Fourth place in provincial Mid-Amateur goes to Stoney Creek golfer

TORONTO – Stoney Creek’s Darren Shaw shot a final round 73 to finish in a two-way tie for fourth in the Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at the Rosedale Golf & Country Club.

With identical 72s in the first two rounds, the 37-year-old Shaw, who plays out of King’s Forest Golf Club, finished the three-day tournament at 217, four over par. Rosedale member Peter McCarthy took the championship. He started Thursday’s final round two strokes off the lead. McCarthy was the leader after the first day of play. The Rosedale member of 22 years shot a one under par 70 in the final round to finish as the only player under par, by one, for the tournament.

“I have played in a bunch of provincial championship, but never won,” said McCarthy. “To win it at my home club, with all the support of my family and friends, made it even more special.”

Bill Hutcheson of Richmond Hill matched McCarthy’s low round of the day to finish even par for the championship and alone in second place. Barry Fairhurst of Whitby was third. Mike Mealia of Richmond Hill was tied with Shaw five strokes off the leader.

The Golf Association of Ontario tournament is an invitation-only event for men 25 years and older.

The Ontario Mid-Amateur team of the top two players from the entire field plus the top two players 40 years of age and older – McCarthy, Hutcheson, Fairhurst and Mealia – will represent the province at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship at the Pinegrove Golf Club in St Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, August 21-25.