Tottenham ON - The Great Lakes Tour's first 36-hole championship of the season wrapped up yesterday at Woodington Lake GC Legacy Course for the GLT Spring Open. This was also the first of six events in the newly formed Ontario Open Qualifying Series.
With a very wet spring thus far in Ontario, the conditions of Woodington Lake GC were like most other golf courses in the GTA that are dealing with wet turf conditions. PGA of Canada Professional Ryan Lamb and the professional staff gave the players a world class welcome from start to finish while Superintendent Delky Dozzi and his staff worked hard to have the 7500 yard layout meet tournament conditions and offer the field a great test of golf. For the GLT Spring Open, GLT officials played a scorecard of 7094 yards, which proved to be a fair yet demanding set-up for the event.
Written By: Garry McKay
Hamilton – The Great Lakes Tour is thrilled to announce an exciting new series that will give players on the GLT an enhanced route to play in the Ontario Open Golf Championship, a stop on the PGA TOUR Canada.
The Ontario Open Qualifying Series will include six multi-day events on the GLT where players will accrue points. At the conclusion of the series the top two players will receive exemptions into this year’s Ontario Open, July 28-31 at Woodington Lake Golf Club. Players who finish third through fifth in the OOQSeries will have their entry fee paid into the Ontario Open Monday qualifying...
Great Lakes Tour Excited to Collaborate With Hamilton Halton Junior Golf Tour For ANNIKA Challenge Canada
Hamilton, Ontario – The ANNIKA Foundation, golf Hall-of-famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization announces a three-year deal to host a qualifier in Canada for its ANNIKA Invitational series of girls-only golf tournaments.
The inaugural ANNIKA Challenge, hosted by the Hamilton-Halton Junior Golf Tour, will take place Aug. 29-31, 2022 on the Battlefield Course at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A field of 84, U-19 girls from across Canada will compete over a 2-day, 36-hole competition with the age eligible top finisher receiving an exemption into the 2023 Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational, presented by Rolex in January 2023 conducted by the AJGA in Orlando, Florida U.S.A. The second and third, age eligible finishers, will earn spots in the 2023 ANNIKA Invitational Europe in June 2023 in Sweden.
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GLT 2022 Schedule
The 2022 GLT Schedule is taking shape and we are pleased to announce the following confirmed events for our upcoming season. There's still a few dates we're waiting on to be confirmed and they are listed below under ''Save the Dates''...
Written By: Great Lakes Tour
Edited By: Garry McKay
Hamilton ON - The Great Lakes Tour (GLT) has confirmed that a new event is coming to Niagara National Golf & Country in Stevensville ON, only 10 minutes from the historic attraction and City of Niagara Falls.
The GLT Niagara Open will be contested on July 7-8, 2022 as a 36-hole, stroke-play competition open to all professionals and elite level amateur golfers.
The GLT is familiar with the Niagara Falls area and surrounding region as their TOUR Championship was contested at Legends on the Niagara GC in both 2016 and 2017. Since this time the GLT has been absent from the region, and 5 years later the Tour will return to a fresh new site that will be unfamiliar to most of the current players of the GLT...
A Message From GLT Directors
Hamilton ON - Oh what a year it was.
''With every adversity comes a greater or equal benefit.''
That is a quote we strongly believe in. It surely applies to both golf and life.
This was certainly evident from Canadian competitive golfers in 2021 that nothing will stand in their way of attaining goals and continuing to pursue their dreams through our wonderful sport. We're truly thankful and very proud of each and every player that's competed in both our GLT events and our partner tour events...
Sebastian Szirmak Wins Rain Shortened Southern Ontario Open, Official GLT Sani-Marc Desjardins Canada Cup Exemptions Revealed
Port Dover ON - Sebastian Szirmak of Toronto ON wins the rain shortened Southern Ontario Open at Port Dover Golf Club in Port Dover ON by 1 shot over Austin Ryan of Waterloo ON.
This was the 9th playing of the Southern Ontario Open and each edition produced a different winner until this year. After the unfortunate decision to cancel the final round due to unplayable course conditions caused by heavy rainfall overnight. Szirmak became the first two-time winner of the Championship. His previous victory was in 2018.
Szirmak got in the clubhouse after 36 holes with rounds of 64-66 to post 12 under par on the par 71 layout and take the clubhouse lead. While Austin Ryan made a 15 foot birdie putt on his 36th hole to post rounds of 67-64.
Amateur Cam Kellett of London ON continued his strong play recently when he opened the Championship with a tidy 64 on a very windy day. He would follow it up with a hard fought 68 to post 10 under par. Sitting tied with Kellett after 36 holes was veteran tour professional Derek Gillespie of Oshawa ON who was paired with Szirmak Thursday and Friday. Gillespie's 2nd round 63 was tied for low round of the day.
Hamilton ON – The Great Lakes Tour (GLT) is excited to announce GolfZoogle as a new long-term presenting partner of the Tour. The new three-year relationship is designed to allow both parties to utilize resources for combined growth within the golf industry while staying true to the collective vision of growing the game of golf across Canada.
GolfZoogle was first introduced in 2016 and offered touchscreen technology and interactive solutions to the golf industry. Recently, the business came under a new progressive ownership and was quickly introduced to the Great Lakes Tour to assist in re-marketing the brand and image.
Victoriaville QC – The Sani-Marc/Desjardins Canada Cup presented by City of Victoriaville (CCSM-D) organizing committee is pleased to announce an alliance of Canadian professional golf tours that will assist in filling the field for their exclusive event August 12-15, 2021.
The alliance of tours will include the East Coast Pro Tour (ECPT) in Quebec, Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) in British Columbia and Great Lakes Tour (GLT) in Ontario. The three tours will receive exemptions to be allocated to their tour members via their respective order of merit standings and major events on their schedules...
By: Garry McKay
Hamilton ON - As the Great Lakes Tour enters its 20th season it continues to grow and evolve.
One thing that will never change, however, is the Tour’s fundamental philosophy, which is to help aspiring professionals and amateurs develop their game and to get ready for the next level. That’s the shared philosophy of co-owners Jim Kenesky and Colin Murray.
Current PGA Tour player Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ontario, turned pro while he was still a teenager and had played practically no high-level amateur golf.
He personifies what the Great Lakes Tour is all about.
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