Golf Ontario

Lightning Strikes Black Bear

June 26, 2023

Mixed conditions for the players competing in round one of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship made for an unusual day at the beautiful Black Bear Ridge Golf Resort. While there were blue skies overhead in the morning, the afternoon wave of competitors was hit with suspended play due to thunder and lightning.

Sitting atop the leaderboard currently with a score of one-under-par (71) is Aiden Deng (Golf Canada Member) who made three birdies and two bogeys to finish with the low score of the day. Tied in second place shooting par (72) with three birdies and three bogeys is Jeffrey Fang (Golf Ontario Member) and Riley Conners (Listowel Golf Club) shooting four birdies and four bogeys.

After round two, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores plus ties to continue to play into the third and final round. The continuation of the first round of the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship will resume at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

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 kick-started 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. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

For more information, please contact:

Greg Mitchell, Coordinator; Brand, Communications & Marketing Golf Ontario,

Rob Watson, Tournament Director

For tournament results, click here