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Golf Ontario – Third time is the charm for Bennett and Briggs at 2018 Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship hosted by Brampton Golf Course

BRAMPTON, ON — The second to last event of the Golf Ontario season took place today at Brampton Golf Club with the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship. This was the third year in a row that Brampton hosted the event and unlike the scorcher of 2017, it was a windy cool day with some light rain scattered throughout it. 

One pair that was able to handle the weather was the team of Mark Bennett from Bayview G&CC and Jim Briggs of Cardinal Lakes GC who shot an amazing five-under (66) to win by two strokes in their third attempt together at this trophy.

Afterwards the dynamic duo spoke about what it meant. “We bogeyed our first hole and after that we just played rock solid, lots of birdie looks,” said Briggs. “We made 6 birdies and could have made two or three more,” added Bennett.

The pair acknowledged they are a good team together for a few reasons. “We are both very calm and relaxed and we don’t get too serious or down,” commented Briggs. He continued with “Sharing it as a team to celebrate makes it even more special.” Bennett then summed it, “It’s pretty special, it’s an Ontario Championship and we get our names on the trophy that contains with players from the past few decades that have been the best of the best.”

They came together from a referral three years ago of all things. “Somebody mentioned Jim didn’t have a partner at a senior qualifier we were both at and I walked over and introduced myself and thankfully he said yes and gave me an opportunity,” said Bennett. This is the first provincial title for both Bennett and Briggs coming close in second place at the 2016 tournament. 

There was a three-way tie for second place at three-under (68). Sharing the 
silver were the teams of: Bruno Ardito and Gary Parker of home course Brampton GC, Kevin and Dan Boland, also of Brampton GC and Neil Boddington and Greg Hotham of Barrie CC.

Golf Ontario would really like to thank Brampton Golf Club and their incredible staff for hosting the event again. Thanks also to the Golf Ontario volunteers, for their continued support of amateur golf in Ontario. For complete tournament information visit the tournament site: visit here

About the Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship

The Ontario Senior Men’s Better-Ball Championship was first contested in 1982. It is open to players aged 55 and older as of the date of the tournament. The championship trophy was donated by the Oakdale Golf & Country Club, who annually host Golf Ontario’s Men’s Better-Ball Championship. Notable champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Famers Nick Westlock and Stu Hamilton. 

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 450 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact, to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to shaping lives through Golf.

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For more information, please contact:

Peter MacKellar 
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Golf Ontario
(t) 905.852.1101 ext 224
(e) PMacKellar@gao.ca

