Hidden Lake’s Blair Earns Canadian Open Exemption

TORONTO – There’s nothing like home cooking, and Michael Blair will get plenty of it during the 2019 RBC Canadian Open.

The Ancaster, Ont. native, who plays at Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington, Ont., was the low finisher at the second RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier at TPC Toronto, Thursday. The 27-year-old shot an 8-under-par 64, earning an exemption into the 2019 RBC Canadian Open, which is being held at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

Blair put together a spectacular round, sinking two eagles on two par-fives on the back nine. Coupled with five front-nine birdies, Blair found himself two strokes ahead of the competition at the conclusion of play.

Michael Blair. Photo: Golf Canada.

Trailing Blair was another Hamilton-area competitor in Christopher Ross. A Hamilton Golf and Country Club player, Ross birdied his final two holes to finish at 6 under.

Tied with Ross was Jae Kim of Toronto. Kim was bogey-free on the day, and an eagle on the eighth hole helped him to a T2 finish.

Ross, Kim and 19 other competitors, excluding Blair, advance to the RBC Canadian Open Final Qualifier taking place on June 3 at Heron Point Golf Links in Hamilton, Ont.

The first RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier at Kings Links by the Sea in Delta, B.C. saw James Allenby shoot 7-under par 65 to earn medallist honours and advance to the final qualifying event.

A third regional qualifier will take place on May 27 at Elm Ridge Country Club in L’Île Bizard, Que.

Full leaderboard:

1. Michael Blair, Ancaster, ON, *32-32-64 -8

2. Christopher Ross, Owosso, MI, *35-31-66 -6

2. Jae Kim, Toronto, ON, *33-33-66 -6

4. Brendan Leonard, Cambridge, ON, *34-33-67 -5

5. Jacob Lehman, Guelph, ON, *35-33-68 -4

5. Eddie Maunder, Oakville, ON, *34-34-68 -4

5. Mike Gonko, Sudbury, ON, *32-36-68 -4

5. John Foster, Concord, ON, *34-34-68 -4

9. Thomas DeMarco (a), LaSalle, ON, *34-35-69 -3

9. Mitchell Sutton, London, ON, *38-31-69 -3

9. Dan Bowling, Corunna, ON, *36-33-69 -3

9. Nicholas Ross, Dundas, ON, *35-34-69 -3

9. Chris Wilson, Toronto, ON, *37-32-69 -3

9. Brad Kerfoot, Toronto, ON, *34-35-69 -3

15. Victor Ciesielski, Cambridge, ON, *36-34-70 -2

15. Jake Montemurro, Toronto, ON, *35-35-70 -2

15. Stephane Dubois, Brantford, ON, *35-35-70 -2

15. Gordon Burns, Holland Landing, ON, *37-33-70 -2

15. Rokhun Cho, Toronto, ON, *36-34-70 -2

15. David Tepe, Lewis Center, OH, *36-34-70 -2

15. Chase Komaromi (a), Delaware, ON, *34-36-70 -2

15. Peter Laws, Whitby, ON, *37-33-70 -2

15. Branson Ferrier, Barrie, ON, *36-34-70 -2

24. Brett Cairns, Courtland, ON, *36-35-71 -1

24. Mark Hoffman, Toronto, ON, *39-32-71 -1

24. James Seymour, Aurora, ON, *35-36-71 -1

24. Chang Wan Woo, Toronto, ON, *35-36-71 -1

24. Kelvin Lim (a), Thornhill, ON, *37-34-71 -1

24. Tyler Cunningham (a), Milton, ON, *32-39-71 -1

30. Jake McNulty, Port Perry, ON, *34-38-72 E

30. Sun Kim, L’Île-Perrot, QC, *36-36-72 E

30. Adrian Cord, Toronto, ON, *36-36-72 E

30. David Sheman, Newmarket, ON, *41-31-72 E

30. Eric Hawerchuk, Barrie, ON, *35-37-72 E

30. Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, ON, *34-38-72 E

30. Thomas Latter (a), Mississauga, ON, *36-36-72 E

30. Joseph D’Alfonso, Caledon, ON, *40-32-72 E

30. Michael Dart, Toronto, ON, *37-35-72 E

30. Mike Woodcock, Chatham, ON, *34-38-72 E

30. Alessandro Cappa (a), Toronto, ON, *35-37-72 E

30. J.J. Regan, Burlington, ON, *36-36-72 E

30. Eric Flockhart (a), Mississauga, ON, *37-35-72 E

30. Sang Hwa Lee, Markham, ON, *35-37-72 E

44. Nicolas Corbett (a), Toronto, ON, *36-37-73 +1

44. Zachary Greifenberger (a), Toronto, ON, *34-39-73 +1

44. Thomas Giroux (a), Georgetown, ON, *38-35-73 +1

44. Justin Yong Woo Kim, Hamilton, ON, *37-36-73 +1

44. Danny King, Milton, ON, *37-36-73 +1

44. Stephen Gonko, Sudbury, ON, *35-38-73 +1

44. Robbie Latter (a), Mississauga, ON, *37-36-73 +1

44. Brett Walker, Burlington, ON, *37-36-73 +1

44. Billy Gaffney, Williamsville, NY, *35-38-73 +1

44. Terry O’Brien, Barrie, ON, *35-38-73 +1

44. Robert Wilkinson, Dundas, ON, *36-37-73 +1

44. Chris Hemmerich, Kitchener, ON, *37-36-73 +1

44. Nugent Trumann, Texarkana, TX, *37-36-73 +1

44. Daniel George (a), Richmond Hill, ON, *36-37-73 +1

58. Thomas Code (a), Dorchester, ON, *36-38-74 +2

58. Michael Rizzo (a), Brantford, ON, *39-35-74 +2

58. Adam Short, Vineland, ON, *38-36-74 +2

58. Sean Bozuk, Burlington, ON, *36-38-74 +2

58. Tristan Renaud (a), Sudbury, ON, *34-40-74 +2

58. Alf Callowhill, Burlington, ON, *36-38-74 +2

58. John Burghardt (a), Oakville, ON, *35-39-74 +2

58. Steven Poulos (a), Toronto, ON, *37-37-74 +2

58. Brian Hadley, Sarnia, ON, *37-37-74 +2

58. Sean Carlino, Hamilton, ON, *36-38-74 +2

58. Jonathan Pigott, Thornhill, ON, *38-36-74 +2

58. Angelo Giantsopoulos (a), Richmond Hill, ON, *35-39-74 +2

58. Luc Warnock (a), McGregor, ON, *38-36-74 +2

71. Denver Dafoe, Bracebridge, ON, *40-35-75 +3

71. Keaton Veillette, Toronto, ON, *37-38-75 +3

71. Nick Kenney, Mississauga, ON, *35-40-75 +3

71. Adam Craig, Stouffville, ON, *36-39-75 +3

