Brian Hadley is no stranger to posting low numbers at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ont., and Monday was no different with a first-round, four-under 68 that leads the PGA Championship of Canada.
“This golf course is always in such perfect shape with fabulous greens,” said Hadley, the head professional at Thames Valley Golf Club in London, Ont. “I feel really comfortable out here and it’s really a treat to be able to play this golf course.”
Hadley holds the course record at Deer Ridge, shooting a 59 in the first round of the 2013 PGA of Ontario Championship.
A pair of first time PGA Championship of Canada players—Wes Heffernan of Calgary and Quebec’s Sonny Michaud—trail Hadley heading into Tuesday’s second round by just a shot.
“This event has a long, storied history and it’s very cool,” said Heffernan. “There are not many national championships that have the type of names who have won like the PGA Championship of Canada does.”
The 71-player field will be whittled down to the top-16 players following tomorrow’s second round. The final 16 will fill out the match play brackets with the eventual champion winning four match play rounds.
For the leaderboard and second round tee times, click here.