Dundas golfers Christopher Ross and Mackenzie Hughes advanced to the quarter finals of the Golf Association of Ontario’s Match Play Championships before bowing out.
Ross, 19, who plays out of the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, had his run at the title stopped by eventual tournament winner Jimmy Latta of Elmira. The tournament was played from June 6-9 at the Rocky Crest Golf Club in Muskoka.
Ross, the No. 1 ranked amateur, struggled with his short game down the stretch in his quarter-final game and couldn’t make up and downs when needed. A match that went back and forth all day, Ross found himself 2 down after 15 holes thanks in part to some great iron shots by Latta. Ross won the 16th hole after two shots in the hazard by Latta, and found some life only one down entering the tough par 3, at the 17th. Struggling with the short game all day, Ross was unable to get up and down leaving the door open for Latta who dropped a three- footer for par for the win.
Hughes, only 15 years old, and playing out of the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club, served notice that golfers can expect to see him in the winner’s circle anytime soon. And not to be outdone was his quarter-final victor, Daniel Kim of Toronto, another promising 15-year-old. They played back and forth golf until Kim prevailed on the 18th hole to defeat Hughes 1-up.
Also making it to the quarters was Robbie Greenwell, 19, of Georgetown and who plays out of the North Halton G&CC.
There was no shortage of Hamilton area representation at the four-day showdown:
Andrew Ross, 23, and brother of Christopher, playing out of the HG&CC, lost his opening round; Christopher Dunn, 20, a public course player from Hamilton, lost his opening round; Matther Ion Young, 28, from Burlington and playing out of the HG&CC, lost his second round match; Jim McNeil, 51, from Beamsville, and a Twenty Valley G&CC member, lost in the opening round; Nathan Hendriks, 21, Carlisle, from the DVG&CC, made it to the third round before he was eliminated; Matt Graham, 19, a Lowbanks resident playing out of the Port Colborne G&CC, was an opening round victim; Kevin Bryce, 21, of Oakville and Credit Valley G&CC player, won his first two games before exiting; Donald Bryson, 21, Brantford, and a Station Creek Golf Club player, lost in the first round; Victor Ciesielski, 21, Cambridge, and a Galt Country Club member, was a second-round victim; Adam McCauley, 19, from Oakville, a public course player, made it to the third round; and Ryan Putnam, 17, of Georgetown and playing out of the North Halton club, was a first round victim.