Burlington (ON) - PGA Tour Latino America Member Raoul Menard of Ange-Gardien (QC) gained much confidence after his performance this week at the Southern Ontario Open. His four round total of 63-68-66-63=260 -24 was good enough for a one shot victory over Jake Scott of Strongsville (OH). Scott started the fourth round as the 54 hole leader after posting three consecutive 64's but was out played in the end by Menard...
Burlington (ON) - Hidden Lake Golf Club (New Course) in Burlington (ON) will once again play host to the upcoming Southern Ontario Open July 26-29. This will be the fifth playing of the Championship and this year's edition is shaping up to be one of the strongest fields in recent years.
With the RBC Canadian Open being contested not far down the road in Oakville (ON), the Southern Ontario Open saw it's field bolstered as both Dave Levesque from Ste-Catherine (QC) and Branson Ferrier from Barrie (ON) have committed to play at Hidden Lake Golf Club.
Levesque comes into the Southern Ontario Open as the #1 ranked player in the PGA of Canada rankings, a position that earned him a spot in the Canadian Open field.
Ferrier who recently turned professional and played his first event professionally on June 2, earned his ticket to the Canadian Open field by winning the Regional Qualifier at King's Forest Golf Course in Hamilton (ON).
Burlington ON - The Southern Ontario Open presented by Pure Organic Foods was contested on July 22 to July 25 at Clublink's Hidden Lake Golf Club (New Course). Players in the field were extremely impressed by the golf course conditions, with green speeds consistently running 11 to 11.5 each round. One player stated "Bring the Grandstands, fans and grow the rough another inch and you can easily have the Canadian Open here this week."
With the RBC Canadian Open being contested down the road at Glen Abbey Golf Club and the near magical run by Brantford ON native David Hearn it reminds us of a time over 10 years ago in 2004. Hearn made some history by being the only player in Canada to win at three professional levels before securing his 2005 PGA Tour Card. That summer he won a Great Lakes Tour Platinum event at Hidden Lake in which he followed it up with a win at the Times Colonist Open (MacKenzie Tour). A few weeks later he played in the Alberta Classic (Web.com Tour) and won by a stroke. Finally he secured his PGA Tour Card later in December, by draining a 60 foot putt to Qualify on the number.
Ten years later the road to the PGA Tour is not as easy and players now have to spend time on each Tour to secure their spot at the highest level.
Chris Ross, a native of Dundas Ontario and member of the MacKenzie Tour, has played the Southern Ontario Open the past three seasons. With the Mackenzie Tour taking a week off for the RBC Canadian Open, it offered an opportunity for Ross to come home and compete at Hidden Lake Golf Club. With other competitive options available during the same time period, Ross made the decision to be close to family and compete for the first prize that will ultimately assist in sending him to the Web.com Tour Qualifying School in the Fall...
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Burlington ON – The Southern Ontario Open has been a highly exciting tournament over it's first three years. In 2012, Eric Ross made a hole in one on the par 3 ninth hole that ultimately lead to him becoming the Inaugural Champion in event history. Michael Gligic and Derek Gillespie went head to head on the back 9 in the final round of 2013 before Gillespie took home the title. Last year Domenic Bozelli fired a final round 63 on Hidden Lake Golf Club's New Course to become the third different Champion in three years.
2015 should bring similar results as two local players now share the lead through 36 holes. Brian Cvetkovic (Burlington ON) and Christopher Ross (Dundas ON) both fired a pair of 3 under par 68’s to sit atop the leaderboard at 6 under par....
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Burlington ON - The fourth edition of the Southern Ontario Open presented by Pure Organic Foods, Ontario's only OPEN golf championship, will be contested Wednesday July 22 through to Saturday July 25, 2015.
The 72 hole event will be hosted by Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington ON. This will also be the fourth consecutive year the club will open it's doors to this prestigious event. The competition will feature top amateurs, professionals and PGA of Canada members from around the province.
The inaugural year for the Open was in 2012 when it was conducted by Hi5golf who now operates the Golf Channel Am Tour Canada. In 2013, the Great Lakes Tour took over the event and has now grown into a wonderful tradition for local professional and amateur golfers in the province. Past champions include Eric Ross (2012), Derek Gillespie (2013) and Domenic Bozelli (2014).
"It's a lot of work but we love doing it." said Tournament Director and Great Lakes Tour President David Brisson. "This event was started with passion four years ago with the vision to grow golf in Ontario. We plan to keep that vision alive for years to come."
Though the field is small due to conflicting events for both PGA of Canada members and Touring Professionals, it will still be a highly competitive event with many players travelling from afar.
Notable players include Camiko Smith from Bermuda, Jake Scott from Mooresville North Carolina and Christopher Ross from Dundas ON who currently plays on the MacKenzie Tour. He will be playing the first two rounds alongside younger brother Nicholas.
