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.
After the first round, Victor Ciesielski of Hespeler ON and Derek Gillespie of Oshawa ON shared the lead at 3-under par 69. Chase Komaromi of London ON finished the day at 2-under par 70 to sit just one back of the lead and join Ciesielski and Gillespie in the final group on Friday.
With cool winds and brisk conditions for the second round, it was sure to create a few lead changes during the day. Yet it was the two veterans Gillespie and Ciesielski who exchanged the lead a couple times until Gillespie faltered in the middle of the back nine and allowed Ciesielski to keep his head down and walk to the final hole with a two shot lead.
Freddy D'Angelo of Ingersoll ON posted a 4-under par 68 in the second round to sit as the clubhouse leader at 3-under par. He waited patiently as the final group walked up the par 5 finishing hole.
Ciesielski hit his tee shot in the left rough and had a tough lie for his second shot from 260 yards out. After a great shot, his ball landed just short and scooted onto the front of the green leaving him 65 feet for eagle. Even though he made par, it was good enough for the two shot victory over Chase Komaromi, who birdied the 18th to tie D'Angelo for second place.
Sudarshan Yellamaraju of Mississauga ON and 2021 GLT TOUR Champion Austin Ryan of Waterloo ON rounded out the top 5 sharing fourth place. Round of the day and likely candidate for comeback round of the year, was posted by Thomas Code of Dorchester ON. He fired a round of 5-under par 67 to bounce back from his unfortunate opening round of 83. NOTE: Code made an 11 and a 6 on the par 5 7th hole for the week.
For the victory Ciesielski received $4,000 and is playing as a PGA of Canada GLT Non-Member and is currently ineligible to compete on the GLT Order of Merit. Derek Gillespie improves his lead on the GLT Order of Merit presented by Roll ReadyTM as he picked up 110 points to go along with the 300 points he received for his win at the GLT Shootout earlier in the week.
Freddy D'Angelo, Chase Komaromi, Sudarshan Yellamaraju and Austin Ryan were awarded exemptions into the $125,000 Sani-Marc/Fenergic Canada Cup August 11-14 in Victoriaville QC. They are also the front runners in the Ontario Open QSeries that sees the top 2 finishers over six events earn direct exemptions into the Ontario Open Championship July 28-31 at Woodington Lake GC, a current PGA TOUR Canada event.
Next event on the GLT schedule is set for May 19-20 at Mystic GC in Ancaster ON for the Ancaster Challenge. This is the second of six Ontario Open QSeries events.
COMPLETE RESULTS FROM GLT SPRING OPEN
CURRENT ONTARIO OPEN QSERIES STANDINGS
CURRENT GLT ORDER OF MERIT PRESENTED BY ROLL READYTM STANDINGS