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....
Branson Ferrier of Barrie (ON) made 6 birdies and no bogies to post a solid round of 6 under par 65 and sits in solo second place heading into round 2 on Thursday.
David Sanders of Mt. Laurel (NJ) posted an early clubhouse lead of 5 under par 66. But could’ve been better as he missed 4 birdie putts within 8 feet during his first round.
Local favourite and 9 time Hidden Lake GC Club Champion Lars Melander of Oakville (ON) struggled at times during his round and would sign for a 3 over par 74.
For the first time in the Tournament’s history players will be competing for the opportunity to play in a Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada event. The 2017 Champion of the Southern Ontario Open will receive an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval July 12-15, 2017. The winner will also receive $8,000 of the $40,000 purse at stake.
Top 10 Leaderboard
Robbie Greenwell Victoria BC -8 63
Branson Ferrier Barrie ON -6 65
Wil Wittmann Detroit MI -5 66
Chris Hemmerich Kitchener ON -5 66
David Sanders Mt. Laurel NJ -5 66
Neil Bautista Bakersfield CA -4 67
Stephen Gonko Sudbury ON -4 67
Michael Dart Toronto ON -4 67
Brad Curren Halifax NS -4 67
Drew Nesbitt Shanty Bay ON -4 67
Wes Gates Novi MI -4 67
Matt Scobie Oshawa ON -4 67
Sun Kim L'Ile Perrot QC -4 67
COMPLETE ROUND 1 RESULTS