August Championship Headlines (Season In Review)
An extremely busy August is featured next in our 2021 Season in Review, containing the Ontario Junior Girls, the Ontario Senior Women’s, the Ontario Men’s Amateur, the Ontario Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur, the Ontario Juvenile and Bantam, and the Ontario Peewee Championship.
Ontario Senior Women’s Championship
Spring Lakes Golf Club (North Course)
August 3rd to 5th
The Ontario Senior Women’s Championship, presented by Durham Artificial Grass from Spring Lakes Golf Club (North Course), was played under pristine conditions. The temperature quickly rose and so did the play of leader Judith Kyrinis, who claimed the 2021 title by a whopping 14 strokes.
The now four-time Ontario Senior Women’s Champion, Kyrinis (The Thornhill Club), fired a tournament best 4-under (67) including 4 birdies and no bogeys. 2020 Champion Terrill Samuel (Weston G&CC) finished second after a 3-over (74) to claim silver, while third was taken by Marion Reid (Islington GC) with a 7-over (78).
Awards for the 2021 Ontario Senior Women’s Championship were also presented through both a Championship flight and an “A” flight. The Championship flight saw awards for the Overall Champion, as well as a champion aged 60 years and older. In the “A” flight, there was both a gross and net champion.
Samuel claimed first place in the 60 years and older category. Cindy Wegg (Rockway Vineyards) clinched first in the Stroke Play Gross – A Flight category, while Lolly Gillen (Bayview G&CC) took home first in the Stroke Play Net division.
About The Ontario Senior Women’s Championship
The inaugural Ontario Senior Women’s Championship was conducted in 1962 and since then has been contested annually featuring the province’s best female amateurs age 50 and over.
The event has had several notable past champions including World, Canadian, and Ontario Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit, who captured the title six times. Also, Canadian and Ontario Golf Hall of Famer Gayle Borthwick, picked up the trophy six times. Recent winners include Ivy Steinberg (2008 and 2009), Terrill Samuel (2011), as well as Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Mary Ann Hayward (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2019), and 2017 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Champion Judith Kyrinis (2016, 2017, 2018. 2021).
Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship
Brockville Country Club
August 2nd to 5th
Players battled warm temperatures to be crowned the 2021 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Champion from Brockville Country Club. Following round three, the leaderboard was tight with just eleven girls sitting within a ten-stroke difference. In the final round, the leader groups pulled away from the pack to present a true champion.
Firing her lowest round and the only under-par score of the tournament was the newly crowned Ontario Junior Girls’ Champion, Peyton Costabile (Whistle Bear). Costabile defeated the challenging Stanley Thompson design, to finish the championship with a one-under round and 296 total. Claiming the silver medal three-strokes back was Vanessa Borovilos (Weston G&CC), after a round of 76. The bronze medalist, Chaewon Baek (BC Public Player), would fire a total thirteen-over on the championship.
About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship
First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers age 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition. The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have gone on to have successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).
Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship
Beach Grove Golf and Country Club
August 10th to13th
Following an eventful 54-holes of golf over the course of four days, the crown was passed down and the 99th Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship has been awarded to Thomas Giroux. The championship hosted by Beach Grove Golf and Country Club experienced water accumulation during round two, causing the tournament to be shortened to a 54-hole championship.
After a tie in regular play in pursuit of the title, Nicholas Hofland (Hamilton G&CC) and Thomas Giroux (The Club at North Halton) endured a sudden-death playoff on eighteen. Both eight-under following the final round, Hofland and Giroux would head back to the tips, with Giroux coming out as the victor. Hofland would claim the silver medal after a low round of 66 and a total score of 205. The bronze medalist, Cam Kellett (St. Thomas G&CC), would fire a total six-under on the championship to leave him three strokes off Giroux.
About the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship
The Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Featuring the best amateur golfers in the province, it is arguably the most prestigious event in the country. Many players have kickstarted their journey to professional golf through the event.
