Sims settles for third in champ of champs event

Oakville resident Matthew Sims fired a one-under 71 on Wednesday (May 23) to finish third in the Ontario Men’s Champion of Champions tournament at Beach Grove Golf and Country Club in Windsor.

Woodstock resident Drew Symons fired a six-under 66 to earn the Champion of Champions title in the field of men’s club champions from across the province by three strokes. Symons, a former Canadian Tour player and member of the Craigowan (Oxford) Golf and Country Club, beat Coppinwood men’s club champion Curtis Lahey of Whitby who carded a three-under par 69.

Symons will now prepare for the upcoming Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur, an event he lost in a four-hole playoff in 2011. The championship is set to take place June 12-14 at Cobble Beach Golf Links in Owen Sound.

Sims, who plays out of the Mississauga Golf and Country Club, was tied with Bayview Golf and Country Club member Patrick Forbes of Toronto.

Brett Wilkinson of Dundas and Dundas Valley G&CC, took 10th place with a two-over 74. Beverly G&CC member Ryan Delisie of Hamilton was 18th with a four-over 76 and Greg Buckley of Oakville and the Wyldewood G&CC shot an eight-over 80 for the 30th spot. Burlington’s David Wodar of the Glen Abbey GC placed 50th with a 15-over 87.

The Ontario Men’s Champion of Champions event is contested annually. This was its 58th time and notable former champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Warren Sye, Stu Hamilton, and Gerry Kesselring, as well as Big Break Indian Wells champion David Byrne.