Burlington (ON) - The 2017 season has been a slight struggle for Robbie Greenwell who is originally from Georgetown (ON) but now resides in Victoria (BC). Though he’s been playing some good golf, he has failed to take advantage of Conditional Status and the Monday Qualifying process on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada this season. However, a return to the tournament where he fired a final round 62 last year, may bring back some good feelings and produce a strong finish.
After Round 1 of this year’s Southern Ontario Open at Hidden Lake Golf Club (NEW Course) in Burlington (ON), Greenwell’s score of 8 under par 63 was good enough for a two shot lead over Branson Ferrier of Barrie (ON) and 3 better than a handful of players at 5 under par 66 including Mt. Laurel (NJ) resident David Sanders.
Round 2 was delayed four and a half hours due to inclement weather, and when play resumed conditions were very tough with drizzle, fog and wind. Greenwell would keep his round respectable after a slow start to post a one over par 72 and keep himself just one stroke off the 36 hole lead held by Wil Wittmann of Detroit (MI). The 36 hole cut would fall with 33 players at 2 over par or better.
The third round belonged to David Sanders who would fire a new course record at Hidden Lake GC (NEW) posting a 10 under par 61. His round featured 6 birdies and 2 eagles and was good enough for a share of the lead with Greenwell at 12 under par through 54 holes. Brad Curren from Halifax (NS) would join Sanders and Greenwell in the final group just one shot back at 11 under par.
Early in the final round it looked as though David Sanders was going to separate himself from the field as he would make a hole-in-one on the par 3 third hole and follow it up with a birdie on the fourth hole. After birdies on the back to back par 5’s holes 7 and 8, he would post a front nine 5 under par 30. However, after a poor tee shot on hole 12 that would find the hazard on the left, Sanders would make a bogey and leave the door slightly open for the chasing Greenwell.
Robbie Greenwell stayed patient on the front nine and made the turn 3 shots back of Sanders. Birdies on holes 10, 12, 13, 14 would give him a one shot lead with four holes to play. After making birdie on the 15th hole, Greenwell would hold onto a two shot lead coming up the 18th. With Sanders needing to make eagle on the par 5 finishing hole, he would miss the green to the right and fail to hole it. Greenwell would two putt for par and win the Southern Ontario Open.
For the Win Greenwell took home a cheque for $8,000 and will receive an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval July 17-23, 2017.
“This is a good win for me. Obviously Hidden Lake really suits my game and the course was in great shape all week. I feel comfortable here.” Said Greenwell shortly after his win. “I’ve been playing well all season, but it’s nice to by-pass a Monday Qualifier and plan my week in Montreal. Having that exemption available was a huge motivator this week.”
The Current leader of the Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit presented by Roll ReadyTM at the conclusion of the Southern Ontario Open also received an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval. Brendan Leonard of Cambridge (ON) will receive the exemption even though he missed the cut at Hidden Lake. Leonard built a solid lead with a win and four top 5’s so far this season on the Great Lakes Tour.
The next stop on the Great Lakes Tour is the Lindsay Championship at Oliver’s Nest GC July 20-21.
For complete results of the Southern Ontario Open you may visit HERE
For current standings of the GLT Order of Merit presented by Roll ReadyTM you may visit HERE