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Ontario Men’s and Senior Men’s Match Play Championship heads to Tarandowah Golfers Club 

The 2024 Ontario Men’s and Senior Men’s Match Play Championship takes place at Tarandowah Golfers Club, on June 10 – 13, 2024. 

Ontario’s top 96 men’s and senior men’s amateur golfers will go to battle in head-to-head matches in their respective divisions.  

The championship begins with the round of 64 in the men’s division and rounds of 32 in the senior men’s. First tee-off is set for 7:30am on Monday. 

For the match play brackets, CLICK HERE

PLAYER NOTES 

Among the 64-players in the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship: 

Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club), who won the 101st Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship last year, which made him and his father, Mike Pero, the first father-son duo to win the same championship in Golf Ontario history. 

Charles Fitzsimmons (Summit Golf & Country Club), two-time winner of the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship (2021 & 2022), returns to match play action after missing last year’s championship due to injury. 

Last year’s winner of the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Match Play Championship, Tanner Cardwell (Oshawa Golf & Curling Club). 

Former Team Ontario member, Zach Smith (Brampton Golf Club), who looks to avenge a finals elimination from last year’s Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Of the 32 Ontario Senior Men’s Match Play Championship players: 

Last year’s Ontario Senior Men’s Match Play Champion Steve Fredericks (Kawartha Golf Club). 

Adam Creighton (Cherry Hill Club), the winner of last year’s Ontario Senior Men’s Championship

Recent Ontario Golf Hall of Fame Inductee, Ashley Chinner (Coppinwood Golf Club), who won the 2021 Ontario Senior Men’s Amateur Championship.  

David Greenaway (Barrie Country Club), the 2022 Ontario Senior Men’s Match Play Champion

Also, in the field is Rob Cowan (Westmount Golf & Country Club), The 2002 Ontario Men’s Match Play Champion and the #2 ranked Senior Men’s player in the Biosteel Golf Ontario Amateur Order of Merit Rankings in 2023. 

QUOTES 

Connor Doyle, Tournament Director: “The Ontario Men’s and Senior Men’s Match Play Championship is always a great way to kick off the men’s & senior amateur championship season. We have another very competitive field which we saw almost 400 players attempt to qualify across the province along with multiple past champions in the field. Tarandowah will certainly be an excellent test for the players with the fast, and firm conditions, it should create many excellent matches next week. 

Ted Pease, Tarandowah Golfers Club General Manager & PGA of Canada Executive Professional: “Tarandowah Golfers Club is honoured to host the top men’s and senior men’s golfers across Ontario as they go one-on-one in match play. Having this level of competition is a great venue for us to showcase the unique challenges our course presents.” 

FAST FACTS 

Championship Venue: Tarandowah Golfers Club  
 
Championship Dates: June 10 – 13 
 
Field: 64 Men, 32 Senior Men 
 
Format: Match Play  
 
Match Play Brackets Link: 24′ Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship Event :: Tournament Results (golfgenius.com) 
 
Fun Fact: Tarandowah Golfers Club only has two par fives (holes 9 and 14), yet the course still measures 7,067 yards due to nine of its 12 par four holes having a length of over 400 yards.  

Top 100: Tarandowah Golfers Club was ranked the No. 75-best golf course in Canada according to SCOREGolf. 

Social Handles: @thegolfontario on Instagram, Facebook and X  

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Fitzsimmons Repeats at Men’s Match Play, Greenaway Claims Senior Title

RESULTS / PHOTOS

Gravenhurst, ON – The week of excellent Match Play competition came down to our final four competitors in the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship. Today, rain drizzled down to open Friday matches at Taboo before giving way to warm blue skies as the finals intensified.

After a strong week of play, defending champion and number one seed, Charles Fitzsimmons (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club), would prevail on the second playoff hole to achieve Men’s Match Play back-to-back champ status. A see-saw battle between Fitzsimmons and Taylor Hull (Granite Golf Club) resulted in a birdie on 17 and 18 respectively to force extra holes.

