Tight At The Top After 2nd Round

(LaSALLE, ON) – Anyone looking for separation after round two of the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship, July 12 at Ambassador Golf Club, certainly didn’t get it. Multiple players followed up under-par opening rounds with more red numbers and now three names share top spot on the leaderboard: Concord’s John Foster, Unionville’s Max Sear, and Aurora’s Shyamal Nagindas.

Foster was the first of the three to hit the course during round two. He began the day four-under and went on to replicate his round form the first day with another four-under (67). That moved him to eight-under (67-67-134).  Foster had a good front nine, making the turn at one-under, but it was his back nine where he did the damage. He carded a bogey-free back nine that included a trio of birdies.

Foster’s lead held up until the afternoon when Sear and Nagindas joined him in front. Sear, from York Downs Golf & Country Club and the defending champion, got off to a rough start with a bogey on the first hole. He made the turn one-under, but like Foster scored well on the back nine, finishing it three-under. Sear carded his second consecutive four-under (67) to move to eight-under (67-67-134).

As for Nagindas, from Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club, he began the day alone in second after an opening round of five-under (66). While he wasn’t able to duplicate his success from day one, he came pretty close with a three-under (68) to join Foster and Sear at eight-under.

The three leaders don’t have much room for error as a pair of players are just one back at seven-under for the championship. Bognor’s Josiah Dixon (70-65-135) and Stouffville’s Gajan Sivabalasingham (68-76-135) will both look to catch the leaders tomorrow.

After the round, the field was cut to the lowest 60 scores, including ties. The cut was set at three-over (145) and 63 players advanced to the final two rounds. The third round goes today with the final round on Friday.

For full tournament information, including the leaderboard and pairings, see the tournament site.

Local Results

  • Curtis Hughes 71-67 – 138
  • Michael Rutgers 67-72 – 139
  • Thomas DeMarco 64-77 – 141
  • Eric Pattenaude 71-74 – 145
  • Stephen Brown 73-72 – 145

Failed to make cut

  • Brandon Mihalo 75-73 – 148
  • John Zdonek 77-71 – 148
  • Shawn Sehra 74-74 – 148
  • Alexander Zappio 71-78 – 149
  • Michael Nunes 76-74 – 150
  • Ethan O’Meara 80-71 – 151
  • Adam Graham 78-77 – 155
  • Myles Thiessen 87-DNP – 87

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