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Golf Ontario – TORONTO — It was a dramatic finish to the Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, on June 23 at Lambton Golf & Country Club. After 54-holes, a champion was yet to be crowned. First and second round leader, Ryan Kings, and Matthew Sim were all tied at two-over and needed a playoff to determine a winner. On the first playoff hole, it was Sim who brought the crowd surrounding the 18th green, to their feet by sinking a nearly 20-foot birdie putt to capture the title.

Heading into the day, Sim, from Oakville and the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club, sat in a tie for fourth at three-over for the championship. The 29-year-old got off to a great start with birdies on the fifth, sixth, and seventh holes and was two-under at the turn. He continued to lower his score on the back nine with three more birdies on 10, 12 and 14 and was four-under for the day, one-under for the tournament, with three holes to go. However, after a bogey on 16, he found the trees on 17 leading to a double bogey. He pared the 18th but was watching the final group to see where he would finish.

The final group included Kitchener’s Kings and Brooklin’s Ashley Chinner, who began the round in first and second place respectively. Kings, a Deer Ridge Golf Club member, started the day with a four-shot lead but gave it back as he finished six-over on the front nine. He would get one back with a birdie on 11, but still found himself tied for the lead at two-over heading to the 18th. On 18, Kings drained a lengthy par putt to force the playoff with Sim. Kings managed to par the playoff hole but there was nothing he could do except watch as Sim sank the winner for the title. Sim finished the tournament at two-over (75-72-71-218), Kings went (69-72-77-218).

After the win, Sim talked about how he felt during the week. “Coming into the week I felt great and things just came together for me. I struggled a bit down the stretch but I held it together. Today my putting was my strong point, I definitely made some key putts.”

The most key putt for Sim came on the playoff hole. He remembers what he was thinking as he starred down the shot for the win. “It was a double breaker over a slope and I thought it was going to straighten out. It got about two feet from the hole and I could see it going right in the middle. I couldn’t believe it when it dropped. It still hasn’t sunk in yet. This win feels fantastic, it is above everything else by a long shot!”

As for Chinner, a member of Coppinwood Golf Club, he too had a chance to join the playoff for the title. However, it all came down to 18 where he settled for a bogey dropping him to a share of the bronze medal. Chinner finished the tournament at three-over (71-74-74-219) and won the Mid-Masters Championship.

He shared the bronze medal with North York’s Charles Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons, from Thornhill Golf & Country Club, began the day in a tie for seventh at four-over. He finished the round at one-under to end the tournament at three-over (73-75-71-219).

Fitzsimmons and Chinner played off for the third Team Ontario spot for the team competition at the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Aug 23 – 26 at Golf Château-Bromont in Bromont, Quebec. Fitzsimmons claimed the spot in the second playoff hole.

Golf Ontario would like to thank Lambton Golf & Country Club along with their staff and volunteers for hosting the event. Thanks also to the Golf Ontario volunteers and to title sponsor Investors Group for their continued support of golf in the province.

For full tournament information, including the final leaderboard, see the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao16/event/gao163/index.htm

Investors Group Ontario Mid-Amateur Championship

ABOUT THE INVESTORS GROUP ONTARIO MEN’S MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship is a 54-hole competition featuring Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through one of eight qualifying tournaments or through an exemption. Competitors age 40 and over also compete for the Ontario Men’s Mid-Master division trophy. Contested annually since 1993, past champions of the event include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton and Kelly Roberts, Dave Bunker, Graham Hill, Drew Symons and Garrett Rank.

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 getting the game of golf into our school systems, to keeping the Ontario golf community aware of all relevant issues and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to making golf better for everyone in Ontario. We share a love and passion for golf, while preserving its past, fostering its future, and championing golf’s best interests for everyone who enjoys the sport.