As for the Senior Match Play, Dave Greenaway (Barrie Country Club) came out strong going 3UP on the front nine and cruising to a 5&4 win over Allen Champman (Lindsay Golf & Country Club).

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for their support of the Ontario Men’s and Senior Men’s Match Play Championship. To Taboo Muskoka Golf Resort, and all their hard-working staff, thank you for hosting at such an exceptionally maintained course, especially with all the rain. Also a big thank you to the volunteers, as you are extremely valuable and we appreciate the time you take out of your week to assist. Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, and Sport Travel. We are always grateful for your continued support.

For full media coverage of the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums and our Instagram page for Story updates. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, The Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually. It features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers who have qualified earlier this season or gained an exemption into the event. Former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Ian Leggatt, David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.

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 largest 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.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

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Thrilling Play on Day 3 Sets up Finals for Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play

RESULTS / PHOTOS

Gravenhurst, ON – With light rain coming down all morning, competitors were fortunate as the sun came out for the semi-finals later in the day to heat up the play and competition. Both the Men and Senior Men played out their quarter-finals and semi-finals as the numbers continued to be cut in half, setting up for Friday’s finals.

In the Men’s quarter-finals, Team Ontario golfer Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club) faced off against Jaret Chipman (Cherry Hill Club), resulting in the longest match of the week. After being all tied up at the 18th, they went on to play nine more playoff holes. However, Chipman took down his opponent on the 10th when Pero would concede.

Chipman went on to face-off against number one seed Charles Fitzsimmons (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club) in the semi-finals. Fitzsimmons was up one going onto the 18th hole and sunk a 10-foot par putt to secure his position in Friday’s final. 

After his two outstanding performances in today’s quarter and semi-finals, Fitzsimmons will face off against Tyler Hull (Granite Golf Club), who played just as well through his matches on the day.

In the Senior Men’s division, Allen Chapman (Lindsay Golf & Country Club) took down his opponent, Nick Digiandomenico 6 & 5 in the first semi-final. Next, Chapman will face off against Dave Greenaway (Barrie Country Club), who knocked out his opponent Joe Miszkin (Cherry Hill Club), in a tight 2 & 1 victory.

Tomorrow morning the Men are set to tee off at 7:30 am, and the Senior Men will be teeing off right after at 7:38 am. For media coverage of the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, The Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually. It features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers who have qualified earlier this season or have gained an exemption into the event. Former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Ian Leggatt, David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.

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 largest 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.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Adam (AJ) Abraham, Assistant, Marketing Communications, Golf Ontario;
AAbraham@gao.ca

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Men’s & Senior Match Play Down to Quarter-Finals after Day 2

RESULTS / PHOTOS


Gravenhurst, ON – Mother nature redeemed herself on day two of the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship. Today, the sun was beaming down at Taboo Muskoka Golf course, making for great weather and intense competition. The Men played 36 holes (Round of 32 and 16), setting them up to compete in their quarter-final matchups on Thursday morning. The Senior Men played 18 holes (Round of 16) in the morning after finishing their round of 32 yesterday. Their quarter-final matchups are also set for early tomorrow morning.

With a tournament full of upsets, past champion and number one seed, Charles Fitzsimmons (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club), earned his ticket to the quarter-finals after draining a birdie putt on the first playoff hole. Additional key players to keep an eye on in the quarter-finals are Team Ontario members Ryan Somerville (Summit Golf & Country Club) and Cameron Pero (Picton Golf & Country Club). After winning his round of 32 matchup 7 & 6, Somerville took down his opponent Nolan Wilson (Galt Country Club) in a much closer battle, finishing 2 & 1. In the round of 16, Pero was down 1 to his opponent Josh Dicarlo (Pointe West Golf Club) after the front nine but recovered down the stretch, winning the match 3 & 2 after a great back nine.


For the round of 8, the Men will tee off at 7:30 am, and the Senior Men will tee off right after starting at 8:02 am on Thursday. For media coverage of the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.