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Results for contest Low Gross:
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 1   Mark Bennett Bayview G&CC Jim Briggs Public Player                                    66 -5  
 T2  Bruno Ardito Brampton GC Gary Parker Brampton GC                                      68 -3  
 T2  Neil Boddington Barrie CC Greg Hotham Barrie CC                                       68 -3  
 T2  Kevin Boland Brampton GC Dan Boland Brampton GC                                       68 -3  
 T5  Wallace Hofland Hamilton G & CC Bob Herron Brantford G&CC                             69 -2  
 T5  Bryan McMahon Brampton GC Bill Swartz Public Player                                   69 -2  
 T7  Brian Bowman St. Thomas Golf & Country Stephen Brodie St. Thomas Golf & Country       70 -1  
 T7  Lars Melander Hidden Lake GC Larry Cooper Mississaugua                                70 -1  
 T7  Claudio Venditti The National Golf Club of Paul Policaro The National Golf Club of    70 -1  
 T7  John Zdonek Roseland Golf & Curling C John Saffran Pointe West GC                     70 -1  
 T11 Phil Charal The Summit G&CC  Tony Robinson The Summit G&CC                            71 E   
 T11 Randy Doucette Victoria Park East Golf C Gary Clairman Victoria Park East Golf C      71 E   
 T11 Christopher Kertsos York Downs Golf & Country Dan Partland The National Golf Club of  71 E   
 T11 Jace Kohlmeier Sarnia G&CC Gerard McAnulty Sarnia G&CC                                71 E   
 T11 Peter MacKinnon Maple City Country Club Tom Faulds London Hunt and CC                 71 E   
 T11 Brad McConnell Lakeridge Links Golf Club Paul Kirkpatrick Station Creek GC            71 E   
 T11 Rick Paquette Beach Grove G&CC Ken Greenwood Beach Grove G&CC                         71 E   
 T18 Peter Gee Rattlesnake Point GC Jamie Kavanagh Glen Abbey GC                           72 +1  
 T18 Howard Glassman Glencairn GC Tim Southcott Glencairn GC                               72 +1  
 T18 Steven Houle Riverbend Golf Community Warren Sye Riverbend Golf Community             72 +1  
 T18 Michael Howard Meadowbrook Golf & Countr Raymond Oh Meadowbrook Golf & Countr         72 +1  
 T18 Stig Lassen Saugeen Golf Club Ian Penney Lookout Point Country Clu                    72 +1  
 T18 Jay Lilge Donalda Club Allan Donald Donalda Club                                      72 +1  
 T18 Jeff Maslanka Deer Ridge Golf Club Bob Turow Deer Ridge Golf Club                     72 +1  
 T18 Marty Quincey Devil's Pulpit  Brian Semkiw Devil's Pulpit                             72 +1  
 T18 Brent Taylor Whistle Bear Golf Club Bob Irvine Meadows G&CC                           72 +1  
 T27 Herb Cowen Pike Lake G & CC Scott Coburn Pike Lake G & CC                             73 +2  
 T27 Gordon Henderson Public Player Joe Miszk Lookout Point Country Clu                    73 +2  
 T27 David Johnson Midland G & CC Mark Davidson Hawk Ridge G&CC                            73 +2  
 T27 Ronald Kerr Brampton GC Alan Kerr Brampton GC                                         73 +2  
 T27 Ross Macdonald Deer Ridge Golf Club George Stokes Deer Ridge Golf Club                73 +2  
 T27 Don McLean Greystone Golf Club David Stroud National Pines Golf Club                  73 +2  
 T27 Bernie Starchuk Burlington Golf & Country Michael Bondy Glencairn GC - L/S            73 +2  
 T27 Brad Stumpf Bowmanville Golf & Countr Rick Anderson Bowmanville Golf & Countr         73 +2  
 T27 Stephen White Peterborough G & CC Allen Chapman Lindsay Golf & Country Cl             73 +2  
 T36 Mark Brewer Whitevale GC Cam Hreljac Whitevale GC                                     74 +3  
 T36 William Dagneau Georgian Bay Club Danny Brown Georgian Bay Club                       74 +3  
 T36 Darin Dirk Sunningdale GC Dave Speir Sunningdale GC                                   74 +3  
 T36 Bill Hilton St. Andrew's East Golf Cl David Myers St. Andrew's East Golf Cl           74 +3  
 T36 Ryan Holmes Blue Springs Golf Club Michael Alderman Blue Springs Golf Club            74 +3  
 T36 Craig Jurden Whistle Bear Golf Club Blake Clemes Devil's Pulpit                       74 +3  
 T36 Barry Orser Oshawa Golf & Curling Mark Kalbfleisch Oshawa Golf & Curling              74 +3  
 T36 Len Timmerman Vespra Hills Golf Club Kent Osborne Vespra Hills Golf Club              74 +3  
 T36 Jeff Watson Brampton GC Gary Little Brampton GC                                       74 +3  
 T45 Patrick Carew Spring Lakes GC Peter Palframan Rocky Crest Golf Club                   75 +4  
 T45 Ian Gibson Port Colborne Golf & Coun Carl Nanni Meadowbrook Golf & Countr             75 +4  
 T45 Tim Lee Public Player Frank Morris Cutten Fields                                      75 +4  
 T45 Bruce McEwen Scarboro Golf & Country C Frank Mihalek Scarboro Golf & Country C        75 +4  
 T45 Ian Montgomery Weston G&CC Richard Lockwood Highland Country Club                     75 +4  
 T45 Frank Mortensen Lookout Point Country Clu Tony Ravenda Hunters Pointe GC              75 +4  
 T45 Peter Tobin Kingsville Golf & Country Mario Guertin Rattlesnake Point GC              75 +4  
 T45 John Usborne The National Golf Club of David Larkin Toronto Golf Club                 75 +4  
 T53 Steve Burch Barrie CC Don Johnson Galt Country Club                                   76 +5  
 T53 Wayne Fillmore St. Andrew's East Golf Cl Paul Maynard St. Andrew's East Golf Cl       76 +5  
 T53 Brammer Long Barrie CC Rob Garner                                                     76 +5  
 T53 John Lord Barrie CC Jay Pattison Barrie CC                                            76 +5  
 T53 Michael McGarragle Whitevale GC Barry Fairhurst Public Player                         76 +5  
 T53 Clint Ward Royal Ashburn Golf Club Terry Cowan Royal Ashburn Golf Club                76 +5  
 T59 Gary Kirk Public Player L.A. MacDonald Barrie CC                                      77 +6  
 T59 Steve Knoch OslerBrook G&CC Hugh Fallon OslerBrook G&CC                               77 +6  
 T59 John Murphy Barrie CC Doug McCann Heritage Hills GC                                   77 +6  
 62  Nick Digiandomenico Batteaux Creek GC Larry Karpowicz Public Player                   78 +7  
 63  John Mealia Bayview G&CC Michael Mealia Bayview G&CC                                  79 +8  
 64  Peter Mumford Public Player David Goodman The Summit G&CC                             82 +11 

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