Since the inaugural event, the Ontario Amateur has enjoyed an illustrious history of great champions including highly decorated amateur golfer and NHL referee Garrett Rank (2018), 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan. Cowan holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).
Ontario Women’s Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championship
Pointe West Golf Club
August 16th to19th
Players battled the Thomas McBroom designed course as we witnessed competitors rise and fall on the leaderboard throughout the week. In the thrilling final round of the 2021 Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship at Pointe West Golf Club, the course record was broken and a 106th Ontario Women’s Amateur Champion was awarded.
Shooting a low round of 69 and a total of 280 on the championship to complete the 72-holes of competitive play, Jasmine Ly (Public Player) emerged as the newly crowned 106th Ontario Women’s Amateur Champion. The Windsor native is a 2018 Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Champion, 2019 Ontario Junior Girls’ Spring Classic Champion, plays NCAA golf at the Northern Illinois University, and qualified for the second consecutive year for the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
In second place position taking home the silver medal is Monet Chun (Summit G&CC), who had a stellar round of eight birdies to grant her the honour of a new Pointe West course record of 64. Chun is a sophomore at the University of Michigan and is only the second athlete on the women’s golf team to earn conference honours, which hasn’t been accomplished in 25 years. The bronze medalist position was earned by former Team Ontario teammates, Nicole Gal (Oakville GC) and Bo Brown (Blue Springs GC). Gal is a Team Canada National Junior Squad member and is the 66th Canadian Junior Girls Champion. Brown will be attending the University of British Columbia on a scholarship this fall, to pursue a Bachelor of Kinesiology and play on the Thunderbirds Women’s Golf team.
The 2021 Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship portion concluded with Terrill Samuel (Weston G&CC) capturing the 2021 crown.
Firing a 75 to leave her two strokes ahead, Samuel secures her fourth Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Having won the title in 1991, 2000, and 2010, Samuel also holds the 1991 and 2004 Women’s Amateur and 2011 and 2020 Senior Women’s Championship titles. In second place with the silver medal after her lowest round of the championship, is 2021 Ontario Senior Women’s Champion, Judith Kyrinis (The Thornhill Club). Defending champion, Nonie Marler (Marine Drive GC), tried to make a run for the title as well with a low round of 74 to leave her in the bronze medalist position.
About the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship
First played in 1989, the Ontario Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to female golfers aged 25 and over. In honour of her outstanding accomplishments at the Mid-Amateur level in Ontario, the trophy is rightfully named after 14-time champion Mary Ann Hayward. The event is contested annually in a 54-hole competition. Other notable past champions of the event include 2012 Canadian Senior Women’s Champion Terrill Samuel (1991, 2000 and 2010), Casey Ward (2015) and Golf Ontario Hall of Fame members Gayle Borthwick Hitchens (1992, 1993), and Judith Kyrinis (2017).
Ontario Juvenile (U17) and Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championships
Roseland Golf and Curling Club
August 23rd to 25th
The competition was hot in the final round of the Team Goran Ontario Juvenile (U17) and Bantam (U15) Boys’ and Girls’ Championship, presented by St. Clair College. Four champions were crowned at Roseland Golf and Curling Club, as players battled a tight leaderboard in the race to claim the Juvenile and Bantam titles.
Maintaining the lead through the entire championship, Joline Truong (Trafalgar G&CC) completed the tournament with a seven-under to take home the 2021 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship title. With low rounds of 68, 71, and 70 for an excellent three-day total of 209, Truong’s name will join the Sandra Post trophy with past winners Alena Sharp, Lindsay Knowlton, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, and Grace St-Germain. Silver medalist, Lindsay McGrath (Rattlesnake Point GC), finished four-under after shooting the girls’ low round of the day with a stellar 66. Carlee Meilleur (Loyalist G&CC) and Emma Hansen (Blue Springs GC) will take home the bronze medal with a tournament total of 219.
