Greg Eason Prevails In Return of The Ontario Open

Mike Kelly, Executive of Golf Ontario, with 2019 Ontario Open champion Greg Eason (Photo: Golf Ontario)

Tottenham, ON — After two days of competitive play, the third and final round of the 96th Ontario Open finally got underway on August 29th. Cool and cloudy skies welcomed the players as they arrived at Woodington Lake Golf Club in hopes of finishing the tournament strong, and leaving a champion.

Entering the day, the crowds focus was on Gregory Eason (Kissimmee, FL) as he kicked off his round with a total score of -4, six strokes ahead of the trio in second. Viewers flocked the first tee as he took to the track in pursuit of his first championship of the year. Following his momentum from the third round, Eason maintained composure and made sure to have another solid start to his round. With an overnight lead of six strokes, it was clear he was playing the safe game. Finishing the front nine at even-par, the 27-year old kept to his game plan and made sure not to make any mistakes, letting the game come to him. The strategy was working, but Eason would eventually find himself with some pressure on the back nine.

Branson Ferrier (Barrie, ON) caught some heat through the later stages of his front nine. Sitting only two strokes behind Eason after 10, it looked like things we’re going to be a lot tighter than some had assumed. Eason continued the steady play however, never letting Ferrier take the lead. Fending off the surge, Eason would then retaliate with a few birdies of his own on 15 and 16, locking the top spot up for good. Heading down the 18th fairway, fans began to crowd around the green.

“It was such an amazing moment,” said Eason. “Luckily I had my caddie to calm me down, because such a crowd can cause one to get nervous. There was quite a few people about to see me finish my round, which is always delighting.”

Eason would tap in the final putt to the roars from the crowd, as they cheered on the newest Ontario Open champion.

When asked about his round today and how feels now that he’s officially a champion, Eason couldn’t hide the smile on his face.

“I’m ecstatic. I haven’t won much as a pro so far, so this is huge for me. I had a few great rounds that I hope I can continue to produce in later tournaments, but at this very moment I’m just going to appreciate this while I can. This is special.”

Eason would finish the tournament with a total score of -5, and a champion.

As for Ferrier, he would finish in second place with a total score of -3. Despite the impressive push during today’s round (-5 through 18), it wasn’t enough to catch up to Eason’s large lead heading into the finals. Nevertheless, that doesn’t undermine Ferrier’s final round play. The Barrie resident showcased some spectacular talent and resilience over the course of the tournament, and will continue to find success in future tournaments with that kind of play.

Trailing behind the two leaders in third was Russell Budd (Toronto, ON) with a total score of +2. Budd also had an impressive final round of -2 to move up four places on the leaderboard for the third place medal.

As for the amateur portion of the tournament, it was Thomas Giroux (Georgetown, ON) and Sudarshan Yellamaraju (Mississauga, ON) who came out of on top with total scores of +7 after three rounds.

The Ontario Open has officially come to a close with a new champion, and with many more to come in the near future.

For final results and information on the tournament, visit the official tournament page HERE

For photos from the tournament, CLICK HERE

Leaderboard

POS PLAYERTOTALTHRUTODAYR1R2R3STROKES 
1Gregory Eason  Kissimmee, FL-5F-1726670208
2Branson Ferrier  Barrie, ON-3F-5727266210
3 4Russell Budd  Toronto, ON+2F-2737369215
T4 2Jake McNulty  Oshawa, ON+3F+1756972216
T4 2Blair Bursey  Gander, NL+3F+1717372216
T6 15David Byrne  Essex, ON+5F-2787169218
T6 8Riley Wheeldon  Richmond, BC+5F-1737570218
8 19Drew Nesbitt  Oro Medonte, ON+6F-2767469219
T9 30Chase Komaromi  Delaware, ON+7F-3777568220
T9 5Daniel Kim  North York, ON+7F+1787072220
T9 2Brett Cairns  Courtland, ON+7F+3737374220
T9 2Sudarshan Yellamaraju (a)  Mississauga, ON+7F+3727474220
T9 2Thomas Giroux (a)  Georgetown, ON+7F+3727474220
14 13Victor Ciesielski  Cambridge, ON+8FE787271221
T15 20Jakob Montemurro  Hamilton, ON+9FE797271222
T15 12Lucas Kim  Toronto, ON+9F+1757572222
T15 12Josh Whalen  Napanee, ON+9F+1767472222
T15 8Marc Casullo  Aurora, ON+9F+5737376222
T15 13Thomas DeMarco  LaSalle, ON+9F+7756978222
T20 7Austin James  Bath, ON+10F+2717973223
T20 1Dave Bunker (a)  Brampton, ON+10F+3747574223
T20 1Chris Wilson  Toronto, ON+10F+3757474223
T20 6Reggie Millage  Milton, ON+10F+4767275223
T20 6Colin MacGregor  Hamilton, ON+10F+4737575223
T20 8Shyamal Nagindas  Aurora, ON+10F+5717676223
T26 13Eric Banks  Truro, NS+11F+1757772224
T26 13Charles Fitzsimmons (a)  London, ON+11F+1747872224
T26 9Thomas Code (a)  Dorchester, ON+11F+2777473224
T26 20James Seymour  Aurora, ON+11F+8727379224
T30 15Derek Gillespie  Oshawa, ON+12F+1757872225
T30 15Luke Bigelow (a)  Sharon, ON+12F+1728172225
T30 5Taewoo Kim  Toronto, ON+12F+3777474225
T30 5Jacob Lehman  Guelph, ON+12F+3787374225
T30 18Matthew Scobie  Oshawa, ON+12F+7707778225
T30 16Maxwell Sear  Unionville, ON+12F+6767277225
T36 19Brian Churchill-Smith  Oakville, ON+13FE767971226
T36 19Michael von Schalburg (a)  King City, ON+13FE738271226
T36 9Mitch Sutton  London, ON+13F+5747676226
T36 22Chris Hemmerich  Kitchener, ON+13F+7737578226
T40 5Sebastian Szirmak  Toronto, ON+14F+3747974227
T40 13Stephen Gonko  Sudbury, ON+14F+6787277227
T40 13Luke Moser  Waterloo, ON+14F+6747677227
T40 19Sang hwa Lee  Markham, ON+14F+7737678227
T44 1Danny King  Milton, ON+15F+4787575228
T44 23Noah Campbell (a)  Pickering, ON+15F+8737679228
T46 5Michael Ikejiani (a)  Minesing, ON+16F+4738175229
T46 7Nicholas Ross  Dundas, ON+16F+6767677229
T48 7Rok Cho  North York, ON+17F+4787775230
T48 3Charles Wang  Beijing, –+17F+5777776230
T48 3Patrick Newcomb  Benton, KY+17F+6767777230
T48 9Keaton Veillette  Toronto, ON+17F+7807278230
T48 27Mark Hoffman  Thornhill, ON+17F+10737681230
T48 34Marc Lefebvre  London, ON+17F+11767282230
T54 1James Skrypec  Kitchener, ON+18F+5777876231
T54 1Stephane Dubois  Brantford, ON+18F+5777876231
56 5Terry O’Brien  Barrie, ON+19F+7757978232
57 2Yuqi Liu (a)  Vaughan, ON+20F+7817478233
58 19Sameer Kalia  Campbellville+24F+14777585237
T59 4Cory Racioppo  Thornhill, ON+25F+12758083238
T59 8John Maley  Sudbury, ON+25F+13767884238
61 16Alexander Zappio  Tecumseh, ON+26F+15728186239