The Great Lakes Tour Announces Ontario Open Qualifying Series

Mike Kelly, Executive of Golf Ontario, with 2019 Ontario Open champion Greg Eason (Photo: Golf Ontario)

Written By: Garry McKay

Hamilton – The Great Lakes Tour is thrilled to announce an exciting new series that will give players on the GLT an enhanced route to play in the Ontario Open Golf Championship, a stop on the PGA TOUR Canada.

The Ontario Open Qualifying Series will include six multi-day events on the GLT where players will accrue points. At the conclusion of the series the top two players will receive exemptions into this year’s Ontario Open, July 28-31 at Woodington Lake Golf Club. Players who finish third through fifth in the OOQSeries will have their entry fee paid into the Ontario Open Monday qualifying.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be associated with one of Canada’s oldest golf championships,” said Jim Kenesky, co-owner of the Great Lakes Tour.

“Ontario Open tournament director Craig Loughry and the ownership group at Woodington Lake have been wonderful to work with on this project. Having this Series travel across Ontario will not only help build up the Ontario Open but it will showcase our great players and the wonderful golf in our province.”

The OOQSeries is open to professional and amateur members playing the Great Lakes Tour.

Loughry said the Ontario Open team are looking forward to the new partnership with the Great Lakes Tour.

“This provides more opportunity for more players to access the Ontario Open through Great Lakes Tour events from across Southern Ontario,” he said. “The Ontario Open Qualifying Series will be exciting to follow as each event takes place.

“We are proud to bring these unique opportunities to earn spots into the Ontario Open to Great Lakes Tour players.

THE SIX EVENTS IN 2022

DateEventFacilityHoles
May 5-6, 2022GLT Spring OpenWoodington Lake GC36
May 19-20, 2022GLT Ancaster ChallengeMystic GC36
June 7-8, 2022GLT Waterloo ChampionshipGrey Silo GC36
June 16-17, 2022GLT Belleville OpenTrillium Wood GC36
July 7-8, 2022GLT Niagara OpenNiagara National G&C36
July 14-16, 2022Southern Ontario OpenPort Dover GC54

BREAKDOWN OF EXEMPTIONS TO OOQSERIES STANDINGS

  1. Exemption – Ontario Open Golf Championship (July 28-31, 2022)
  2. Exemption – Ontario Open Golf Championship (July 28-31, 2022)
  3. PAID – Entry Fee to Ontario Open Monday Qualifier (July 25, 2022)
  4. PAID – Entry Fee to Ontario Open Monday Qualifier (July 25, 2022)
  5. PAID – Entry Fee to Ontario Open Monday Qualifier (July 25, 2022)

THE ONTARIO OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

The Ontario Open has a storied history dating back to 1923, making this Championship one of the oldest Championships in the world. Past champions of this event reads like a who’s who of Canadian and International golf, and includes the immortal Sam Snead, Canadian golfing legends George Knudson and Moe Norman, as well as seven-time champion Nick Weslock.

PAST CHAMPIONS OF THE ONTARIO OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP INCLUDE

  • Sam Snead
  • Moe Norman
  • Murray Tucker
  • Gary Cowan
  • Nick Westlock
  • George Knudson
  • Jerry Anderson

For more information and view standings please visit www.ooqseries.golfgenius.com

For more information about the Ontario Open please visit www.theontarioopen.ca

For more information about the Great Lakes Tour please visit www.greatlakestour.com

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