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Pearson Takes Early Lead at Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur

Kemble, ON (GOLF ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO) – Strong winds off Georgian Bay didn’t discourage Kitchener’s Ron Pearson from delivering a two-under par 70 Tuesday in the opening round of the Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship hosted by Cobble Beach Golf Links near Owen Sound.

Ontario’s best amateur golfers age 25 and over had blustery conditions to contend with throughout the day, posing an additional challenge on the demanding Doug Carrick designed course. Pearson, a member at Deer Ridge Golf Club, laid down a bogey-free performance that saw him birdie the 16th and 17th holes to lead the field of 144 golfers by two strokes. The 48 year-old has delivered several top-10 finishes at the Ontario Mid-Amateur over the last decade.

Two-time champion (2007, 2010) Dave Bunker of Woodbridge carded an even-par 72, tying with 2011 runner-up Drew Symons of Woodstock. Bunker, who is a three-time Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master (age 40 and over) champion, delivered five birdies against three bogeys and a double on the 16th hole. Former Canadian Tour player Symons played his front nine at three-under before giving back strokes on the way into the clubhouse as the winds started to pick up after he made the turn.

Two golfers share fourth place; Darren Shaw of Stoney Creek, who delivered one of the day’s two eagles on the 547-yard 9th hole, and Drew Mayhew of Amherstview, a member at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. Both golfers closed out their rounds with identical one-over 73’s. Blind River resident Kevin Philipow sits alone in 6th place at 74, with many golfers in contention looking to move up the leaderboard in Wednesday’s second round.

Tee times for round two get under way at 7:30 am, with the field set to be cut to the low 60 players and ties at the conclusion of today’s play. The final day of competition will take place on Thursday, with the 2012 champion set to be crowned after 54 holes.

The Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is being played for the 20th time in 2012 and features Ontario’s best amateur golfers age 25 and over. Additionally contested this week is the Ontario Men’s Mid-Master (age 40 and over) title, and the event also serves as a qualifier for the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, set to take place September 4-7 at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, BC.

FULL RESULTS

1 Ron Pearson Kitchener, ON Deer Ridge Golf Club 36-34–70 -2

T2 Dave Bunker Woodbridge, ON Brampton GC 35-37–72 E

T2 Drew Symons Woodstock, ON Craigowan (Oxford) G&CC 33-39–72 E

T4 Darren Shaw Stoney Creek Public Player(GAO Member) 36-37–73 +1

T4 Drew Mayhew Amherstview, ON Cataraqui Golf & Country 37-36–73 +1

6 Kevin Philipow Blind River, ON Huron Pines Golf & Countr 32-42–74 +2

T7 Raymond Oh Richmond Hill, ON Meadowbrook Golf & Countr 37-38–75 +3

T7 Josh Hunke New Hamburg, ON Rebel Creek Golf Club 36-39–75 +3

T7 Charles Fitzsimmons north york, ontario Thornhill G&CC 38-37–75 +3

T7 Jonathan Dunlap Aurora, ON Coppinwood 39-36–75 +3

T7 Scott Sinclair Toronto, ON Islington GC 35-40–75 +3

12 Alex Morren Burlington, ON Glencairn Golf Club 39-37–76 +4

T13 Matthew Ross London, ON Tarandowah GC 37-40–77 +5

T13 Joey Chua Brampton, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 40-37–77 +5

T13 Robert Gribbons North Bay, ON North Bay G & CC 38-39–77 +5

T13 Peter Willis Toronto, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 37-40–77 +5

T13 Rick Robinson Orangeville, ON Devil’s Pulpit Golf Assoc 35-42–77 +5

T13 Chris Frook Kemble, ON Legacy Ridge GC 37-40–77 +5

T13 Brad Wadsworth Whitby, ON Oshawa Golf & Curling 38-39–77 +5

T13 Paul Gortnar Mississauga Glencairn Golf Club 39-38–77 +5

T13 Rob Cowan Wellesley, ON Westmount G & CC 41-36–77 +5

T13 Ryan Delisle Hamilton, ON Beverly Golf & Country Cl 38-39–77 +5

T13 Derek McGrath Cambridge, ON Galt Country Club 39-38–77 +5

T24 John Simpson Whitby, ON Oshawa Golf & Curling 40-38–78 +6

T24 Jamie Robertson North York, ON Rosedale Golf Club 38-40–78 +6

T24 Ben Snaidero Burlington, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 39-39–78 +6

T24 David Wodar Burlington Glen Abbey Golf Club 38-40–78 +6

T24 Kelly Roberts London, Ontario London Hunt and CC 38-40–78 +6

T24 Marc Savard Bridgenorth, ON Kawartha G&CC 40-38–78 +6

T24 Shaun Hayes Oshawa, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 41-37–78 +6

