SCARBOROUGH— The Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Championship is set to take to the course at Cedar Brae Golf Club, July 25-27, for the first time in the tournament’s 82-year history.
The three-round 54-hole event is set to see 149 of the best senior men’s golfers, age 55 and older, compete for the provincial title. Players qualified for the championship through one of seven qualifiers held in June and July.
“Cedar Brae Golf Club considers hosting the Ontario Senior Men’s Championship a privilege and an honour. This tournament has roots going back to 1936 and we felt that it was important to be part of its history,” explained Martin Piché, General Manager / COO at Cedar Brae.
The format will see two days of competition before the field is cut to the lowest 60 scores, including ties for the final round. In addition to the main championship, the top 65 and over player will win the 65+ division. An additional 17 players are playing exclusively for the 70+ Division title.
“Hosting this championship encouraged the completion of our ongoing golf course improvements, which will challenge the competitors with the best possible conditions that our membership will enjoy for years to come. The members and staff of Cedar Brae are proud to be the host of the 2017 Ontario Senior Men’s Championship and look forward to a great competition!” Added Piché.
This year’s field boasts an impressive line up of players who have already found success on the provincial level. There are four past champions that are set to tee it up again this year. The list includes: defending champion Pickering’s Christopher Kertsos, Oakville’s Larry Cooper, three-time champion Collingwood’s Michael Jackson and three-time champion Collingwood’s Brian Jeffery (70+ Division).
Also in the field are a handful of Ontario Senior Men’s Champion of Champions winners. That group includes: Burlington’s Mike Fernie, Whitby’s Barry Fairhurst, Bolton’s Dan Partland, New Hamburg’s George Stoke (70+ Division), Jackson and Kertsos.
With numerous players all knowing what it takes to capture provincial gold, it should be interesting to see who is atop the leaderboard at the end of the tournament. The action gets underway on July 25 at 7:30 a.m. and as always, spectators are invited to take in the action free of charge, at Cedar Brae Golf Club. For more information, including pairings and leaderboards (updated once play is underway) visit the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao17/event/gao175/index.htm
About the Investors Group Senior Men’s Championship
The Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Championship is contested annually and features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers age 55 and older. 2017 marks the 82nd playing of the event, and notable past champions include: Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton and Nick Weslock, Herb Carnegie, Ed Ervasti, and Michael Jackson.