Local favourites in the field will include:
Tee Times will begin at 7am on Wednesday. Pairings for Round One and Round Two are posted HERE
For live scoring during the week you can view HERE
Mexico’s Mauricio Azcue, Scotland’s Steven Smith tied for 2nd a shot back
Burlington, Ontario – July 24, 2014 – Gardner-Webb alum Daniel Kim had a roller coaster round and, like any good roller coaster, the best was saved for last. The Toronto native had a day in his hometown Open which saw him make as many birdies as pars with seven, while adding three
bogeys. However it was his eagle on 18 which put him at 6 under par and
gave him a one shot lead after the first round of play. Kim was even par
through his first 12 holes, with three birdies and three bogeys washing
each other out. Then he caught fire birding his next four holes and
eagling the sixth to finish his final six holes at six under par.
The two players closest to Kim on the leader board are perhaps the two
players who have come from the farthest away from Ontario; Mexico’s
Mauricio Azcue and Scotland’s Steven Smith. Azcue, a former number one
ranked amateur in Mexico, and Smith, a star at Western Carolina, both
finished their first round at 5 under par. Kim’s countryman and former
Kent State star Brett Cairns, out of Courtland, managed to finish his
round at 4 under par which put him into a tie for 4th with two of the
NGA Tour’s top regulars, Delaware alum Justin Martinson and Virginia
alum Mac McLaughlin. Martinson, out of Avondale, Pa., has pulled off two
wins this season with victories at the Gates Four Classic and the King
Cadillac Shootout, while McLaughlin, out of Cleveland, Ohio, finished
runner-up at last week’s Seven Lakes NGA Classic.
Two other local Ontario golfers, each from opposite ends of the
spectrum, finished at 3 under par and in a tie for seventh.
Mississauga’s Greg Doherty, who starred at DePaul, was the Great Lakes
Tour leading money winner last season while Waterloo’s Luke Moser, who
is still competing for Troy, is playing in this week’s event as an
amateur. Still seven other local Ontario competitors finished the day at
2 under par and are currently tied for ninth. The group includes local
legend Christopher Ross, who starred at Eastern Michigan and dominated
this past season’s NGA Tour Winter Series by winning 3 events in a row
and running away with the tour’s money title. The six other local
players are Georgia College alum Colton Kalkanis (Barrie), Gardner-Webb
alum J.J. Regan (Burlington), Korean native Justin YW Kim (Hamilton),
Indiana University of Penn alum Zack Kempa (Brantford), Drury alum
Thomas Hay (Langley), and Louisville alum Sebastian Szirmak (Toronto)
who has starred on the Great Lakes Tour the past two seasons.
Auburn alum and leading NGA Tour money winner Dominic Bozzelli, out of
Pittsford, N.Y., finished at one over par and is currently tied for 16th
with 7 other players including former PGA Tour player and Florida alum
Will Strickler. James Madison alum and 2014 NGA Tour Pro Series winner
Jay Woodson, out of Richmond , Virginia, is one of eight players at even
par and tied for 24th. This group also includes Stratford native Brett
Nymeyer who is currently 2nd on the Great Lakes Tour money and points
Play in the 2014 Southern Ontario Open resumes Friday morning with round
two tee times beginning at 7:30am on the championship Hidden Lake Golf
Club in Burlington. Spectators are welcome and, as always, admission is
free to the public. Round two tee times can be found at
To learn more about the NGA Tour or the National Golf Association please
visit www.ngatour.com or call 800-992-8748.
