Cody Clark of Oliver’s Nest Golf Club in Oakwood Ontario, won the Final round of the Ontario Jr. (U19) Boys’ Match Play Championship today 3 up on the 16thhole. Matthew Anderson needed a birdie on the 16thfor the match to continue but had an unlucky putt, which left Cody Clark 3 up.
Going into the Match, Clark said “I just treated it like it was a normal match, I didn’t act like it was for the cup, I just acted like it was another match, like earlier in the week” – Clark. When he hit his 8 iron 156 yards for a hole-in-one on the 4thhole, he was in disbelief. “I hit the shot, and I knew it was pretty good, and I saw it land by the hole, and then everyone started cheering! It was a great feeling!” – Clark
His only other Hole-in-one was in 2016, on his birthday, and although he didn’t repeat the tradition of a birthday hole-in-one, it doesn’t make the moment any less special for him, as it helped him claim his victory.
In a match play competition, where the scores are based on who wins or loses a hole, a hole-in-one is a great advantage, and Clark’s hole-in-one helped propel his win today. “I think it would have been a lot more stressful (without the hole-in-one) he might have felt closer to catching up to me, but it was something I definitely needed (to win the match)” – Clark
The Semi-Finals which took place on Wednesday Afternoon consisted of Joshua Hayes of Idylwylde Golf and Country Club vs Cody Clark of Oliver’s Nest Golf Club, and Matthew Anderson of Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, and a member of Team Ontario vs Jack Alward of Batteaux Creek Golf Club.
When the Semi-Finals wrapped up, Joshua Hayes and Jack Alward were awarded third place, and were given their Bronze medals in a ceremony by Tournament Director, Rob Watson.
Golf Ontario would like to thank Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club for hosting this championship this week. A large thank you also goes out to the course staff, volunteers, and rules officials for their efforts this week.
For full tournament information, including round-by-round results, see the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao18/event/gao1883/index.htm
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About the Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship
The Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship has been contested since 1998. Male golfers under 19 years of age before August 1 are eligible to compete. The field is determined by results from four qualifiers. Notable past champions include Matt McQuillan, Justin Shin, Stephane Dubois, and Jon Boncoddo.
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