Hamilton ties for third at Junior Spring Classic Boys’ event

Uxbridge, ON – After 54 holes of competition, John Boncoddo of Brantford topped the field on Monday (May 21) to capture the 2012 Investors Group Junior Spring Classic championship title at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge.

The 16-year-old clinched the lead in Sunday’s second round and managed to hold off the rest of the field through to the conclusion of play on Monday evening. The Brantford Golf and Country Club member edged out first round leader and runner-up Osama Khan of Mississauga by a single stroke to earn his first Golf Association of Ontario provincial championship title.

“I played really solidly this weekend and didn’t make too many mistakes,” said Boncoddo, acknowledging that it came down to a nail-biting conclusion with Khan close at his heels. “I was nervous (coming down the stretch), I bogeyed 15 and 16, and Osama made birdie on 16 so he cut it down to one stroke there.”

Despite his jitters coming back to the clubhouse, he made par on Wooden Sticks’ island green 17th, then hit a driver down the centre of the fairway on the closing hole of the tournament, carding another par to finish the day with a two-over 74. He finished with a total score of 216 (70-72-74, E), and a confidence boost as he prepares for a busy competitive season.

“I never really expected this, but I’m relieved I got my first win under my belt and hopefully I’ll have many more in the future,” said Boncoddo, who also earned the Juvenile (16 and under) title. “This should jump start me into a good year.”

Khan, a member of Team Ontario, also closed out his third round with a 74, for a total score of 217 (68-75-74, +1) and runner-up honours. The GAO Public Player will now head to Loyalist Country Club in Bath next weekend for the CN Future Links Ontario championship.

Two golfers tied for third place; Team Canada Development squad member Blair Hamilton of Burlington (73-74-71) and London resident Brett McIntosh (69-76-73). Both players closed out the event with total scores of 218, two-over par.

Sean Bozuk of Burlington finished 11th (72-76-74- 222, +6); Nicholas Ross of Dundas was 15th (75-79-70-224, +8); tied at 24th were Milton’s James Reitzel (78-76-76-230) and Hamilton’s Luke Atack (76-75-79-230 +14); tied at 41st was Welland’s Hanish Nagrani (83 78 80 241 +25); Oakville’s Kyle MacDonald tied at 44th (87-78-78- 243 +27); and Burlington’s Gregg Goddard (85-82-77-244 +28) was 47th.

In the Juvenile (16 and under) division, Nagrani tied for 11th, while MacDonald was 13th and Goddard was 14th.

The Investors Group Junior Spring Classic Boys’ Championship is a 54 hole stroke play competition contested annually over the Victoria Day long weekend. The field of competitors gained entry to the competition through a qualifying process earlier in the season.