Team Ontario athlete, Owen Kim (Blue Springs GC), secured the 2021 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship title after a lights-out 65 round and a total of thirteen-under (203). Kim will join the likes of Gary Cowan and Johnny Travale inscribed on the Mike Weir trophy. Taking home the silver medal was Isaiah Ellis (Lookout Point CC), who shot his lowest round of the championship with a 68, to give him a grand total of 209. An abundance of T3 players finished in the bronze medalist position, with a total of 212. The five players winning bronze were Jordan Hwang (Emerald Hills G&CC), Zachary Smith (Brampton GC), Isaiah Ibit (Greyhawk GC), Matthew Javier (Scarboro G&CC), and Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club).
For the Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship, Lindsay McGrath (Rattlesnake Point GC) was awarded the 2021 title after her best championship round of golf to date. After round two, McGrath found herself in a tie for first with Carlee Meilleur (Loyalist G&CC), who would take home the silver medal seven-strokes behind. The bronze medalist went to Alex Ouellet, who held close to second-place, finishing just two-strokes back.
Matthew Javier (Scarboro G&CC) was crowned the Bantam (U15) Boys’ Champion after sinking a birdie putt against Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club), following three playoff holes. Smith and Jordan Hwang (Emerald Hills G&CC) will share the silver medalist position. Hwang competed in two playoff holes after an out-of-bounds ball on eighteen landed him a double bogey. Javier’s name will be added to the James H. Peacock trophy.
About the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ and Girls’ Championships
The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship is a 54-hole competition that features the province’s best junior golfers under the age of 17, competing for the Mike Weir trophy. Notable past champions include Josh Whalen, Brandon Ng, Tim McCutcheon, Peter R. Knechtel, Bob Panasiuk, and Gary Cowan.
The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship features the province’s best junior golfers under the age of 17, competing for the Sandra Post trophy. Past champions of the event include Sandra Post, Jessica Shepley, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, and Rebecca Lee-Bentham.
About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship
First contested in 1929, the Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship is a 36-hole competition featuring the top Bantam (U15) male golfers from across the province, competing for the James H. Peacock trophy. Past Champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bob Panasiuk (1955) and Kelly Roberts (1966), as well as Team Canada National Amateur Squad member Johnny Travale (2015).
About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship
First contested in 2003, the Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship is a 36-hole competition featuring the top Bantam (U15) female golfers from across the province, competing for the Cathy Sherk Trophy. Notable past champions include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James, and Chloe Currie.
Ontario Peewee (U13) Boys’ and Girls’ Championship
Sawmill Golf Course
August 30th to 31st
Emerging as the 7th annual Ontario Peewee Champions following two stellar rounds of golf, were Shauna Liu (Station Creek GC) and Andy Dai (Station Creek GC).
Holding off the pack with rounds of 69 and 67, Liu maintained the lead to claim the Peewee (U13) Girls’ title. Liu’s two-stroke lead in the final round gave her a championship total of six-under (136), following ten birdies over the two days of competition. Taking home silver medals in a tie for second at four-under was Alexis Card (Galt Country Club) and Celina Yeo (Public Player). The 2021 Drive, Chip and Putt Champion, Alexis Card, shot a whopping seven birdies in today’s round to give her the low round of the championship at 65. Yeo also had an excellent round, firing her lowest round of 67.
Over on the Peewee (U13) Boys’ side, Dai held strong to claim the crown with a five-under total. Dai’s two-stroke lead came from rounds of 70 and 67, for a low championship total of 137. Runner-up to claim the silver medal, was Manav Bharani (Brampton GC Ltd.), who shot an excellent 66 to end his championship with three-under. Vasili Gianakas (The National GC of Canada) came out of the four-way tie for third in yesterday’s round, to secure the bronze medallist position with a total of 141 over 36-holes.
About the Ontario Peewee Championship
The Ontario Peewee (U13) Championship made its debut in 2015. The tournament is open to boys and girls’ who are 12 and under on August 1st.
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