Dave Moro Comes From Behind To Claim Ontario PGA Championship

7/14/2009

Dave Moro Comes From Behind to Win 2009 Titleist & FootJoy
Ontario PGA Championship by Two Shots

(Barrie, Ont., July 14, 2009) – Dave Moro (Credit Valley) snuck up on an impressive leader board to claim the 2009 Ontario PGA Championship by two shots. Moro 38, of Georgetown managed 4 birdies and an eagle including a 12 hole stretch that saw him go 6-under-par.

“I was very even keeled today and didn’t try to get too far ahead of myself,” said Moro, after his round. “I feel very privileged, honoured and ecstatic to win this tournament, our major,” he added. 

While many of Dave’s colleagues know he is a fine player, he would be the first to admit that his name wouldn’t necessarily jump out as a contender given the talent in the final groups.  Moro’s only other Ontario PGA sanctioned win came in 2006 at the ELITE Apprentice Championship.

“I never thought this was my day,” said Moro, who joins a long list of Canadian Golf Icons including Al Balding, Moe Norman and Bob Panasik as the Ontario PGA Champion. “My plan for the day was to keep the ball in front of me and not make any big numbers,” which Moro was able to accomplish while battling his emotions.

“I was an emotional mess on 12 when I realized I was tied with McCann,” said Moro, who made a conscious effort to not look at leader boards. “I didn’t figure out I was leading until 17,” added Moro who promptly birdied 17 and 18 to win by two shots.

First round leader John McCann wasn’t as sharp as he needed to be in order to get the job done in his hometown.

“I didn’t give myself enough opportunities today,” said McCann. “Dave played well today and I am really happy for him, and I have some great things that I learned about myself today which I will use moving forward,” added McCann, who tips it up next in the Ontario PGA Assistants’ Championship at Peninsula Lakes.

Bruce Rogerson (Brantford) had the round of the day firing a flawless round of 5-under-par 67. Rogerson, who won this event in 2006, was the leader in the club house for an hour at 3-under-par. Spring Champion Reggie Millage finished in a tie for second place with Rogerson and will maintain his lead on the Ontario PGA Money list by a slim margin.  The biggest move of the day came from Craig Marseilles who was tied for 70th spot before the day started and finished in a tie for 17th.


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