Burlington ON - The inconsistent weather that plagued the Southern Ontario region for the past 2 months peeked it’s ugly face on Thursday for round 2 of the Southern Ontario Open. After just three groups started their 2nd round, the rain began and at 8:15 am play was suspended due to inclement weather. Players then endured a four and half hour delay before round 2 would resume.
First round leader Robbie Greenwell of Victoria (BC) was two shots clear of the field starting the day, but two bogies early in his round caused him to battle hard for his final score of one over par 72. Greenwell made birdies on holes 16 and 18 to keep himself within one shot of the lead.
Burlington ON - “Home Sweet Home” is a very comforting saying that goes deeper than just the words. Coming back to a place where good things happen, can make a big difference in the game of golf. In the final round of the 2016 Southern Ontario Open, the former Georgetown (ON) native Robbie Greenwell climbed the leaderboard after a final round 62 to finish in fifth alone.
Fast forward a year later where Greenwell, now residing in Victoria (BC), returns to Ontario for the Southern Ontario Open and looks to build off some great memories left over from last year’s final round at Hidden Lake GC’s New Course. After making the turn at 2 under par 33, Greenwell would go on to birdie holes 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, and 18 to post a back nine of 30 and a first round total of 8 under par 63. His total would be 2 shots better than the next competitor and give him some much needed confidence for the remainder of the week....
Burlington ON – In the brief five year history of the Southern Ontario Open, it has produced a very good list of Champions that include Eric Ross (2012), Derek Gillespie (2013), Dominic Bozzelli (2014), Christopher Ross (2015) and Raoul Menard (2016). The common thread for each champion is that they accomplished the feat on Hidden Lake Golf Club’s New Course.
2017 will mark the sixth playing of the Southern Ontario Open and it will be hosted by Clublink’s Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington ON. Superintendent Jeff Roundell is working daily to prepare the grounds and the New Course is expected to be in prime condition and will play like a major championship. The greens will be running PGA TOUR like with speeds between 10.5 and 11.5 on the stimp-meter. If Mother Nature cooperates, the fairways and greens will progressively firm up as the week moves on and the rough will receive its last cut on Friday prior to the Open.