About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, The Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually. It features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers who have qualified earlier this season or gained an exemption into the event. Former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Ian Leggatt, David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.

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 largest 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.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca


Adam (AJ) Abraham, Assistant, Marketing Communications, Golf Ontario;
AAbraham@gao.ca


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Heavy Rain Dominates Day 1 of Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play

RESULTS / PHOTOS

Gravenhurst, ON – Mother nature was not on our side today at the Ontario Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship from the beautiful Taboo Muskoka Golf Course. Competitors fought off heavy rain throughout their entire round, and while the wet conditions were difficult for some, they proved helpful for others. Both the Men and Senior Men completed 18 holes today, with the Men (64 bracket) teeing off at 7:30 am and the Senior Men (32 bracket) teeing off just past 12:30 pm.

Even with the tough conditions, it was an exciting round today, with many golfers proving that seeding is just a number. The lower seeded underdog won over a quarter of all matches, making for some exhilarating play. 

In the Men’s grouping, some competitors to keep an eye on heading into the round of 32 include Charles Fitzsimmons (St. Thomas Golf & Country Club), Bavake Sihota (Golf Canada Club – Ontario), Dave Bunker (Cherry Hill Club), Nolan Piazza (Cherry Hill Club) and Team Ontario members Isaiah Ellis, Ryan Somerville, Cameron Pero and Justin Matthews. With the Senior Men’s, competitors to take note of include Joe Miszk (Cherry Hill Club), Dave Greenaway (Barrie Country Club), and Perry Freda (Madawaska Golf Course).

Rainy AND TOUGH DAY 1 CONDITIONS, BUT STILL SMILING

Tomorrow, the Men will play 36 holes, whereas the Senior Men will play 18 again. Tee times for the Men’s round of 32 will begin at 7:30 am, and the Senior Men’s round of 16 will tee off at 8:34 am. Please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page for media coverage of the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our Golf Genius page.


About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, The Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually and features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers that have qualified earlier this season, or who have gained an exemption into the event. Notable former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Ian Leggatt, David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.


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 largest 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.


Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.


For more information please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Adam (AJ) Abraham, Assistant, Marketing Communications, Golf Ontario;
AAbraham@gao.ca

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Taboo Hosts the Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play June 7-10

Gravenhurst, ON – Taboo Golf Course & Resort once again welcomes the Men’s & Senior Men’s Match Play Championship from June 7-10. The Men’s features a 64-player bracket while the Senior Men’s will showcase 32 players all competing to come out on top.

Taboo will offer competitors a challenging layout carved into the dramatic Canadian Shield landscape. Consistently voted among Canada’s Top 100 courses and renowned for its panoramic beauty, the Taboo golf course is a captivating gateway to Muskoka, one of Canada’s truly outstanding golf destinations. Managing Director of Taboo Muskoka Resort and Golf, Nigel Hollidge, shared that “the course is in the best condition it’s been in in years. We wintered really well, the spring has offered very good growing conditions, and we hired a new Superintendent this year, Owen Leewith, who has been wonderful. All around, we are very happy with the condition of the golf course.” When asked about the challenge competitors may experience, Hollidge let on that the turf team plans to quicken the greens. “If we are able to get the green speed up, which I think we will be able to, I do see the greens being a challenge for the players. The rough will be challenging, but Taboo is not an easy golf course that’s for sure. I think the players will find it challenging, but fair.”

TABOO GOLF COURSE & RESORT

Tee times for the round of 64 begin at 7:30 am on June 7th with a split start off one and ten. For more information and to follow along with the leaderboard, visit the Championship Golf Genius page.

About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, The Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually and features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers that have qualified earlier this season, or who have gained an exemption into the event. Notable former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Ian Leggatt, David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.

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 largest 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.

