Five-time Ontario Amateur champion Warren Sye of Mississauga earned his first provincial title in the senior ranks on Friday, capturing the Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Amateur championship at Midland Golf and Country Club.
Sye, a member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame with two Canadian Amateur Championship titles under his belt, came out on top at the rain-shortened event after the third round was cancelled due to inclement weather. Despite an attempt to get the full field through the final 18 holes on Friday, the event had to be called and the second round results became final.
Weston Golf and Country Club member Sye was happy to be playing on the senior competitive circuit with some familiar faces this week.
The 56-year old delivered a solid two-under par 68 in Wednesday’s opening round, which he followed up with a two-over 72 on Thursday to finish at even par and earn the title by a four stroke margin. He managed to get through ten holes in the third round before the flooded greens ended the competition.
Ridgeville resident Sandy Billyard improved on his eighth place finish in 2011 by earning runner-up honours, closing out the competition with a total score of 144 (74-70), four-over par. The Hunters Point Golf Course member picked up the silver medals and earned a berth on the Ontario inter-provincial team where he will represent the province alongside Sye at the Canadian Senior Men’s championship set to take place at Le Griffon des Sources in Mirabel, QC on August 28-31.
Joining Sye and Billyard at the national championship is 2010 Ontario Senior runner-up Alisdair Cayley of Burlington, who finished in third place this week at six-over par with a two day total of 146 (75-71). Cayley also earned the trophy in the men’s 60 and over division, while Reg Finlayson of Georgetown earned the men’s super senior (age 70 and over) title.
Scores for other area players included Oakville’s Lars Melander (78, 74), and Hamilton’s Dominic Marchesano (75, 77), tied for 17th; Welland’s Robert Goss (77, 76), tied for 27th; Georgetown’s Reg Finlayson (77, 77), tied for 29th; Ancaster’s Tim Lee (79, 78); Burlington’s Chris Ingram (77, 80), and Vineland Station’s Desmond Brady (73, 84), tied for 47th; and Oakville’s Larry Cooper (82, 76), tied for 53rd.
The Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Championship is contested annually and features Ontario’s best male amateur golfers age 55 and older. This was the 77th playing of the event, and notable past champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton and Nick Weslock, Herb Carnegie, and Ed Ervasti.