the competition by a single stroke on a cold day which saw single digit temperatures, gusting winds and the odd snowflake blowing by. The winning birdie that got Tarling and White to 5-under par came on their final hole of the day as Tarling hit a lucky "chunk and run" second shot that rolled to six feet of the pin on the par-4, 14th hole.


"As we played it didn't really cross our minds that we had a chance of winning because it's usually minus-7 or minus-8 that will get you into a playoff, so we just tried to stay loose and have some fun," White said.


There was a two-way tie for second place at 4-under par, 68 between the teams of Fraser McIntyre, Head Professional at Trafalgar G&CC and Brian Hutton and the team of Bob Beauchemin, Head Teaching Professional at The Oakdale Golf Academy and Nick Trichilo, the Head Teaching Professional at The Copper Creek Academy.


"The highlight of the day was watching my partner (Brian Hutton) make a 50-footer on the ninth green," said McIntyre who missed a short birdie putt on the 12th that could have forced a playoff.


For Tarling, the victory brought back fond memories of winning the Pro Pro Championship back in 1989 at The Club at North Halton with none other than Canadian golf legend Moe Norman.


"Moe and I were good friends and played in this event together many times," said Tarling. "We had an opportunity to talk about Moe today and tell some stories, so it was a lot of fun. I just remember how well he hit the ball that day, he didn't miss a shot." This time around Tarling enjoyed the victory with White who he has known for 40 years.


Host Head Professional Marc Bezaire played in the event for the first time and said it's great to hear the stories and see many of the past champions return to The Club at North Halton. "We have been hosting this event for 30-plus years and have a rich history with the PGA of Ontario that gets better year after year."


Jeff Smith, Ontario sales rep for event sponsor adidas Eyewear, talked to the professionals about the importance of eyewear for golf. He stressed that long-term exposure to sun impacts peoples' ability to see. Smith also noted that the technology in today's sunglasses enhance vision, reduce fatiguing of the eyes and allow eyes to collect more information that leads to improved focus while competing.


He said the adivista and tourpro, both designed specifically for golf, are selling very well for adidas Eyewear this year.


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Kevin Purcell

Executive Director

PGA of Ontario




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