Otterville, ON – Windy conditions welcomed the players to the challenging Otter Creek Golf Club for the first round of the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship. Thankfully early cool and breezy weather warmed up as did the competition on the opening day. Living up to expectations, the first day proved to be very competitive, with eleven players within three strokes of the lead.
Leading the pack, however, after day one was David Lang (Donalda Club) who fired a solid one under to take a one stroke lead into round 2. Dave Bunker (Cherry Hill Club), Kyle Chung (Brampton GC), Thomas Code (Highland CC), Jonathan Cranton (Donalda Club), Nathan Kraynyk (Eagles Nest GC) and Arnold Johnson (Public Player) all sit tied in second place, one shot back after each scoring a solid even par round.
Round one leader, Lang, commented after “You know what I played pretty good, it’s a tough golf course so I was pretty happy that I grinded hard out there and after a couple bad shots, was still able to make a few good par saves to keep my round going including a long one putt on 16”. When asked what his game plan for round two consisted of, Lang reflected “just keep playing the same way. My game plan was to hit a lot fairways and greens as you can easily hit double and triple bogeys out there”. Going into round two tomorrow, Lang tees off at 8:14 a.m. and is looking to continue his steady play.
Tee times for the second round begin Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. For future results and information on the championship, visit the official championship page here.
For photos of the tournament, click here.
About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship
The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kickstarted their journey to professional golf through the event.
Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 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).
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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