Lo­cal golfers miss shot at the Open

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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.

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