Golf Ontario

Thompson Leads After Round 1 of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

June 20, 2023

Burlington, ON – High winds, quick greens, and thick rough made challenging conditions for the field of 144 players competing in round one of the 31st Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, at the scenic Burlington Golf & Country Club. While blue skies shone overhead all day, the competitors faced 40km+ winds and took to the course in hopes of an early hot start.

Holding the leader position after round one with an impressive score of five-under-par (65) is Ben Thompson (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) who made seven birdies and two bogeys to finish with the low score of the day. Sitting alone in second place shooting a three-under (67) for the day including five birdies and two bogeys is Phil Arci (The Pulpit Club). Four shots back in third place are; Eric Ross (Burlington Golf & Country Club), Kyle Rank (Elmira Golf Club), and Russell Bowie (Brampton Golf Club Ltd) each shooting a score of 69.

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 second round of the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday morning) off both the 1st and 10th tees. For more information on the championship and to follow the leaderboard, click here for the official tournament website.

Click here for Round 1 tournament photos.

About the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Since 1993, the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship has proven to be one of Ontario’s most sought-after and important Championship titles. The 54-hole competition caters to Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through qualifying tournaments or an exemption. Despite its young history, the championship has developed a notable list of past champions including Garrett Rank (2015, 2018) and Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton (1993, 1998), Kelly Roberts (1997), and Dave Bunker (2007, 2011, 2014, 2021).

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,

John Lawrence, Tournament Director

For tournament results, click here