Moving day began here at the Investors Group Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship from St. Thomas Golf and Country Club on a beautiful morning under blue skies.
Day three saw some up and downs for almost everyone on a tough course however Garrett Rank of Elmira Golf Club leads yet again after the third round. Rank shot a 2 over (73) on his round today and finishes at five under with a five stroke lead after three days. His round started out with a one under front (35), with two birdies and one bogey but finished his back 9 (38) with a double bogey on the eighteenth after a putt hung right on the lip of the cup that just wouldn’t drop.
Thomas DeMarco of Essex Golf & Country Club had a stellar round shooting a 2 under (69) and jumped up to second place while Eric Flockhart, a Golf Ontario Public Player, shot a solid even par round (71) and sits in third alone. Home course native Cameron Kellett of St. Thomas Golf & Country Club shot an impressive one under (70) and finds himself in sixth.
Rank, an NHL referee, was a member of Golf Canada’s National Men’s Team from 2012-2014, and 2018 U.S. Open qualifier. He also golfed with Team Canada in the Pan American Games in 2015, as well as winning the Investors Group Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015. He had a hat-trick at the Canadian Mid-Amateur championship, winning it three times in a row and finished runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Am. Winning the Canadian Mid-Am got him a ticket to three RBC Canadian Opens, making the cut in 2016.
The final round tomorrow should be a very exciting finish with so many exceptional golfers atop the leaderboard.
For more information, visit the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao18/event/gao1881/contest/1/leaderboard.htm
The Investors Group Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Past winners include: 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan, who holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).
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