(GEORGETOWN, ON) – Ontario’s most prestigious men’s championship got under way Tuesday with 156 of the province’s best golfers teeing it up at The Club at North Halton for the 92nd playing of the Investors Group Ontario Amateur Championship.
After a rain delayed first round two golfers sit atop the tightly packed leaderboard; Defending champ and Brantford Golf and Country Club member Stephane Dubois and Caledon resident Ryan Borg. Both golfers tamed the course in their opening rounds, firing matching three-under 68’s to share a narrow single-stroke lead over the field.
Team Canada member and Vaughan resident Tony Gil is a shot off the in third place after carding a 69 in round one. Branson Ferrier of Barrie also posted a two-under opening round (69) to share third place with Gil. Bryce Evon of Windsor, Matt LeMay of Waterloo and Port Perry’s Sam McNulty are tied for fifth at one under par (70). Eight golfers sit at even par and three shots off the lead heading into round two.
The first round featured a five hour rain delay on Tuesday which forced the round to be suspended due to darkness around 8:30 pm on Tuesday evening. Those competitors unable to complete their first round Tuesday returned on Wednesday morning for a 7:30 am restart and the first round final was in the books just before noon.
The second round got under way at 10:30 am on Wednesday and tee times will run through 5:30 pm. At the conclusion of second round, the field will be cut to the low 60 and ties, with the 2014 champion being crowned on Friday afternoon.
More is on the line than just the Gary Cowan trophy – golfers are also vying for 60 quota spots to compete in 2014 Canadian Men’s Amateur, co-hosted by Elmhurst Golf & Country Club & Southwood Golf & Country Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba on August 4-7. The 2014 Canadian Amateur champion will earn an exemption into the 2015 Canadian Open and the 2014 US Amateur Championship.