Uxbridge, ON – In continued coverage of the 2021 Championship season, Golf Ontario and Whistle Bear Golf Club are proud to present the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys’ Championship from July 26 to 29th.
Historically, Golf Ontario has included the opportunity for participating amateur golfers to donate to a cause as part of the registration process. In partnership with Whistle Bear GC, along with the support of PGA Tour player Michael Gligic, donations from the registration of the 2021 Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship will go to the Waterloo Region Chapter of Autism Ontario. These proceeds will be used to develop and fund programming focused on healthy, active lifestyle opportunities for those with autism. For more information and to donate, click here. If any other parties are interested in donating as well, please email email@example.com.
In preparation for the championship, Whistle Bear’s Director of Golf, Adam Tobin told us that “the course is in fabulous condition. Our superintendent Tom Kinsman and his team have the golf course in excellent condition. The greens, fairways, and tees are all doing great, and the fescue is just starting to come up as well, so the golf course should be playing nicely for the competitors.” The long course with generous fairways and multiple tee boxes is built on old farm land, and as Tobin explains, “the unique thing here, is there’s a ton of stakes. We have 250 acres of golf course here, so it’s a rather large golf course with a lot of teeing options and distance to come along with it. The big thing that competitors will be tested with is the windier conditions. With Whistle Bear having very little trees on the golf course, the elements always cause some difficulties for the competitors. If the wind is up, the course is going to be playing pretty hard for everyone.”
The 2021 Junior Boys Championship will see athletes from the following qualifiers in attendance: Silver Lakes G&CC, Lively GC, Kawartha G&CC, Listowel GC, Upper Canada GC, and Cambridge GC. For leaderboard information on qualifiers, click the golf course name.
Hosting a field of 108 players, including those exempt, cuts will be made after 36 holes with the low 48 scores and ties moving forward for an additional 36 holes of competition. Recent Golf Ontario champions to keep an eye on include 2018 and 2020 Junior Boys’ Champion, Nolan Piazza (Cherry Hill Club), 2020 Juvenile Boys’ Champion, Andreas Diogenous (Whistle Bear GC), and recent 2021 Junior Boys’ Spring Classic Champion, Owen Kim (Blue Springs GC).
Team Ontario players in attendance for this championship are Andreas Diogenous, Ben MacLean, Ellis Kinnaird, Matthew Martel, Michael Weber, Owen Kim, Peter Blazevic, Ryan Somerville, Ty Stansfield, and Thomas Latter. Additional athletes to follow along with will be Jeffrey Fang, Kavith Ranchagoda, Nicholas Tanovich, and Ryan Zhao, who have each had a strong start to their respective seasons.
First tee is set for 7:30 a.m. on Monday July 26th. For qualifying, pin locations, tee times, leaderboard information, check out our Golf Genius webpage here.
About the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys’ Championship
First contested in 1923, the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys’ Championship is open to male golfers 18 years of age and under, who have earned entry through one of our qualifiers held across the province, or earned exemptions from prior achievements. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. Past winners of the event include: Gerry Kesselring, Gary Cowan, Stu Hamilton, Mike Weir, Jon Mills and Albin Choi.
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Key Provincial Competitions Protocols/Restrictions (as of July 21st, **subject to change)
- At all times, and in all places, 2-metre physical distancing should be respected.
- Coaches and spectators are permitted at Golf Ontario Championships and Qualifiers with capacity limits. Spectators must check-in at registration, complete a wellness check and pick up accreditation before being allowed on the course.
Click here for the full version of the Championship protocols. **These protocols are subject to change as new guidance is received from the government.
For more information please contact:
Assistant, Marketing Communications, Golf Ontario;
Peter MacKellar, Manager,
Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario; PMacKellar@gao.ca