Southern Ontario Open Announced

Top professional and amateur golfers from Ontario will have a new tournament option starting late this summer.

The Great Lakes Tour announced today that they will conduct a new event, the Southern Ontario Open.

The 54-hole stroke play event will take place on August 30-September 1, 2012 at the Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington, Ontario.

Organizers say the purse will be $75,000.

The field for the tournament is set to cap at 156 players, all of whom must have a valid Ontario Health Card and/or Drivers License.

“For several years now, it seems we have been missing an event that brings together the best pros, amateurs, juniors and seniors in the province.  The Southern Ontario Open falling at the end of the summer will have the feel of an overall championship and a true open champion will be crowned.  A $75,000 purse should also get some attention,” said Rick Sovereign, PGA of Canada member and SOO Tournament Committee Member.

Southern Ontario Open Eligibility:

Open to male professionals and male amateurs with a handicap factor of 8.4 or less.   All participates must have valid Ontario Health Card / or Drivers License

Professional exemption categories:

2012 Canadian Tour Members (must have valid Ontario Health Card / or Drivers License)

2012 Top 50 Order of Merit Great Lakes Tour as of August 1st, 2012

2012 Top 30 OPGA Money List as of August 1st, 2012

OPGA members qualifying on both money lists will be considered exempt from OPGA money list.

Amateur exemption categories:

2012 GAO Ontario Amateur championship “Winner”

2012 GAO Ontario Mid Amateur championship “Winner”

2012 GAO Ontario Match Play Championship “Winner”

2012 GAO Champion of Champions “Winner”

2012 Toronto Star Amateur Championship “Winner”

2012 Golf Town National Amateur Series (Ontario championship flight order of merit point leader as of August 1st, 2012)

2012 Golf Town National Amateur Series (Ontario mid amateur flight order of merit point leader as of August 1st, 2012)

2012 GTA Amateur tour championship flight order of merit point leader as of August 1st, 2012

Staying true to an Open Championship Format, there will be a Monday Qualifier with a minimum of 52 Spots up for grabs, Monday, August 20th, 2012 at Hidden Lake, New Course out of the 156 player field.  The Low 26 Professionals, and  the Low 26 Amateur will gain entry into the esteemed Championship through this Monday Qualifier.

For more information on the Championship visit the official web site: www.southernontarioopen.ca