In the long history of Cataraqui Golf & Country Club there have been too many great golfers to count. Twenty-two year-old Simon Reyers is making a case to be added to that list.
Last year the soon-to-be senior at the University of Detroit Mercy won the Eastern Ontario Championship presented by The Whig-Standard and in doing so matched the record score of 132 set by two-time Canadian Amateur Champion Warren Sye. Earlier this summer he won his third consecutive Club Championship in a one hole playoff, and on Saturday he blitzed the course in 133 (65-68) strokes over 36 holes to win yet another Eastern Ontario title.
Impressively the towering Reyers (he’s 6’5″) made birdies on his closing three holes on Saturday, even holing a bunker shot on the 17th, to surpass club-mate Drew Mayhew by three strokes.
“I just didn’t really make any mistakes,” said Reyers when asked what he did right during the win which came immediately after finishing the fourth and final round of the Canadian Amateur in Ottawa on Friday. “I made a couple putts and some good up and downs.”
Reyers said his grouping on the day in the 78 player field also helped. He was able top keep an eye on Mayhew (who he beat in the playoff for the Club Championship this year). “It was a pretty comfortable pairing. I knew Drew would be under par because he’s a solid player; that helps. I knew I’d have to play well.”
As for winning the historic tournament that was being played for the 72nd time Reyers was proud. “It means a lot to defend. Obviously it’s a great field, one of the best you’ll see. Personally it’s great to go low again and be able to have that momentum as I head back to school and the Fall season there.”
Ben Doornekamp and David Gaylord tied for 3rd place at 141.
5th place went to Peter Sauerbrei at 142.