Instagram/Twitter/Facebook: @TheGolfOntario

To stay informed on Golf Ontario’s championship play, events, and additional updates, make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

For more information please contact:

Peter MacKellar, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Golf Ontario;
PMacKellar@gao.ca

Adam (AJ) Abraham, Assistant, Marketing Communications, Golf Ontario;
AAbraham@gao.ca

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Chase Komaromi outlasts the field and wins Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

PORT CARLING — The grind of a match play championship is one of the toughest tests for any golfer. Not only must they best a field of competitors, but unlike a stroke-play event, four rounds is only the beginning. On June 9, from The Lake Joseph Club in Port Carling, Golf Ontario wrapped up the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship with Delaware, Ontario’s Chase Komaromi hoisting the trophy after seven matches.

The championship match featured Komaromi and Waterloo’s Matt LeMay. Komaromi, from The Oaks Golf Club, jumped out to a great start by winning holes two, three and four to build a 3up lead. The 23-year-old added to his lead on the seventh with a birdie after a great second shot. A par on the eighth allowed him to make it 5up, which he carried to the back nine.

LeMay, 21-years-old, would mount a comeback early on the back nine. He pared the 10th to cut the deficit to four. Then, after a nice approach on the 11th, LeMay got another shot back and was just three down. He continued to cut into the lead with a birdie on the 12th hole. Then, LeMay made par on the 13th, after Komaromi’s tee shot found the woods, making it a one-hole match. However, that was as close as LeMay would come. Komaromi took back-to-back holes on 14 and 15 and then the two halved the 16th ending the match 3&2 for Komaromi.

After the win Komaromi talked about what the win meant to him. “It has been a stressful week. I basically drove here through the night Monday from a U.S. Open Sectional in Columbus, so it was unexpected to get the win. I played pretty well all week, stuck to my game plan and it all worked out.”

Despite capturing the title, Komaromi definitely recognized that the final match became interesting when he saw his 5up lead evaporate. “I think the worst I had been all week on the front nine was 3up, but 10 and 11, I gave those holes back in each match. Even after losing those holes today, I figured if I kept plugging away I would get back into it and it worked out in the end.”

Chase Komaromi’s road to the final match

Komaromi entered the event as the 31st seed. He beat Newmarket’s Doug McNeil in the first round 4&3. That earned him a match with four-time Ontario Match Play Champion Brampton’s Dave Bunker. However, Komaromi was not fazed by the challenge, winning 2up. “Beating Dave definitely gave me a big boost of confidence. It was nice to meet him, he is a great player,” added Komaromi.

Round three saw a match with Kitchener’s Keaton Jones where Komaromi won 3&2. In the quarter-finals, it was Komaromi versus Burlington’s Jeff Clarridge. Komaromi narrowly took the match 1up. That sent him to the semi-finals against Mississauga’s Conner Watt. Komaromi’s roll would continue with a 3&1 win, punching his ticket to the finals.

Matt Lemay’s road to the final match

LeMay entered the event as the number five seed. The Golf Ontario Public Player matched up with Mississauga’s Keith Joel in the opening round. LeMay got by Joel with a 2&1 victory. Then LeMay, the 2014 Ontario Junior Boys’ Champion, knocked out Toronto’s Harris Bundy with a 9&8 win. In the third round, LeMay faced off with Barrie’s Braydon White and took the match 2&1. That win advanced LeMay to the quarter-finals where he took on Elmvale’s Andrew Nagel. It turned out to be a very close match with LeMay pulling out the 1up victory. His semi-finals match saw him faceoff with Dundas’ Nicholas Ross. LeMay got past Ross with a 5&4 win to earn his place in the finals.

For full tournament information, including round by round results, see the tournament page at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao17/event/gao1715/index.htm

Golf Ontario would like to thank ClubLink and The Lake Joseph Club for hosting the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship. Thanks also to the Golf Ontario volunteers who make these events possible.

About the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship

Established in 1986, the Ontario Men’s Match Play Championship is contested annually and features 64 of Ontario’s best amateur golfers that have qualified through one of four qualifying tournaments held earlier this season, or who have gained an exemption into the event.  Notable former champions include: David Hearn, David Byrne and Dave Bunker.