Rank Leads Ontario Men’s Amateur

From Golf Ontario:

Garrett Rank. Photo: Golf Ontario.

The Investors Group Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship is taking place this week at the gorgeous St. Thomas Golf and Country Club. Round one got underway this morning with split tees at 7:30 a.m. under great conditions.

The leader after the first round is Garrett Rank of Elmira Golf Club. Rank shot a 5 under on his back nine and the day. His round of 66 started out with an even-par front (35), with two birdies and two bogeys and finished his back 9 with 1 eagle and three birdies (31).

“The course is actually playing very tough and I kept the ball below the pins which is pretty necessary here,” said Rank.  “I didn’t feel great coming into today but it was kind of nice having no expectations, no pressure.”

Rank’s best shot of the day was his approach on 8: “I had 217 yards to go and had to draw it around a big tree. It smoked the flag and dropped to 12 feet away.” He would step up and make the eagle putt. Rank added, “It was good weather for the morning round which helped on this tough course.”

Rank, an NHL referee, was a member of Golf Canada’s National Men’s Team from 2012-2014, and 2018 U.S. Open qualifier.  He also golfed with Team Canada in the Pan American Games in 2015, as well as winning the Investors Group Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship in 2015. He had a hat-trick at the Canadian Mid-Amateur championship, winning it three times in a row and finished runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Am. Winning the Canadian Mid-Am got him a ticket to three RBC Canadian Opens, making the cut in 2016.

Sitting in second with a score of 69 (-2) is Brady Zordana of Shanty Bay Golf & Country Club. Hometown golfer Greg McKegg of St. Thomas Golf & Country Club shot a solid 70 (-1) and finds himself in third.

The Investors Group Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship was first played in 1923 at Lakeview Golf and Country Club. Past winners include: 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir (1990 & 1992), Gerry Kesselring (1949, 1951, 1952, 1953), professional players Jon Mills (2001), Corey Conners (2010), Albin Choi (2012), Chris Hemmerich (2014) and Gary Cowan, who holds the record for the most Ontario Amateur Championships with nine (1964, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981 & 1984).

