TORONTO — The Golf Ontario Championship season kicked off on May 12, from Oakdale G&CC, in Toronto, with the Ontario Men’s Better-Ball Championship. The event was well contested again this year with 54 teams taking part.
Much like past years, 18 holes were not enough to crown a champion for the kick-off of the Golf Ontario Championship season Thursday (May 12) when the Men’s Better-Ball Championship was played at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club.
A four-team playoff was needed to determine the winners after the end of the round determined a six-under (66) was the magic number to be part of the playoff. The teams of Etobicoke’s Simon Reyers (Brampton GC) and Kingston’s Peter Sauerbrei (Cataraqui G&CC), New Hamburg’s Josh Hunke (Deer Ridge GC) and Kitchener’s Ryan Kings (Deer Ridge GC), Woodbridge’s Philip Arci (Caledon Woods GC) and Barrie’s Ernie Vettese (Tangle Creek G&CC) and Oakville’s Scott Banks (Blue Springs GC) and Burlington’s Nicholas Freeman (Heron Point Golf Links) all went back onto the course to produce a winner.
On the first playoff hole, Arci and Vettese were eliminated after taking a bogey while the other teams made par on the hole. On the second playoff hole, Sauerbrei stepped up from 30 feet and drained the lengthy birdie for the win. With that, he and partner Reyers hoisted the trophy as 2016 Ontario Better-Ball champions.
The other three teams all shared the silver medal.
Fifty-four team participated in the competition.