Dave Bunker (Cherry Hill GC) wins playoff to claim Ontario Mid Amateur title

Gravenhurst, ON – Even colder conditions greeted competitors for the final round of the 2021 Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, at the gorgeous Taboo Muskoka. The temperature may not have risen, but the competition absolutely did, as we would see a champion crowned only after playoff holes.

Walking away after two extra holes, is now four-time winner of the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur, Dave Bunker (Cherry Hill Club), with a solid even par on the final day (71). Jonn Drewery (Westmount G&CC) shot a two-over (73), and would eventually miss a difficult par putt save on the second extra hole to deliver the win to Bunker. The bronze medal was won by 36-hole leader Brett Mitchell (Galt Country Club), after shooting a four-over (75). Round of the day belonged to Robert McCraken, who fired a brilliant four-under (67) to climb the leaderboard into fourth place.

Bunker, who also claims the Mid-Master category (40+) with the win, expressed great pleasure in his play. “I played well today, with only one hole mistake. It’s nice to win something, as I’ve played well the last month and a half, with the worst I’ve finished was top four.”  Describing his steady play on a challenging course while guys stumbled around him, Bunker noted “I know it’s a difficult course and anything can happen, if you keep going and not lose your focus an even par or one-under can win it”.

Bunked thanked his wife most importantly for her patience and understanding as he’s had a very busy past five weeks. “She’s been very patient with me, it’ll be nice to be home for a while and she’s coming with me to California for my future golf in two weeks”.

Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, rules officials, staff and members for their support of the 2021 Ontario Men’s Mid-Am Championship. To Taboo Muskoka and your team, thank you sincerely for being such amazing hosts and welcoming us for another championship this season.

Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Sport Travel. We are grateful for your continued support.

For full field results, click HERE.

About the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Since 1993, the Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur championship has proven to be one of Ontario’s most sought after and important Championship titles. The 54-hole competition caters to Ontario’s best golfers age 25 and older that have gained entry into the event through qualifying tournaments or an exemption.

Despite its young history, the championship has developed a notable list of past champions including Garrett Rank (2015, 2018) and Golf Hall of Fame members Stu Hamilton (1993, 1998), Kelly Roberts (1997), and Dave Bunker (2007, 2011, 2014).

 

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