The Golf Association of Ontario’s championship season got underway Thursday with Toronto residents Jay Goldenberg and Luke Leibel capturing the Ontario Men’s Better-Ball championship on their home turf at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Downsview, Ontario.
The duo, who are currently the Oakdale club champion and runner-up, fired a seven-under par 65 to capture their first provincial title.
“It just made sense for Luke and I to team up for this event,” said Goldenberg, who has played out of Oakdale for the last four years. “We really just gelled out there today and it all came together.”
The win had special meaning for the team and for the Club’s members, as 2010 marks the 50th playing of the Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship at Oakdale. Founded in 1959 by Oakdale members Marvin (Bud) Rothschild and Eddie Creed, the win in 2010 brings the trophy back to Oakdale for the first time since 1996.
2008 champions and current National Development Team members Albin Choi of Toronto and Richard Jung of North York tied for second place alongside Listowel resident Corey Conners and Richmond Hill’s Taylor Pendrith. Both teams delivered a five-under par 67 to share the silver medals.
The Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship has been played for 50 years at Oakdale Golf and Country Club and continues to draw some of the best talent in Ontario year after year. Past champions include Gary Cowan, Nick Weslock, and 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir, who won the event in 1988 alongside current caddy and friend Brennan Little.