T24 Adam Auger London, ON West Haven G & CC 39-39–78 +6

T24 Justin Fluit Toronto, ON Briars Golf Club 37-41–78 +6

T24 Mark Elgner Toronto, ON St. George’s Golf & Count 40-38–78 +6

T24 Matthew MacKay Toronto, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 36-42–78 +6

T24 Peter McCarthy Toronto, ON Rosedale Golf Club 40-38–78 +6

T24 Bill Hutcheson Aurora, ON The National Golf Club of 36-42–78 +6

T24 Larry Cooper Oakville, ON Mississaugua 37-41–78 +6

T24 Steve Irving Owen Sound, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 39-39–78 +6

T39 Tyler Smith Tara, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 41-38–79 +7

T39 Andy Holba Collingwood Blue Mountain G & CC 39-40–79 +7

T39 Adrian Cochrane Toronto, ON Greenhills Golf Club 39-40–79 +7

T39 Tom Cochrane Toronto, ON Parry Sound Golf & Countr 37-42–79 +7

T39 Robert O’Hagan Paris, ON Whistle Bear Golf Club 43-36–79 +7

T39 Jay Jewett Sudbury, ON Timberwolf Golf Club 38-41–79 +7

T39 Jay Campbell London, ON The Oaks GC 39-40–79 +7

T39 Matthew Sim Oakville, ON Mississaugua 40-39–79 +7

T39 Dan Keogh Toronto, ON The National Golf Club of 39-40–79 +7

T48 Wesley Stewart Windsor, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 39-41–80 +8

T48 Stephen Raitt Ancaster, ON Hamilton Golf & Country C 38-42–80 +8

T48 Bob Fell Orillia, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 39-41–80 +8

T48 Jay Gagnon Binbrook, ON Lookout Point Country Clu 38-42–80 +8

T48 Peter Mcgoey Toronto, ON Donalda Club 37-43–80 +8

T48 Graham Card Aurora King Valley Golf Club 44-36–80 +8

T48 Tim Southcott Milton, ON Glencairn Golf Club 40-40–80 +8

T48 Kevin Dore Dundas, ON Dundas Valley Golf & Curl 38-42–80 +8

T48 Jimmy Latta St. Clements, ON Whistle Bear Golf Club 39-41–80 +8

T48 Zach Faulds London, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 39-41–80 +8

T48 Kevin Duda Markham, ON Whitevale GC 40-40–80 +8

T48 John Sagi Kitchener, ON Deer Ridge Golf Club 40-40–80 +8

T48 Allan Stanley Windsor, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 40-40–80 +8

T48 Robert Barger Cambridge Public Player(GAO Member) 41-39–80 +8

T48 John Murphy Orillia, ON Barrie CC 40-40–80 +8

T48 Andrew Gallo Thornhill, ON Thornhill G&CC 37-43–80 +8

T48 Brad McConnell Whitby, ON Lakeridge Links Golf Club 37-43–80 +8

T48 Dave Speir London, ON Sunningdale GC 38-42–80 +8

T66 Mike Kray Oakville, ON St. Catharines Golf & Cou 38-43–81 +9

T66 Michael Fegan Cambridge, ON Whistle Bear Golf Club 40-41–81 +9

T66 Daniel Legros Bowmanville, ON Dalewood GC 44-37–81 +9

T66 Rick Dodds-Hebron Brampton, ON Brampton GC 36-45–81 +9

T66 Matthew Hopper London, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 39-42–81 +9

T66 Bruno Ardito Mississauga, ON Brampton GC 40-41–81 +9

T66 Jordan Crampton London, ON Sunningdale GC 39-42–81 +9

T66 Jud Whiteside Thornhill, ON Thornhill G&CC 41-40–81 +9

T66 Brett Saunders Thornhill, ON The Club at Bond Head – S 39-42–81 +9

T66 T.J. Rule Toronto, ON Scarboro Golf & Country C 39-42–81 +9

T76 Marc St-Germain Toronto, ON Cedar Brae G & CC 40-42–82 +10

T76 Matthew Ion Young Burlington, ON Hamilton Golf & Country C 40-42–82 +10

T76 Tom Nowak Rockwood, ON Blue Springs Golf Club 40-42–82 +10

T76 Doug McNeil Newmarket Public Player(GAO Member) 38-44–82 +10

T76 John MacBain Toronto, ON Donalda Club 42-40–82 +10

T76 David Hemstad Toronto, ON The Summit G&CC 43-39–82 +10

T76 Andrew Trumper Woodstock, ON Craigowan (Oxford) G&CC 39-43–82 +10

T76 Richard Lennox Mount Hope, ON Hamilton Golf & Country C 38-44–82 +10 T76 Ryan Mcinerney London, ON The Oaks GC 43-39–82 +10

T85 Michael Alderman Georgetown, ON Blue Springs Golf Club 38-45–83 +11

T85 Gordon Dunn Hamilton, ON Twenty Valley Golf & Coun 44-39–83 +11

T85 Shawn Kaufman Walkerton, ON Bucks Crossing GC 40-43–83 +11

T85 Peter Naumovski Hornby, ON Brampton GC 46-37–83 +11

T85 Charlie Burke New Hamburg, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 42-41–83 +11

