Toronto’s own Daniel Kim grabs opening round lead at Southern Ontario Open

Mexico’s Mauricio Azcue, Scotland’s Steven Smith tied for 2nd a shot back

Burlington, Ontario July 24, 2014 – Gardner-Webb alum Daniel Kim had a roller coaster round and, like any good roller coaster, the best was saved for last. The Toronto native had a day in his hometown Open which saw him make as many birdies as pars with seven, while adding three bogeys. However it was his eagle on 18 which put him at 6 under par and gave him a one shot lead after the first round of play. Kim was even par through his first 12 holes, with three birdies and three bogeys washing each other out. Then he caught fire birding his next four holes and eagling the sixth to finish his final six holes at six under par.

Daniel Kim

Daniel Kim

The two players closest to Kim on the leader board are perhaps the two players who have come from the farthest away from Ontario; Mexico’s Mauricio Azcue and Scotland’s Steven Smith. Azcue, a former number one ranked amateur in Mexico, and Smith, a star at Western Carolina, both finished their first round at 5 under par. Kim’s countryman and former Kent State star Brett Cairns, out of Courtland, managed to finish his round at 4 under par which put him into a tie for 4th with two of the NGA Tour’s top regulars, Delaware alum Justin Martinson and Virginia alum Mac McLaughlin. Martinson, out of Avondale, Pa., has pulled off two wins this season with victories at the Gates Four Classic and the King Cadillac Shootout, while McLaughlin, out of Cleveland, Ohio, finished runner-up at last week’s Seven Lakes NGA Classic.

 

Two other local Ontario golfers, each from opposite ends of the spectrum, finished at 3 under par and in a tie for seventh. Mississauga’s Greg Doherty, who starred at DePaul, was the Great Lakes Tour leading money winner last season while Waterloo’s Luke Moser, who is still competing for Troy, is playing in this week’s event as an amateur. Still seven other local Ontario competitors finished the day at 2 under par and are currently tied for ninth. The group includes local legend Christopher Ross, who starred at Eastern Michigan and dominated this past season’s NGA Tour Winter Series by winning 3 events in a row and running away with the tour’s money title. The six other local players are Georgia College alum Colton Kalkanis (Barrie), Gardner-Webb alum J.J. Regan (Burlington), Korean native Justin YW Kim (Hamilton), Indiana University of Penn alum Zack Kempa (Brantford), Drury alum Thomas Hay (Langley), and Louisville alum Sebastian Szirmak (Toronto) who has starred on the Great Lakes Tour the past two seasons.

 

Auburn alum and leading NGA Tour money winner Dominic Bozzelli, out of Pittsford, N.Y., finished at one over par and is currently tied for 16th with 7 other players including former PGA Tour player and Florida alum Will Strickler. James Madison alum and 2014 NGA Tour Pro Series winner Jay Woodson, out of Richmond , Virginia, is one of eight players at even par and tied for 24th. This group also includes Stratford native Brett Nymeyer who is currently 2nd on the Great Lakes Tour money and points lists.

 

Play in the 2014 Southern Ontario Open resumes Friday morning with round two tee times beginning at 7:30am on the championship Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington. Spectators are welcome and, as always, admission is free to the public. Round two tee times can be found at http://southernontarioopen.weebly.com/pairings.html

 

To learn more about the NGA Tour or the National Golf Association please visit www.ngatour.com or call 800-992-8748.

 

For full 2014 Southern Ontario Open 1st Round results visit:

http://southernontarioopen.weebly.com/live-scoring.html

 

PlayerHometownTotalR1
1Daniel KimToronto, ONT-665
T2Mauricio AzcueMexico City, MEX-566
T2Steven SmithKirknewton, Scotland-566
T4Brett CairnsCourtland, ONT-467
T4Justin MartinsonAvondale, PA-467
T4Mac McLaughlinCleveland, OH-467
T7Greg DohertyMississauga, ONT-368
T7Luke Moser (a)Waterloo, ONT-368
T9Christopher RossDundas, ONT-269
T9Colton KalkanisBarrie. ONT-269
T9JJ ReganBurlington, ONT-269
T9Justin YW KimHamilton, ONT-269
T9Sebastian SzirmakToronto, ONT-269
T9Thomas HayLangley, ONT-269
T9Zack KempaBrantford, ONT-269
T16Dominic BozzelliPittsford, NY-170
T16Eric HawerchukBarrie-170
T16James SeymourAurora-170
T16Joey HethermanBurlington-170
T16Justin SmithNoosaville-170
T16Marcelo RozoBogot-170
T16Ryan CorbinBrampton-170
T16Will StricklerDallas-170
T24Blake SnyderSeattleE71
T24Brendan BarrackTorontoE71
T24Brett NymeyerStratfordE71
T24David M ShemanNewmarketE71
T24Jake ScottMooresvilleE71
T24Jay WoodsonRichmondE71
T24Osama Khan (a)MississaugaE71
T24Ryan TerdikMt.PleasantE71
T32Craig HicksTecumseh172
T32Jarrod BarsamianPonte Vedra Beach172
T32Peter LawsMilton172
T32Spencer LawsonDavidson172
T32Steve RodriguezAjax172
T32Walter KeatingThunder Bay172
T38Alex CarriganGuelph273
T38Dan PaytonKeswick273
T38Greg HuxmanPinecrest273
T38Jim KeneskyWaterdown273
T38Joshua BambergerWaterloo273
T38Nicholas Powell (A)Toronto273
T38Spencer LaurieBlenheim273
T38Terry OBrienInnisfil273
T46Alan McleanLondon374
T46Andrew JensenOttawa374
T46Andrew LedgerToronto374
T46Andrew OkeFenelon Falls374
T46Braeden CrydermanHuntsville374
T46Julian JamesNorth Gower374
T46Russell BuddToronto374
T46Stephen GonkoSudbury374
T54Daniel BowlingMooretown475
T54Jon RondeauMaple475
T54Keaton Jones (a)Miller Lake475
T54Matt HoffmanThornhill475
T54Santiago QuirarteQueretaro475
T59David CrawfordHamilton576
T59James BrownParis576
T59Keegan TyersNewmarket576
T59Michael Petitti (a)Mississauga576
T59Mike Currie (A)Milton576
T59Ryan CurranThornton576
T65Brian CvetkovicBurlington677
T65Drew NesbittHorseshoe Valley677
T65Gianfranco GuidaMaple677
T68Dave EvansWaterdown778
T68Michael Murray (a)Thornhill778
T70Curtis Hartley (A)Orangeville879
T70Gregg Goddard (a)Burlington879
T70Izak FoucheBurlington879
T73Ben FergusonAncaster980
T73Gord ChiltonToronto980
T75Jonathan PigottThornhill1081
T75Michael Richards (a)Cobourg1081
T77Brent GayBurlington1182
T77John MaleySudbury1182
T77Paul Just (a)Aurora1182
80Blair Davies (a)Georgetown1384
81Jason FaubertBurlington1586
82Peter MattilaOttawa1788
83Jeff CunninghamParry Sound2091
 WDMarc Hames (a)Grosse Pointe- WD

 

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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