By Claire Welsh
(SEAFORTH, ON) – Toronto native Jack Simpson opened with a one-over par 72 on Tuesday to lead the field at the Ontario Bantam Boys’ Championship hosted by Seaforth Golf Club.
The 14-year-old delivered the best performance of the day, laying down birdies on the 3rd, 4th and 15th holes, while giving back bogeys on holes 2 and 6 and dropping a double bogey on the 11th to earn a single stroke lead. With 18 holes left to play in Wednesday’s final round, the GAO Public Player will look to stay in front of the field of Ontario’s best junior boys age 15 and younger.
Two golfers currently share second place; 14-year-old Damon Crane of Oakville, a member at Lionhead Golf and Country Club, and Tecumseh resident Curtis Hughes, 13, a member of Beach Grove Golf and Country Club. Both golfers fired two-over par 73’s on Tuesday to sit tied in the runner-up position.
Four golfers are tied for fourth place after delivering identical three-over par 74’s. Jordy Denomme of Waterloo, a member at Whistle Bear Golf Club, Zack Mason of Toronto, from Donalda Club, Guelph resident and Cutten Fields member Anthony Occhiuto, and Caledonia resident and Dundas Valley member Aidan Gavey will all try to make up for the two-shot deficit they share heading into the final 18 holes of competition.
Point West member Marcus Slipchuk of Amherstburg finished the first round tied for 42nd with a 13 over 84.
Final round action for the boys’ championship gets under way at 7:30 am with the lead grouping of Simpson, Crane and Hughes set to tee off at 11:30 am and the 2013 champion to be crowned immediately following the conclusion of play.
The Ontario Bantam Boys’ Championship is contested annually and features the best male golfers in the province age 15 and younger competing for the James H. Peacock trophy. Past champions of the event include Bob Panasiuk, and Kelly Roberts, and 2013 marks the first time that Seaforth Golf Club has hosted the event.