Ontario Senior Men’s Championships Decided at the Marshes

Golf Ontario Senior Champions Brian Jeffery (70+) & Christopher Kertsos (SR)
Golf Ontario Senior Champions Brian Jeffery (70+) & Christopher Kertsos (SR)
Golf Ontario Senior Champions Brian Jeffery (70+) & Christopher Kertsos (SR)

After two days of stifling heat, a cold front moved down the Ottawa Valley just in time for those players making the cut at the Golf Ontario Provincial Senior’s Championship at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa.

The competition in the final group on Saturday was friendly and the shot-making superb except for a few errors by each player. You just knew it was going to be a good day when Christopher Kertsos (York Downs Golf & Country Club), Randy Blondin (The Marshes) and Rick Valin (Deer Ridge Golf Club) all dropped birdie putts on the first hole of the day.

Christopher would go on to win the Ontario Senior Championship with 4 birdies on the opening nine holes for a 32. While he faltered on the 14th hole off the tee and a double bogie as well as a bogie on the final hole, he was still able to win by four strokes over Randy Blondin and six over Robert Gibson from Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club who was playing in the penultimate group. Rick Valin gave it a wonderful effort but a bogie on 17 and a double on 18 cost him a spot on the Provincial Team by one stroke.

All in all it was a great day for golf with gentle breezes swirling around all day. A solid test for golfers, many indicated that they would be returning to give the Robert Trent Jones Sr. design another chance.

Mr. Kertsos has had a good year so far after earlier winning the Provincial Senior Men’s Champion of Champions and is looking forward to the Canadian Senior’s Championship at the Grand Niagara Golf Club in Niagara Falls, Ontario from September 6 – 9.

When asked about his win and the season thus far, Mr. Kertsos replied – “This one feels great! It has been a special season. I’ve played well these last three days and I hit the ball really well. If I had putted well, then who knows what I could have shot. I didn’t know how I would feel today, if I would be nervous or calm but I turned out to be pretty calm and just focused on not making any mistakes. I think I only made one during the entire round.”

He also commented on the varying conditions throughout the week – “I didn’t let the conditions affect me. I just played the wind, played my shots and stuck to my game plan. I hit my driver and irons really well all week which helped.”

Finishing 2nd overall was local golfer Randy Blondin and if his putter had been hot, who knows how things would have turned out.

In the 70+ Division, Collingwood’s Brian Jeffery from the Batteaux Creek Golf Club finished in first place by 2 strokes over Greensmere Golf & Country Club’s Lyle Alexander.

When asked about his win, Mr. Jeffery responded – “The golf course is in really good shape after you learn how to play it. I had a few holes out there where you scratch your head until you figure out what’s going on. I enjoyed the golf course. It was fun.” It should be noted that Mr. Jeffery has won the Senior Championship three times and also the over 60’s.

“The tournament was fantastic and I enjoyed myself immensely”, said Lyle Alexander on his runner-up win in the Super Senior Division. “There are a few shots I’d like to have back but the organization was wonderful. The volunteers and officials did a great job. They were so helpful and so pleasant. The golf course was also in great shape with challenging greens.”

Kudos to all the staff and volunteers at The Marshes along with the team of OVGA Officials, Starters and Scorers who assisted in every aspect of the Golf Ontario Provincial Senior’s Championship at The Marshes.