1    Garrett Rank           Elmira Golf Club           31-35–66 -5
2    Brady Zordan           Shanty Bay Golf & Country  37-32–69 -2
 3    Greg McKegg            St. Thomas Golf & Country  37-33–70 -1 
4    Sam Meek               Kawartha G&CC              35-36–71 E
T5   Cougar Collins         Rocky Crest Golf Club      37-35–72 +1
T5   Eric Flockhart         Public Player              34-38–72 +1
T5   Dave Bunker            Brampton GC                36-36–72 +1
T5   Yaroslav Ilyenko       Meadowbrook Golf & Countr  38-34–72 +1
T5   Thomas Giroux          The Club at North Halton   37-35–72 +1
T5   Philip Arci            King’s Riding GC           39-33–72 +1
T5   Matthew Cholod         Granite GC                 37-35–72 +1
T12  Thomas DeMarco         Essex G & CC               38-35–73 +2
T12  Gajan Sivabalasingham  Meadowbrook Golf & Countr  38-35–73 +2
 T12  Cameron Kellett        St. Thomas Golf & Country/Highland CC  38-35–73 +2 
T12  Charles Fitzsimmons    Thornhill Club             38-35–73 +2
T12  Cameron Corbett        Lindsay Golf & Country Cl  34-39–73 +2
T12  Crawford McKinlay      Public Player              37-36–73 +2
T12  Steven Houle           Riverbend Golf Community   37-36–73 +2 
T12  Jaret Chipman          St. Catharines Golf & Cou  36-37–73 +2
T12  Matthew Vihant         The Summit G&CC            36-37–73 +2
T12  Tyler Harvey           York Downs Golf & Country  37-36–73 +2
T22  Jacob Lehman           Toronto Golf Club          37-37–74 +3
T22  Brendan Seys           Maple City Country Club    38-36–74 +3
T22  Taylor Beckstead       Tangle Creek Golf & CC     38-36–74 +3
T22  Tristan Renaud         Idylwylde Golf & Country   37-37–74 +3
T22  Freddy D’Angelo        Lookout Point Country Clu  36-38–74 +3
T22  Adam Graham            Sarnia G&CC                39-35–74 +3
T22  Shyamal Nagindas       Public Player              38-36–74 +3
T22  Michael Ayotte         Public Player              39-35–74 +3
T22  Robert McCracken       Bay of Quinte Golf & CC    37-37–74 +3
T22  Minwoo Park            Glendale Golf & CC         40-34–74 +3
T32  Matt LeMay             Public Player              40-35–75 +4
T32  Ty Celone              Public Player              38-37–75 +4
T32  Gordon Gibson          Cedar Brae GC              37-38–75 +4
T32  Mackenzie Tout         Royal Ashburn Golf Club    38-37–75 +4
T32  John Burghardt         Blue Springs Golf Club     38-37–75 +4
T32  Robbie Latter          Credit Valley Golf & Coun  38-37–75 +4
T32  Peter Beneteau         Camden Braes Golf & Count  39-36–75 +4
T32  Aidan Gavey            Beverly Golf & Country Cl  39-36–75 +4
T32  Adam Migur             Weston G&CC                37-38–75 +4
T32  Nicolas Corbett        Granite GC                 41-34–75 +4
 T32  Devan Dodd             Highland Country Club      38-37–75 +4 
T32  Ben Snaidero           Public Player              39-36–75 +4
T32  Eric Shea              Brantford G&CC             39-36–75 +4
T32  Arjun Walia            Public Player              37-38–75 +4
T32  Peter Willis           Public Player              39-36–75 +4
T32  Ranen Oomen-Danckert   Shelburne G & CC           35-40–75 +4
T48  Thomas ‘Jack’ Simpson  Beacon Hall GC             37-39–76 +5
T48  Craig Stefureak        Dundas Valley Golf & Curl  39-37–76 +5
T48  Josiah Dixon           Cobble Beach Golf Links    41-35–76 +5
T48  Curtis Hughes          Beach Grove G&CC           40-36–76 +5
 T48  Ryan Mcinerney         London Hunt and CC         37-39–76 +5 
T48  Robert Wilkinson       Dundas Valley Golf & Curl  37-39–76 +5
T48  Gj Kuhn                Public Player              38-38–76 +5
T48  Garrett Atkinson       Rattlesnake Point GC       38-38–76 +5
T48  Tyler Hull             Bayview G&CC               38-38–76 +5
T48  Ranga Sugathapala      Public Player              40-36–76 +5
T48  Matthew Shubley        Oshawa Golf & Curling      41-35–76 +5
T48  Davey Morton           Craigowan G & CC           39-37–76 +5
T60  Chase Komaromi         The Oaks GC                38-39–77 +6 
T60  Marc Casullo           The Summit G&CC            41-36–77 +6
T60  Mackenzie Carter       Kawartha G&CC              38-39–77 +6
T60  Matthew Anderson       Credit Valley Golf & Coun  39-38–77 +6
T60  John Boncoddo          Brantford G&CC             40-37–77 +6
T60  Tyler Douse            Westmount G & CC           38-39–77 +6
T60  Peter Leone            Grand Niagara GC           40-37–77 +6
T60  Chad Watts Denyes      Public Player              37-40–77 +6
T60  Ethan Cardwell         Oshawa Golf & Curling      40-37–77 +6
T60  Conner Watt            Public Player              40-37–77 +6
T60  Jeffrey Clarke         Glencairn GC – L/S         40-37–77 +6
T60  Josh DiCarlo           Pointe West GC             38-39–77 +6
T60  William Gautreau       Scarboro Golf & Country C  39-38–77 +6
T73  Noah Steele            Cataraqui Golf & Country   41-37–78 +7
T73  Zachary Bankuti        Public Player              40-38–78 +7
T73  Andrew Nagel           Barrie CC                  41-37–78 +7
T73  Thomas Latter          Credit Valley Golf & Coun  36-42–78 +7
T73  Derek Dalziel          Public Player              40-38–78 +7
T73  Steven Poulos          Weston G&CC                42-36–78 +7
T73  Daniel DiFrancesco     Heron Point Golf Links     40-38–78 +7
