By Darryl G. Smart
Sebastian Szirmak, of Toronto wins the rain-shortened Southern Ontario Open at Port Dover Golf Club.
Szirmak took the Great Lakes Tour stop by one shot over Austin Ryan, of Waterloo. Szirmak became the first two-time winner of the Championship, also winning 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. Austin Ryan made a 15-foot birdie putt on his 36th hole to post rounds of 67-64.
Amateur Cam Kellett, of London continued his strong play recently when he opened the championship with a 64 on a very windy day. He followed 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, who was paired with Szirmak Thursday and Friday. Gillespie’s second round 63 was tied for low round of the day.
With heavy rains earlier in the week already making the course soft during rounds one and two, Mother Nature poured 50mm of rain overnight. The course became unplayable. GLT and club officials worked on every scenario to put a final round together which included a modified nine-hole final round. It became apparent that every scenario was logistically too difficult to complete, forcing the final round to be cancelled.
Szirmak was declared champion and took home the $8,000 winner’s check while Cam Kellett was low amateur. Both players earned an exemption into the $125,000 Sani-Marc/Desjardins Canada Cup August 12-15.