Local golfers miss shot at the Open
It was a disappointing day for local golfers looking to earn a spot in the Canadian Open.
Ohsweken’s Jesse Smith was three strokes shy of a championship berth in Monday’s final qualifier at Richmond Hill’s DiamondBack Golf Club. His even finish was tops, however, among area players.
Trailing Smith was Burlington’s Michael Gligic and Hamilton’s Elliott Whitley, who both finished at two-over, while Stoney Creek’s Darren Shaw ended the day at three-over. Brantford’s John Boncoddo, Hamilton’s Colin MacGregor, Ancaster’s Joshua Montgomery and Dundas’s Chris Ross were also among the 63 finishers.
Four players, including Listowel’s Corey Conners did manage to make the cut. The Canadian Open gets underway Thursday at Oakville’s Glen Abbey Golf Club. American Joey Garber, Aussie Cameron Percy led the field at fiveunder. England-born Ben Taylor and Connors won in a playoff which eliminated Kitchener’s Chris Hemmerich. The qualifier originally scheduled to be played in Ancaster was moved to DiamondBack because of irrigation issues at Heron Point Golf Links.
Last year, Brantford’s David Hearn finished third at the Open, won by Jason Day, currently the No. 1 player in the world.