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Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Christopher Kertsos  York Downs Golf & Country -1 F -2 71 72 71 214
2 Randy Blondin  The Marshes GC +1 F +2 71 74 73 218
3 Robert Gibson  Cedar Brae G & CC +2 F +4 72 74 74 220
4 Rick Valin  Deer Ridge Golf Club +3 F +5 75 71 75 221
T5 Joe Miszk  Lookout Point Country Clu +1 F +8 74 77 73 224
T5 Barry Fairhurst  Whitevale GC +2 F +8 79 71 74 224
T5 Nick Digiandomenico  Batteaux Creek GC +4 F +8 71 77 76 224
T8 Jim Briggs  Peninsula Lakes GC -3 F +9 72 84 69 225
T8 Dan Gagliardi  Chippewa Creek Golf & Cou +2 F +9 77 74 74 225
T8 John Husband  Burlington Golf & Country +2 F +9 72 79 74 225
T8 Larry Cooper  Mississaugua +3 F +9 72 78 75 225
T8 Lars Melander  Hidden Lake GC – New +5 F +9 74 74 77 225
T13 Warren Sye  Weston G&CC -1 F +10 80 75 71 226
T13 David Greenaway  Barrie CC E F +10 74 80 72 226
15 Dan O Donoghue  Kawartha G&CC +8 F +12 75 73 80 228
T16 Rick Cody  The Club at North Halton +5 F +13 79 73 77 229
T16 Brian Jeffery  Batteaux Creek GC +5 F +13 80 72 77 229
T16 Bill Hilton  St. Andrew’s East Golf Cl +6 F +13 73 78 78 229
T16 Rob Myhill  The GC at Lora Bay +7 F +13 74 76 79 229
T16 Douglas Alexander  London Hunt and CC +9 F +13 68 80 81 229
T21 Tom Hossfeld  Hylands Golf Club +5 F +14 75 78 77 230
T21 Wayne Fillmore  St. Andrew’s East Golf Cl +5 F +14 76 77 77 230
T21 Brad Walsh  West Haven G & CC +6 F +14 76 76 78 230
T24 Lyle Alexander  Greensmere G&CC +4 F +15 77 78 76 231
T24 Jim Gaiger  Markland Wood GC +6 F +15 75 78 78 231
T24 John Hunt  Public Player +7 F +15 75 77 79 231
T24 Robert Chaperon  Public Player +7 F +15 74 78 79 231
T28 Tim Southcott  Glencairn GC – L/S +5 F +16 78 77 77 232
T28 John Mealia  Bayview G&CC +6 F +16 77 77 78 232
T28 Michael Mealia  Bayview G&CC +7 F +16 71 82 79 232
T28 Tim Young  Shelburne G & CC +7 F +16 74 79 79 232
T32 Brian Bowman  St. Thomas Golf & Country +4 F +17 80 77 76 233
T32 Sandy Kalle  Essex G & CC +7 F +17 79 75 79 233
T32 Rick Dodds-Hebron  Brampton GC +12 F +17 73 76 84 233
T35 Gerard McAnulty  Sarnia G&CC +4 F +18 79 79 76 234
T35 Philip Killeen  Highland Country Club +5 F +18 79 78 77 234
T35 Scott Purdy  Public Player +6 F +18 73 83 78 234
T35 Greg Hotham  Barrie CC +6 F +18 78 78 78 234
T35 Bruce Marshall  St. Thomas Golf & Country +7 F +18 77 78 79 234
T35 Wally Keating  Sunningdale GC +9 F +18 74 79 81 234
T35 Stephen Brodie  St. Thomas Golf & Country +10 F +18 78 74 82 234
T35 Mike Soucie  Twenty Valley Golf & Coun +12 F +18 75 75 84 234
T35 Michael Jackson  Georgian Bay Club +12 F +18 75 75 84 234
T44 Dan Partland  The National Golf Club of +5 F +19 77 81 77 235
T44 Aart Van Veld  National Pines Golf Club +5 F +19 74 84 77 235
T44 Michael McGarragle  Whitevale GC +5 F +19 77 81 77 235
T44 Richard Lockwood  Highland Country Club +6 F +19 77 80 78 235
T44 Robert O’Hagan  Paris Grand CC +8 F +19 81 74 80 235
T49 Mark Ruzycki  Hamilton G & CC +6 F +20 74 84 78 236
T49 John Murphy  Barrie CC +7 F +20 77 80 79 236
T49 Michael Pogor  Hidden Lake GC +8 F +20 78 78 80 236
T52 Gordon Henderson  Public Player +8 F +21 82 75 80 237
T52 David Ross  Public Player +8 F +21 77 80 80 237
T52 John Brown  Midland G & CC +9 F +21 80 76 81 237
T52 Bob Masukawa  St. Andrew’s East Golf Cl +10 F +21 78 77 82 237
T56 Bill Simmons  Flamborough Hills Golf Cl +8 F +22 79 79 80 238
T56 Michael Kelly  Pakenham Highlands GC +9 F +22 74 83 81 238
T56 Ian Dinning  Credit Valley Golf & Coun +9 F +22 82 75 81 238
T56 Guy Larente  Whistle Bear Golf Club +13 F +22 76 77 85 238
T60 Michael Bondy  Glencairn GC – L/S +9 F +23 79 79 81 239
T60 Frank Morris  Cutten Fields +10 F +23 78 79 82 239
T60 Bernie Starchuk  Burlington Golf & Country +16 F +23 69 82 88 239
63 Guy Kohlmeier  Sarnia G&CC +14 F +24 74 80 86 240
T64 L.A. MacDonald  Barrie CC +12 F +25 79 78 84 241
T64 Ronald Kerr  Brampton GC +13 F +25 74 82 85 241
66 Doug Piett  Lookout Point Country Clu +15 F +27 80 76 87 243
67 Rick St Denis  Public Player +17 F +31 72 86 89 247