Sims tops local golfers a tourney

Kemble, ON – A number of area golfers are still in the running heading into the final round of the Investors Group Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship hosted by Cobble Beach Golf Links near Owen Sound. Oakville’s Matthew Sims found himself in a tie for sixth place after rounds of 79 and 71 for a six over par 150.

Woodbridge resident Dave Bunker carded a three-under par 69 to take a three- stroke lead on Wednesday (June 13). The Brampton Golf Club member moved into first place with his tournament-low round that saw him card six birdies against a trio of bogeys to top the field of Ontario’s best amateur golfers age 25 and over. Bunker, a three-time Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master champion, is looking for his third provincial Mid-Amateur title after hoisting the trophy in 2007 and 2010. He added the 69 to his opening round 72 for a total score of 141, three-under par.

Second place belongs to former Canadian Tour player Drew Symons of Woodstock, who delivered a pair of 72s to sit three strokes back at even par. Symons is gunning for his first title after a four-hole playoff loss last year to 2011 champion Graham Hill. The Craig wan Golf and Country Club member, who recently earned the Ontario Men’s Champion of Champions title, has 18 hole to make up for lost ground.

North York resident Charles Fitzsimmons delivered a two-under 70 on the day to move into third place, adding to yesterday’s 75 for a total score of 145, one-over par.

At the conclusion of Wednesday’s round, the remaining field of 131 golfers was cut to the low 60 players, with the cut falling at 159.

Local players still in the hunt, in addition to Sims, include Oakville’s Mike Cray, playing out of the St. Catharine’s Golf and Country Club, who was in a seven-way tie for 22nd spot after rounds of 81-73 for a 154 total.

Other scores included: tied at 29th were Burlington’s Alex Moran, 76-79-155, and Milton’s Tim Southcott, 80-75-155; tied at 32nd were Stony Creek’s Darren Shaw, 73-83- 156, and Oakville’s Larry Cooper, 78-78-156;

In 37th position were Binbrook’s Ian Penney, 78-79 -157, and Dundas’ Kevin Dore, 80-77-157; tied at 44th was Hamilton’s Ryan Delisle, 77-81-158; tied at 48th was Burlington’s Ben Snaider, 78-81- 159; with Binbrook’s Jay Gagnon, 80-79–159 +15

Failing to make the cut were: Burlington’s Mathew Ion Young, Beamsville’s Bill Lipsett; St. Catharines Bernie Bodogh; Georgetown’s Michael Alderman, Burlington’s David Wodar, Ancaster’s Stephen Rait, Burlington’s Kevin Johnstone, Hamilton’s Dominic Marchesano, Dundas’ Colin Wilson, Oakville’s John Lanthier, Hamilton’s Gordon Dunn, and Oakville’s Michael Hunt.