Byles captures Men’s Champion of Champions title

gaoLakefield, ON – Two Oakville players and one from Hamilton topped a field of Golden Horseshoe players who tackled the Wildfire Golf Club where the Golf Association of Ontario’s Men’s Champion of Champions title was determined. Barrie Country Club champion Daley Byles fired a three-under 69 on Wednesday (May 29) to claim the crown.

The 22-year-old Barrie resident edged out the rest of the field of club champions from across Ontario by a single stroke to earn an exemption into the Ontario Men’s Amateur championship, which takes place in July at Oslerbrook Golf and Country Club.

In a tie for 20th were Oakville’s Mike Kray, playing out of St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, Oakville’s Bryan Ward of Markland Wood GC, and Hamilton’s Dominic Marchesano of Wildfire GC. They each carded five-over 77s.

Tied in 27 were Beamsville’s Michel Bedard of Hunters Pointe GC, and Dundas player Derek Kenehan of Oaks of St. George GC, each with six-over 78s. In 39th place were Oakville’s Brian Churchill-Smith (Toronto Golf Club) and Peter Moorhead (Glen Abbey GC) with 80s. Tied at 50th was Oakville’s Walter Dalziel (Oakville GC) with an 82 while Ancaster’s Paul Lang (Beverly G&CC) had an 83 and a tie for 53rd. Alone at 59th was Ancaster’s Tyler Gruza (Flamborough Hills GC) with an 85, while Oakville’s Rob Weir (Mississaugua) shot an 86 and a tie for 60th.

Runner-up honours went to Austin Kelly of Chatham, who carded a two under par 70 to pick up the silver medal. Kelly is the club champion from Maple City Country Club and is coming off his junior year as a member of the Miami Redhawks men’s golf team. The bronze medal went to Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club’s Raymond Oh of Richmond Hill, who carded a one under par 71 to close out the event in third place.

Coppinwood champion Jonathan Dunlap of Toronto finished in fourth place with an even-par 72, while three golfers tied for fifth; Newmarket resident Keegan Tyers from Beacon Hall Golf Club, Toronto’s Scott Sinclair from Islington Golf Club, and Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, the club champion from Kawartha Golf and Country Club. All three golfers posted identical one-over 73’s to finish four strokes back.

The Ontario Men’s Champion of Champions was first contested in 1946 and features men’s club champions from Golf Association of Ontario member clubs across the province. Past champions of the event include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bill Morland, Gerry Kesselring, Warren Sye, and Stu Hamilton, as well as Big Break Indian Wells champion David Byrne.