For more information, please contact:

Darren Matte, Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Golf Ontario

905-852-1101 ext. 234

 

 

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Results for contest Mid-Am Overall Standings:
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 1    Matthew Sim           75-72-71--218 +2  
 2    Ryan Kings            69-72-77--218 +2  
 3    Charles Fitzsimmons   73-75-71--219 +3  
 4    Ashley Chinner        71-74-74--219 +3  
 5    Jay Jewett            72-76-73--221 +5  
 6    Brandon McGregor      72-74-75--221 +5  
 7    Philip Arci           72-75-74--221 +5  
 8    Alex Dumais           74-75-72--221 +5  
 9    Matthew Ion Young     77-71-73--221 +5  
 10   Kevin Fawcett         75-76-71--222 +6  
 11   Wesley Stewart        76-74-72--222 +6  
 12   Marc St-Germain       79-72-71--222 +6  
 13   Darren Shaw           72-75-75--222 +6  
 14   Peter Willis          72-78-73--223 +7  
 15   Ryan Mcinerney        70-78-75--223 +7  
 16   Jordan Crampton       76-76-71--223 +7  
 17   Simon McInnis         76-76-71--223 +7  
 18   Gary Young            76-76-72--224 +8  
 19   Brett Mitchell        76-74-74--224 +8  
 20   Josh Hunke            78-75-71--224 +8  
 21   Dean Henry            78-75-72--225 +9  
 22   Andre Aymar           76-76-73--225 +9  
 23   Jeff Crowe            78-77-70--225 +9  
 24   Dave Bunker           73-77-75--225 +9  
 25   Drew Symons           76-74-75--225 +9  
 26   Christian McCullough  76-79-71--226 +10 
 27   Drew Mayhew           75-78-73--226 +10 
 28   Mike Kray             78-76-72--226 +10 
 29   Craig Sinclair        79-74-73--226 +10 
 30   Simon Reyers          74-77-75--226 +10 
 31   Craig Watkins         76-78-72--226 +10 
 32   Rob Cowan             77-74-75--226 +10 
 33   Arjun Walia           75-79-73--227 +11 
 34   Sean Stubbs           78-73-76--227 +11 
 35   James Lowe            78-77-73--228 +12 
 36   Paul Gortnar          76-78-74--228 +12 
 37   Derek McGrath         78-74-76--228 +12 
 38   Mark Elgner           75-79-74--228 +12 
 39   Michael Rutgers       76-76-76--228 +12 
 40   James Krantz          75-76-78--229 +13 
 41   Chris Feenstra        80-72-77--229 +13 
 42   Mark Sommerfeld       78-73-78--229 +13 
 43   John Harrington       80-75-75--230 +14 
 44   Jesse Maytham         76-78-77--231 +15 
 45   Joey Amelia           78-78-75--231 +15 
 46   Brett Saunders        79-76-76--231 +15 
 47   Tim Southcott         81-76-75--232 +16 
 48   Curtis Hartley        77-80-75--232 +16 
 49   Matthew Sloan         79-78-76--233 +17 
 50   Dan Kavanagh          74-82-77--233 +17 
 51   Paul Ridyard          77-79-78--234 +18 
 52   Alec Kerr             83-74-77--234 +18 
 53   Michael Farrugia      75-78-81--234 +18 
 54   Mike Clarke           81-76-77--234 +18 
 55   Robert Gibson         81-76-77--234 +18 
 56   Marc Dumoulin         79-77-79--235 +19 
 57   David Wodar           74-77-84--235 +19 
 58   Larry Cooper          79-77-80--236 +20 
 59   Nic Mazze             83-74-81--238 +22 
 60   Steven Argyris        75-82-82--239 +23 
 61   Michael Fiorini       78-79-82--239 +23 
 62   Jonathan Dunlap       85-71-84--240 +24 
 63   Phil Reddon           79-77-87--243 +27 
 64   Jared Docking         78-79-86--243 +27 

