Tecumseh, ON – Under hot and humid conditions, round one of the 99th Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship presented by TD Brazier/Dupuis Wealth Management, got underway at the 100-year-old Beach Grove Golf and Country Club. The field of 114 players came out sharp, as they looked to make early moves on the leaderboard.
Leading the pack after the first round in a two-way tie is Nicholas Hofland (Hamilton G&CC) and Charles Fitzsimmons (St. Thomas G&CC). Both shooting three-under, Hofland sunk an eagle on eighteen while Fitzsimmons fired six birdies. Trailing just one stroke back is a pack of players tied in third, all completing a round of 69. The group of six in T3 contains Eric Yun (Station Creek GC), Jaret Chipman (Cherry Hill Club), Simon McInnis (Rebel Creek GC), Cam Kellet (St. Thomas G&CC), Connor Rochon (Weston G&CC), and Bavake Sihota (TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley).
Round two will be vital for competitors as they look to make the cut of 48 plus ties before round three. Catch action from the championship tomorrow at 7:30 a.m.. Leaderboard information, pairings, and tee times can be found on our Golf Genius page. For media coverage of the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook page and view photo albums.
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 kickstarted 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).
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