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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....
Cvetkovic made bogey on his first hole in round 2 but followed it up with five birdies on the next eight holes to turn in 4 under par 31. He then made bogey on the tenth hole and two holes later made a double bogey to fall back to 4 under par for the tournament. Birdies on holes fourteen and seventeen got him back to 6 under par and tied for the lead heading into the third round.
Ross, a PGA Tour Canada member, also stumbled coming out of the gate with bogies on hole one and three. He made a nice two on the par 3 ninth to get his round back under par and was 4 under for the tournament through 27 holes. Christopher had 3 birdies and a lone bogey on the back nine to get himself to 6 under par and for a few moments was the sole leader in the clubhouse. Birdies have been rare for some players this week, however, Ross has made 13 through two rounds thus far.
First round leader and younger brother to Christopher, Nicholas Ross (Dundas ON), fired a second round 72 to sit one shot off the lead. Nic and Christopher Ross are the sons’ of former Golf Canada Executive Director and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Stephen Ross. Nicholas recently qualified for U.S. Amateur Championship next month.
Low round of the day came from Bermuda native Camiko Smith who poured in 2 eagles and played his last two holes in 3 under par to post a 7 under 64. Smith, a former Web.com Tour Player moved up the leaderboard after an opening round 73 and now sits one shot off the lead at the halfway point.
Here are the 36 Hole Scores from the Top 15 competitors:
T1 Brian Cvetkovic, Burlington 68-68-136
T1 Christopher Ross, Dundas 68-68-136
T3 Camiko Smith, BERMUDA 73-64-137
T3 Nicholas Ross (a), Dundas 65-72-137
T3 Matthew Scobie (a), Ajax 69-68-137
6 Luke Ovenden, Georgetown 67-71-138
T7 Jake Scott, USA 71-70-141
T7 Michael Dart, Toronto 69-72-141
9 Graham Baillargeon, Mississauga 74-68-142
T10 Michael Rizetto, Brantford 72-72-144
T10 Stephane Dubois, Brantford 73-71-144
T10 JJ Regan, Burlington 73-71-144
T10 Osama Khan (a), Mississauga 72-72-144
T10 Zachary Giusti, Aurora 73-71-144
T15 Chevy Rennie (a), Meaford 71-74-145
T15 Jim Kenesky, Waterdown 78-67-145
For Full Field results please view HERE
Round 3 will commence at 7 am on Friday Morning with the final group set to play at 9:15 am. The Southern Ontario Open round 3 tee times can be viewed by going HERE
The tournament will conclude on Saturday July 25 in what should be an exciting final round with many story lines arising. Hidden Lake Golf Club has been well received by the players and is in wonderful tournament conditions with greens rolling at an impressive 11.7 on the stimpmeter. The course should continue to impress as the week moves along.