T73  James Hill             Beach Grove G&CC           41-37–78 +7
T73  Quinn Richardson       Cutten Fields              40-38–78 +7
T73  Zach Viminitz          Public Player              42-36–78 +7
T73  Nolan Jarv             The Club at North Halton   37-41–78 +7
T84  Nick Hofland           Hamilton G & CC            37-42–79 +8
T84  Graham Hill            Sarnia G&CC                41-38–79 +8
T84  Brendan Dunphy         Whitevale GC               37-42–79 +8
T84  Cole Nead              Public Player              40-39–79 +8
 T84  Alex du Boulay         Greenhills Golf Club       38-41–79 +8 
T84  Andrew Cox             Whistle Bear Golf Club     39-40–79 +8
T84  Zack Mason             Donalda Club               38-41–79 +8
T84  Ryan Jeffrey           St. Thomas Golf & Country  40-39–79 +8 
 T84  Jackson Bowery         Greenhills Golf Club       41-38–79 +8 
T84  Tyler Cormier          OslerBrook G&CC            41-38–79 +8
T84  Callum Biehn           The Club at North Halton   39-40–79 +8
 T84  Brad VanPuymbroeck     St. Thomas Golf & Country  39-40–79 +8 
T84  Phil Leahy             Westmount G & CC           40-39–79 +8
T84  Raymond Oh             Meadowbrook Golf & Countr  41-38–79 +8
T84  James Grigjanis-Meusel Public Player              38-41–79 +8
T84  Lachlan O’Hara         Credit Valley Golf & Coun  41-38–79 +8
T100 Riley Goss             Rosedale Golf Club         42-38–80 +9
T100 Ryan Neil              North Bay G & CC           41-39–80 +9
T100 Trevor Corner          Rattlesnake Point GC       36-44–80 +9
T100 Darren Young           Craigowan G & CC           36-44–80 +9
T100 Evan MacLean           Idylwylde Golf & Country   40-40–80 +9
T100 Morgan Rubes           Georgian Bay Club          42-38–80 +9
T100 Gregory Goad           Galt Country Club          41-39–80 +9
T100 Brad Walsh             West Haven G & CC          39-41–80 +9
T100 Cade Preston           Vespra Hills Golf Club     40-40–80 +9
T100 Jackson Behm           The Club at North Halton   43-37–80 +9
T110 Sudarshan Yellamaraju  Blue Springs Golf Club     38-43–81 +10
T110 Ben Thompson           Scarboro Golf & Country C  41-40–81 +10
T110 Josh Montgomery        Dundas Valley Golf & Curl  42-39–81 +10
T110 Trevor Ranton          Whistle Bear Golf Club     36-45–81 +10
T110 Anthony Occhiuto       Cutten Fields              40-41–81 +10
T110 Nic Francis            Dundas Valley Golf & Curl  41-40–81 +10
T110 Joseph MacNeil         Barrie CC                  41-40–81 +10
T110 Andrew Pearson         Hamilton G & CC            41-40–81 +10
T110 Nicholas Ingoglia      Bradford Highlands Golf C  41-40–81 +10
T110 Nathanial Coombes      Bowmanville Golf & Countr  40-41–81 +10
T120 Ward Kyle              Idylwylde Golf & Country   39-43–82 +11
T120 Matt Munro             Public Player              42-40–82 +11
T120 Zachary Greifenberger  Weston G&CC                40-42–82 +11
T120 Jake Dupuis            Lookout Point Country Clu  42-40–82 +11
T120 Adam Briggs            Public Player              42-40–82 +11
T120 Matthew Thoms          King Valley Golf Club      41-41–82 +11
T120 Robert Sunstrum        Highland Country Club      38-44–82 +11
T127 Robin Petras           Public Player              39-44–83 +12
T127 Jake Bryson            Public Player              40-43–83 +12
T127 Malcolm Glumpak        Rattlesnake Point GC       39-44–83 +12
T127 Adam Bain              Granite GC                 41-42–83 +12
T131 Luke McLean            Coppinwood                 36-48–84 +13
T131 Dylan MacDonald        York Downs Golf & Country  40-44–84 +13
T131 Michael Forbes         The National Golf Club of  41-43–84 +13
T131 Logan Lammerant        Sparrow Lakes Golf Club    40-44–84 +13
T131 Jared Bell             Caledon Woods GC           44-40–84 +13
T136 Nicholas Mihalo        Roseland Golf & Curling C  43-42–85 +14
T136 Gavin MacIver          Public Player              41-44–85 +14
T136 Connor Stalteri        Quarry GC                  42-43–85 +14
T136 Spencer Higginbottom   Beach Grove G&CC           42-43–85 +14
T136 Stefan Nicoara         King’s Riding GC           41-44–85 +14
T136 Tyson Turchanski       Public Player              45-40–85 +14
T142 Jaron Brown            Public Player              43-43–86 +15
T142 Jeffrey Ash            Tangle Creek Golf & CC     40-46–86 +15
T142 Matthew Peesker        York Downs Golf & Country  45-41–86 +15
T142 Michael Dubois         Brantford G&CC             42-44–86 +15
T142 Quinn Kerr             Greystone Golf Club        42-44–86 +15
T147 Ryan Spratt            Falcon Ridge GC            45-42–87 +16
T147 Stephen Longo          Oshawa Golf & Curling      42-45–87 +16
T147 Michael Moore          Meadowbrook Golf & Countr  45-42–87 +16
T147 Matt Gardy             Westmount G & CC           42-45–87 +16
T147 Zachary Katzenstein    Cedar Brae GC              43-44–87 +16
T147 Michael Desautels      Wyldewood Golf & Country   43-44–87 +16
T153 Robbie Campbell        Public Player              46-42–88 +17
T153 Blake Dell             Beach Grove G&CC           42-46–88 +17
T155 Cody Watson            Rockway Vineyards          44-45–89 +18
T155 Ryan Kennedy           Glendale Golf & CC         50-39–89 +18

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