T85 Jamie Peden Midland, ON Midland G & CC 41-42–83 +11

T85 Gary Young Mississauga, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 42-41–83 +11

T85 Jason Best La Salle, ON Essex G & CC 43-40–83 +11

T85 Tim Hasenack Barrie, Ontario Barrie CC 39-44–83 +11

T85 Justin Lesansky Lasalle, ON Essex G & CC 41-42–83 +11

T85 James Martinello Windsor, ON Pointe West GC 42-41–83 +11

T96 Mike Butson Barrie, ON Barrie CC 40-44–84 +12

T96 John Pate Guelph Cutten Fields 38-46–84 +12

T96 Jeff Lessif Tillsonburg, ON Bridges at Tillsonburg 44-40–84 +12

T96 Phil Perry Toronto Public Player(GAO Member) 39-45–84 +12

T96 John Lanthier Oakville, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 43-41–84 +12

T96 Jake Gerolamy Peterborough, ON Kawartha G&CC 39-45–84 +12

T96 Ian Penney Binbrook, ON Lookout Point Country Clu 40-44–84 +12

T96 John Crowther London, ON Highland Country Club 45-39–84 +12

T96 Michael Jackson Collingwood, ON Georgian Bay Club 39-45–84 +12

T96 Kevin Johnstone Burlington, ON Glencairn Golf Club 42-42–84 +12

T96 Bernie Bodogh ST. CATHARINES St. Catharines Golf & Cou 41-43–84 +12

T107 Michael Roe Orillia Public Player(GAO Member) 40-45–85 +13

T107 Michael Hunt Oakville, ON Caledon Woods GC 40-45–85 +13

T107 Blaine Fredrickson Etobicoke, ON Islington GC 41-44–85 +13

T107 Jean-Henri Lavoie Brampton, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 40-45–85 +13

T107 Ian Gibson Toronto, ON Meadowbrook Golf & Countr 43-42–85 +13

T107 Robert Gibson Toronto, ON Cedar Brae G & CC 43-42–85 +13

T107 Chris Seney Newmarket, ON Meadowbrook Golf & Countr 44-41–85 +13

T107 Jay Chambers St. Thomas, ON Westminster Trails Golf C 44-41–85 +13

T107 Bill Lipsett Beamsville Twenty Valley Golf & Coun 40-45–85 +13

T116 Jim Maron Richmond Hill, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 41-45–86 +14

T116 Dave Moulson Mississauga, ON Credit Valley Golf & Coun 42-44–86 +14

T116 Colin Wilson Dundas, ON Hamilton Golf & Country C 46-40–86 +14

T116 Michael Horrocks Etobicoke, ON Lambton Golf & Country Cl 44-42–86 +14

T116 Pete McMenemy Waterloo, ON Deer Ridge Golf Club 39-47–86 +14

T116 Arnold Johnson Brampton Public Player(GAO Member) 42-44–86 +14

T116 Michael Zizek Mississauga, ON York Downs Golf & Country 43-43–86 +14

T116 David Brisson Brantford, ON Coppinwood 40-46–86 +14

T124 Peter MacKinnon Chatham, ON Maple City Country Club 46-41–87 +15

T124 Dominic Marchesano Hamilton, ON Wildfire GC 47-40–87 +15

T124 Kurt Wilson Collingwood, ON Blue Mountain G & CC 44-43–87 +15

T124 Joel Rose Toronto, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 41-46–87 +15

T124 Jeff Agnew Richmond Hill, ON Cherry Downs G&CC 39-48–87 +15

T124 Bruce Frick Sudbury, ON Idylwylde Golf & Country 42-45–87 +15

T124 Sean Adamson Odessa, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 41-46–87 +15

T124 Ty McMillan Toronto, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 44-43–87 +15

132 Tim Mccullough London, ON London Hunt and CC 46-42–88 +16

T133 Wayne Lauzon Windsor, ON Sutton Creek Golf & Count 43-46–89 +17

T133 Neil Boddington Shanty Bay, ON Barrie CC 45-44–89 +17

T133 Chris Willis Toronto, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 45-44–89 +17

T133 Darwyne Lang Toronto, ON Donalda Club 44-45–89 +17

T133 Tim VanDolder Collingwood, ON Cobble Beach Golf Links 47-42–89 +17

138 Jonathon Grant London, ON Fanshawe Golf & Country C 44-46–90 +18

139 Jason Balan Toronto, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 48-44–92 +20

T140 Christopher Dunn London, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 50-43–93 +21

T140 James Gregg Kitchener, ON Deer Ridge Golf Club 42-51–93 +21

142 Steve Nixon Barrie, ON Barrie CC 47-47–94 +22

143 Steve Mercer Plainfield, ON Public Player(GAO Member) 46-50–96 +24