71. Zach Viminitz (a), Brooklin, ON, *36-39-75 +3

71. Colin MacGregor, Hamilton, ON, *40-35-75 +3

71. G.W. King, Thornbury, ON, *37-38-75 +3

71. Derek Gillespie, Oshawa, ON, *34-41-75 +3

71. Freddy D’Angelo (a), Fonthill, ON, *36-39-75 +3

71. James Skrypec, Kitchener, ON, *39-36-75 +3

81. Charles Pal (a), Toronto, ON, *35-41-76 +4

81. Andrew Nagel (a), Elmvale, ON, *38-38-76 +4

81. Trevor Hay, Guelph, ON, *38-38-76 +4

81. Matthew Scobie, Ajax, ON, *40-36-76 +4

81. Adam Migur, Toronto, ON, *38-38-76 +4

81. Nicholas Lin (a), Toronto, ON, *39-37-76 +4

81. Nicholas Oosterhof (a), Cobourg, ON, *38-38-76 +4

81. Ryan Curran, Barrie, ON, *42-34-76 +4

89. Jonny Brennan (a), Toronto, ON, *38-39-77 +5

89. Brady Zordan (a), Midhurst, ON, *42-35-77 +5

89. Tom Cranston (a), Aurora, ON, *41-36-77 +5

89. Jaxon Shelton (a), Camlachie, ON, *43-34-77 +5

89. Michael Katsman (a), Richmond Hill, ON, *39-38-77 +5

89. Steve Rodriguez, Ajax, ON, *36-41-77 +5

89. Brian Decker (a), Oakville, ON, *38-39-77 +5

89. David Wetterich, Cincinnati, OH, *36-41-77 +5

97. Chad Watts Denyes (a), Hamilton, ON, *39-39-78 +6

97. Graeme Edwards (a), Mississauga, ON, *40-38-78 +6

97. Brad Vander Pryt, Tilbury, ON, *39-39-78 +6

97. Ethan Hurst (a), Guelph, ON, *37-41-78 +6

97. Mac Carter (a), Cobourg, ON, *36-42-78 +6

97. Trevor Corner (a), Mississauga, ON, *39-39-78 +6

103. James Chan, Hamilton, ON, *40-39-79 +7

103. Jamie Mills (a), Toronto, ON, *40-39-79 +7

103. Adam Knight, Milton, ON, *42-37-79 +7

103. Dan Lee (a), Toronto, ON, *38-41-79 +7

103. Marshall Pemberton, Guelph, ON, *40-39-79 +7

103. Jeff Kelly (a), Waterloo, ON, *39-40-79 +7

103. Jeremy Greville, Smithville, ON, *38-41-79 +7

103. Philip Arci (a), Vaughan, ON, *43-36-79 +7

103. Josh Chambers, Burlington, *39-40-79 +7

103. Yuvish Singh, Brampton, ON, *36-43-79 +7

113. Malcolm Glumpak (a), Burlington, ON, *40-40-80 +8

113. Kyle Chung (a), Brampton, ON, *39-41-80 +8

113. Braydon White (a), Barrie, ON, *42-38-80 +8

113. Fouche Izak, Hamilton, ON, *41-39-80 +8

113. Anthony Occhiuto (a), Guelph, ON, *41-39-80 +8

113. Tae Woo Kim, Toronto, ON, *45-35-80 +8

113. Dayton Price (a), Mississauga, ON, *43-37-80 +8

113. James Allison, Haliburton, ON, *39-41-80 +8

113. Stephen Longo (a), Newcastle, ON, *40-40-80 +8

113. Cody Clark (a), Little Britain, ON, *39-41-80 +8

123. Scott Borrows (a), London, ON, *43-38-81 +9

123. Vito Polera, North York, ON, *39-42-81 +9

123. Connor Shields, Orangeville, ON, *40-41-81 +9

123. Jordan Lisko, St. Catharines, ON, *44-37-81 +9

123. Clayton Connor, Newmarket, ON, *45-36-81 +9

128. Matthew Ova (a), Port Hope, ON, *43-39-82 +10

128. Garret Day (a), Chatham, ON, *41-41-82 +10

128. Adrian Singh, Maple, ON, *42-40-82 +10

128. Shyamal Nagindas, Aurora, ON, *44-38-82 +10

132. Seong-Woong Moon, Etobicoke, ON, *45-38-83 +11

132. Kevin Melville (a), Waterloo, ON, *41-42-83 +11

134. Brett Kudoba, Kitchener, ON, *39-45-84 +12

134. JP Van Rooyen, Midland, ON, *43-41-84 +12

134. Bradley Troy (a), Lindsay, ON, *44-40-84 +12

137. Joel Giornofelice, Stoney Creek, ON, *42-43-85 +13

137. Russell Poloni, Mississauga, ON, *47-38-85 +13

139. Shavi Kahlon (a), Brampton, ON, *42-45-87 +15

140. Ian Searles (a), Ancaster, ON, *47-43-90 +18

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Andrew Jensen, Ottawa, ON, *

WD. Ryan Lenahan, Charlotte, NC, *

WD. Tyler Marchand, Penetanguishene, ON, *

DQ. Sean O’Hara (a), Mississauga, ON, *

NC. Gabriel Martin, Cambridge, ON, *

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