Gravenhurst, ON – It was a gloomy day to start round one of the Ontario Senior Men’s and Women’s Championship, presented by Durham Artificial Grass, at the glorious Taboo Muskoka Resort and Golf. While the rain may have stopped mid-morning, players battled wet, colder conditions for the remainder of the day.
On the men’s side, sharing the top of the leaderboard, is 2014 Ontario Senior Men’s Champion Larry Cooper (Mississauga) and 2019 bronze medallist Ashley Chinner (Coppinwood). Cooper had a strong start on the front going three-under par including an eagle on the eighth hole, to finish off the round one-under par (70). In third is 2019 champion David Greenaway (Barrie CC) (72), followed by a three-way tie for fourth with players Rob Cowan (Westmount G&CC), Tom Henderson (Public Player), and Brent Hatton (Lively G&CC) (73).
In first place after round one on the Women’s leaderboard is five time Ontario Senior Women’s Champion, Mary Ann Hayward (St. Thomas G&CC). Playing a consistent round, Hayward was able to make a couple of birdies and an eagle on the fourteenth hole, leaving her at three-over par (74). One stroke behind Hayward is 2011 champion Terrill Samuel (Weston G&CC) and three time champion Judith Kyrinis (Granite GC) who both carded 4-over 75’s.
Reflecting on her round, Hayward said “overall I’m pretty pleased, as it was tough conditions with the rain and wet conditions. I lost a couple of birdie opportunities on some of the more difficult holes, which you just have to accept. I had only played the course yesterday, so a bit of indecision with which clubs to use took place today as well”. Heading into round two tomorrow, she plans to “warm up a bit more with my mid to longer irons, as they weren’t hitting great today. I hit my driver really well in round one, as I think I only missed one fairway all day. Hopefully, the weather stays on our side tomorrow too!”
Second round for the Men will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, while the Women will tee off at 12:13 p.m… For future results and information on the championship, click here for the Men’s and here for the Women’s.
For photos of the tournament, click here.
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).
Key Provincial Competitions Protocols/Restrictions (subject to change)
- No caddies permitted. (all events)
- No spectators, including coaches and media, permitted. (**Exception: Players 18 & Under may have one accompanying adult)
- No motorized carts permitted. (**Exception: Single rider carts only for Senior & Disability Championships)
- All events will be a single tee start – no shotguns or split tees.
- Restricted field numbers. (see individual championships)
- Qualifiers will have limited field sizes. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Click here for the full version of the Championship protocols. **These protocols are subject to change as new guidance is received from the government.
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