Ion Young and McInnis win Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship on first playoff hole

TORONTO – The Golf Ontario Championship Season kicked off on May 10, from Oakdale G&CC, in Toronto, with 54 teams taking place in the Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship.

This year is the fourth time that Matthew Ion Young (Hamilton G & CC) has won the Men’s Better-Ball Championship. The three previous times being with Andrew Ross (Hamilton G & CC) in 2002, 2006 and 2007.   Although Ion Young has claimed the title of Men’s Better Ball Champion four times now, it was the other member of his team, Simon McInnis’ (Mississaugua G & CC) first time winning this championship in 6 attempts.

At the end of the round, 67, was the magic number to be part of the playoff. The teams of Matthew Ion Young (Hamilton G & CC), and Simon McInnis (Mississaugua G & CC), and of Walt Spivak (The Oaks GC) and Geoff Goodwin (The Oaks GC). The teams went back onto the course to finally produce a winner for the 2018 Ontario Men’s Better Ball Championship.

McInnis was excited to have won the tournament for the first time this year “I competed in this tournament probably a half dozen times, and I had a new partner this year, and we had a lot of success.”

Ion Young was asked about what this accomplishment meant to him, and he said that “It’s still always nice to win, and I’ve been playing in it for a number of years, 16 years, it’s nice to finally win it again, the last time I won it was 2007”

For full results and information, click here.

About the Ontario Men’s Better-Ball

The Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship has been played since 1959. All but two of the championships have taken place at Oakdale G&CC. The tournament is open to teams whose members both have an up-to-date Golf Canada Handicap Factor of 8.4 or less at the time of online registration through the completion of the championship, and each team’s combined Handicap Factor must not exceed 12.8 at the time of online registration through the completion of the championship. Previous winners of the event include Gary Cowan, Bill Morland, Nick Weslock, Kelly Roberts, Warren Sye, Bill Swartz and Albin Choi.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the membership of Oakdale Golf and Country Club, who allow the Men’s Better Ball Championship to be played at their course every year, as well as Oakdale Golf and Country Club, and their Staff. We would also like to thank all of the Golfers who participate in the Ontario Men’s Better Ball Championship each year.

View the photo album from this championship here.