Gravenhurst, ON – Fall like conditions continued into round two of the Ontario Senior Men’s and Women’s Championship, presented by Durham Artificial Grass, at the dazzling Taboo Muskoka Resort and Golf. The challenging conditions have certainly made an impact on players, as they continue to fight the cold weather.
Remaining at the top of the leaderboard on the Men’s side, Ashley Chinner (Coppinwood) had a strong round with three birdies to hold his one-under par (141). Making moves today was three-time Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Dave Bunker (Cherry Hill Club), after an impressive performance of five birdies shots to move him from seventh to second with a two-over par total. Holding steady in third, Brent Hatton (Lively G&CC) shot a plus one to give him a 145 total heading into the final round.
Following the round, Dave Bunker said “the conditions themselves have been fairly challenging, as the course is very wet which sometimes makes it difficult to hit good and accurate shots with such the saturated turf”. Making four birdie shots on the last five holes, Bunker reflected saying “at the end I hit a lot of good iron shots fairly close to the greens, to make for pretty easy birdies putts. I was hitting the fairway and keeping the ball out of the rough to give myself more opportunities today”. Heading into the final round tomorrow, Bunker hopes “to make more birdies than anything and keep it under par for the round. I know Ashley very well and that he’s a good player who probably won’t make many mistakes, so I’ll have to be on top of my game right off the deck”.
On the Women’s side, the leaderboard saw quite a bit of movement with the top leaders changing positions. Taking over the lead following round two, Terrill Samuel (Weston G&CC) had a fantastic round of just one over par and a couple of birdies, to give her a three stroke lead over second (147). Both having tougher rounds were Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas G&CC) who fell to second (150), and Judith Kyrinis (Granite GC) fell to third (151).
Final round for the Women will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, while the Men will tee off at 9:06 a.m… For future results and information on the championship, click here for the Men’s and here for the Women’s.
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About The Ontario Senior Men’s Championship
Conducted since 1936, The Ontario Senior Men’s Championship event features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers age 55 and over competing over 54 holes of stroke play competition.
Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Nick Weslock, one of Canada’s greatest amateurs of the century, won the event a record 11 times between 1968 and 1980. Other notable past champions include Stu Hamilton (2001, 2006), Mike Jackson (2010, 2011 and 2013) and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Warren Sye in 2012.
About The Ontario Senior Women’s Championship
The inaugural Ontario Senior Women’s Championship was conducted in 1962 and since then has been contested annually featuring the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over.
The event has had several notable past champions including World, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, who captured the title six times. Also, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Famer Gayle Borthwick, who also picked up the trophy six times. Recent winners include Ivy Steinberg (2008 and 2009), Terrill Samuel (2011) as well as Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Mary Ann Hayward (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019) and 2017 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion Judith Kyrinis (2016, 2017,2018).
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