DID NOT FINISH

 MC   Scott Benzoni         83-75-0--158 +14  
 MC   Brad Wadsworth        78-80-0--158 +14  
 MC   Rick Valin            80-78-0--158 +14  
 MC   Steve Fredericks      78-80-0--158 +14  
 MC   Rick Robinson         82-77-0--159 +15  
 MC   Brad Walsh            83-76-0--159 +15  
 MC   Trent Shapcott        79-80-0--159 +15  
 MC   Dan Keogh             79-80-0--159 +15  
 MC   Peter McCarthy        77-83-0--160 +16  
 MC   Derek Dalziel         79-81-0--160 +16  
 MC   Trevor Low            78-83-0--161 +17  
 MC   Arnold Johnson        79-82-0--161 +17  
 MC   Tom Nowak             82-79-0--161 +17  
 MC   Chad Post             83-78-0--161 +17  
 MC   Don Bryson            79-82-0--161 +17  
 MC   Mike Ferreira         81-80-0--161 +17  
 MC   Brad Stumpf           81-81-0--162 +18  
 MC   Ranga Sugathapala     82-80-0--162 +18  
 MC   Tim Caine             84-78-0--162 +18  
 MC   Jay Gagnon            86-77-0--163 +19  
 MC   Dan Bates             84-79-0--163 +19  
 MC   Robert Sterling       86-77-0--163 +19  
 MC   Phil Perry            86-77-0--163 +19  
 MC   Bradley Cann          78-85-0--163 +19  
 MC   Wayne Lauzon          81-83-0--164 +20  
 MC   Michael Alderman      82-82-0--164 +20  
 MC   Bryan Sonnenberg      82-82-0--164 +20  
 MC   Paul Winter           84-80-0--164 +20  
 MC   Mike Woodhouse        83-81-0--164 +20  
 MC   Scott Hepburn         80-84-0--164 +20  
 MC   Ricky Allen           78-86-0--164 +20  
 MC   Bill Lipsett          81-83-0--164 +20  
 MC   Bryan Francis         85-80-0--165 +21  
 MC   Jade Maxwell          86-79-0--165 +21  
 MC   Christian Rutherford  83-82-0--165 +21  
 MC   Scott Rutgers         80-85-0--165 +21  
 MC   Ryan Jeffrey          82-84-0--166 +22  
 MC   Mike Soucie           82-84-0--166 +22  
 MC   Scott Eagles          87-79-0--166 +22  
 MC   David Gamble          81-85-0--166 +22  
 MC   Douglas Keene         81-85-0--166 +22  
 MC   Brett Wilkinson       81-85-0--166 +22  
 MC   Drew Dempster         86-80-0--166 +22  
 MC   William Deley         79-88-0--167 +23  
 MC   Gerry Greenwood       88-79-0--167 +23  
 MC   Dave Groskopf         88-79-0--167 +23  
 MC   Tim Hasenack          80-87-0--167 +23  
 MC   Luke McGoey           82-86-0--168 +24  
 MC   Matthew Robson        89-79-0--168 +24  
 MC   Jordan Klein          86-82-0--168 +24  
 MC   Greg Colling          93-75-0--168 +24  
 MC   Ian Lindsay           86-83-0--169 +25  
 MC   Dave Mills            83-86-0--169 +25  
 MC   Jason Wellings        78-91-0--169 +25  
 MC   Adam Bouchard         85-85-0--170 +26  
 MC   Alan Sandercock       83-87-0--170 +26  
 MC   Don Cumming           86-84-0--170 +26  
 MC   Chris Wilson          87-84-0--171 +27  
 MC   John Lanthier         81-90-0--171 +27  
 MC   Mike Ward             87-84-0--171 +27  
 MC   Kevin Johnstone       85-86-0--171 +27  
 MC   Aaron Pape            81-91-0--172 +28  
 MC   Michael Jackson       89-83-0--172 +28  
 MC   Howard Glassman       91-82-0--173 +29  
 MC   Rob Green             90-83-0--173 +29  
 MC   Eric Velanoff         85-88-0--173 +29  
 MC   Blaine Fredrickson    89-85-0--174 +30  
 MC   Tim Lee               86-88-0--174 +30  
 MC   Ryan Whitelaw         89-86-0--175 +31  
 MC   Matthew Oldershaw     85-90-0--175 +31  
 MC   Josh Hunt             80-95-0--175 +31  
 MC   Jordan Waldman        84-91-0--175 +31  
 MC   James Lloyd           87-89-0--176 +32  
 MC   Robert O'Hagan        89-87-0--176 +32  
 MC   Cameron Leitch        87-90-0--177 +33  
 MC   Erik Bradley          85-97-0--182 +38  
 WD   Jeff Agnew            14-0-0--14 +2     
 WD   Geoffrey McLeod       76-0-0--76 +4     
 WD   Andrew Tomchuk        84-0-0--84 +12    
 DQ   Cam Hreljac           84-0-0--84 +12    
 JWD  Paul Paterson                           
 JWD  Gordon Reinholdt