For full 2014 Southern Ontario Open 1st Round results visit:
Pos. Player Hometown Total R1
1 Daniel Kim Toronto, ONT -6 65
T2 Mauricio Azcue Mexico City, MEX -5 66
T2 Steven Smith Kirknewton, Scotland -5 66
T4 Brett Cairns Courtland, ONT -4 67
T4 Justin Martinson Avondale, PA -4 67
T4 Mac McLaughlin Cleveland, OH -4 67
T7 Greg Doherty Mississauga, ONT -3 68
T7 Luke Moser (a) Waterloo, ONT -3 68
T9 Christopher Ross Dundas, ONT -2 69
T9 Colton Kalkanis Barrie. ONT -2 69
T9 JJ Regan Burlington, ONT -2 69
T9 Justin YW Kim Hamilton, ONT -2 69
T9 Sebastian Szirmak Toronto, ONT -2 69
T9 Thomas Hay Langley, ONT -2 69
T9 Zack Kempa Brantford, ONT -2 69
T16 Dominic Bozzelli Pittsford, NY -1 70
T16 Eric Hawerchuk Barrie -1 70
T16 James Seymour Aurora -1 70
T16 Joey Hetherman Burlington -1 70
T16 Justin Smith Noosaville -1 70
T16 Marcelo Rozo Bogot -1 70
T16 Ryan Corbin Brampton -1 70
T16 Will Strickler Dallas -1 70
T24 Blake Snyder Seattle E 71
T24 Brendan Barrack Toronto E 71
T24 Brett Nymeyer Stratford E 71
T24 David M Sheman Newmarket E 71
T24 Jake Scott Mooresville E 71
T24 Jay Woodson Richmond E 71
T24 Osama Khan (a) Mississauga E 71
T24 Ryan Terdik Mt.Pleasant E 71
T32 Craig Hicks Tecumseh 1 72
T32 Jarrod Barsamian Ponte Vedra Beach 1 72
T32 Peter Laws Milton 1 72
T32 Spencer Lawson Davidson 1 72
T32 Steve Rodriguez Ajax 1 72
T32 Walter Keating Thunder Bay 1 72
T38 Alex Carrigan Guelph 2 73
T38 Dan Payton Keswick 2 73
T38 Greg Huxman Pinecrest 2 73
T38 Jim Kenesky Waterdown 2 73
T38 Joshua Bamberger Waterloo 2 73
T38 Nicholas Powell (A) Toronto 2 73
T38 Spencer Laurie Blenheim 2 73
T38 Terry OBrien Innisfil 2 73
T46 Alan Mclean London 3 74
T46 Andrew Jensen Ottawa 3 74
T46 Andrew Ledger Toronto 3 74
T46 Andrew Oke Fenelon Falls 3 74
T46 Braeden Cryderman Huntsville 3 74
T46 Julian James North Gower 3 74
T46 Russell Budd Toronto 3 74
T46 Stephen Gonko Sudbury 3 74
T54 Daniel Bowling Mooretown 4 75
T54 Jon Rondeau Maple 4 75
T54 Keaton Jones (a) Miller Lake 4 75
T54 Matt Hoffman Thornhill 4 75
T54 Santiago Quirarte Queretaro 4 75
T59 David Crawford Hamilton 5 76
T59 James Brown Paris 5 76
T59 Keegan Tyers Newmarket 5 76
T59 Michael Petitti (a) Mississauga 5 76
T59 Mike Currie (A) Milton 5 76
T59 Ryan Curran Thornton 5 76
T65 Brian Cvetkovic Burlington 6 77
T65 Drew Nesbitt Horseshoe Valley 6 77
T65 Gianfranco Guida Maple 6 77
T68 Dave Evans Waterdown 7 78
T68 Michael Murray (a) Thornhill 7 78
T70 Curtis Hartley (A) Orangeville 8 79
T70 Gregg Goddard (a) Burlington 8 79
T70 Izak Fouche Burlington 8 79
T73 Ben Ferguson Ancaster 9 80
T73 Gord Chilton Toronto 9 80
T75 Jonathan Pigott Thornhill 10 81
T75 Michael Richards (a) Cobourg 10 81
T77 Brent Gay Burlington 11 82
T77 John Maley Sudbury 11 82
T77 Paul Just (a) Aurora 11 82
80 Blair Davies (a) Georgetown 13 84
81 Jason Faubert Burlington 15 86
82 Peter Mattila Ottawa 17 88
83 Jeff Cunningham Parry Sound 20 91
WD Marc Hames (a) Grosse Pointe - WD
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By: Michaela DiMarcantonio
Burlington, ON - The local Hamilton Halton Junior Golf Tour (HHJGT) will be represented in the field of professionals and amateurs playing in the NGA Great Lakes Southern Ontario Open presented by the Great Lakes Tour this week from Thursday July 24 to Sunday July 27 at Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington, ON.
HHJGT President and PGA of Canada professional Jim Kenesky along with the 2013 HHJGT Junior Division Champion, Gregg Goddard will be teeing it up for the first round of play tomorrow at their home club.
Both players have been having a solid week in tournament play thus far. Kenesky captured a Golden Horseshoe Tour event co-win on Monday July 21, after firing off a 3-under par round of 68 at Heron Point Golf Club...
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By: Southern Ontario Open
Burlington ON - Heading into it's third year, the Southern Ontario Open (SOO) remains as the province's only Open Golf Championship to both professional and elite amateur golfers. Though much excitement has transpired in the first two years of the Championship, Mercedes-Benz Burlington wishes to add some excitement of their own.
In the previous two years of the tournament there has only been one hole-in-one recorded. In 2012, Eric Ross aced the 9th hole with a four iron in the final round en route to winning the Inaugural Championship.
This year every registered player will have a chance on Saturday July 26th to make the first hole-in-one and walk away with a new Mercedes-Benz. Though the hole has yet to be dertermined, the front runners are the 185 yard 11th hole or the ever tough 214 yard 9th hole.
Mercedes-Benz Burlington will have vehicles displayed on site throughout the entire week. Players and spectators are welcome to take a look and even set up a test drive appointment.
Catch all the action from the Southern Ontario Open by viewing the live scoring page HERE. Play begins 7:30am Thursday July 24th at Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington.