Michael Jackson won the Ontario Seniors Men’s Amateur Championship last year and he is off to a great start in his title defense. The Collingwood, Ontario resident opened with a score of three under par, 69, on Tuesday at the Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario, just west of Kingston.
Jackson had a bogey-free card on day one of the Championship sponsored by the Investors Group, leading the way in a field of players aged 55 and over. Jackson, a member of The Georgian Bay Club, posted birdies on the tricky 6th, and on two par five holes, the 7th and the 12th.
The course is playing 6337 yards this week for the players and despite some heavy rain on the opening day, the course appears top be holding up well, especially when it comes to green speed.
Credit Valley Golf and Country Club member and senior division rookie Dan Bates of Mississauga sits in second place after marking a two-under par 70 consisting of three birdies and a single bogey. Three golfers share third place after carding identical even-par 72’s; Don Positano of Toronto, Sandy Billyard of Ridgeville, and Dennis Gordon of Bolton, while Ian Dinning of Mississauga, Jim Morton of London, and local resident Chris Hawkins of Kingston share sixth place at one-over par.
Second round action got under way at 7:30 am on Wednesday, with the field set to be cut to the low 60 golfers and ties at the conclusion of 36 holes. The 2011 champion will be crowned on Thursday afternoon at the conclusion of the final round.