In a year that has been trying for Robbie Greenwell, a return to the Great Lakes Tour at an event where he closed with a 62 last year might just turn his year around.
Greenwell, who now resides in Victoria, B.C., but was raised in Georgetown, Ontario, put bookend rounds of 63 and 64 on his week at the Southern Ontario Open to earn a much-needed victory.
Currently playing the Mackenzie Tour with only conditional status, Greenwell has not made any starts on the bigger tour this year through Monday qualifying. Judging by his play this week on the Great Lakes Tour, he need not be discouraged. And now he has earned his way into an event on the PGA Tour affiliated circuit.
The 31 year-old pro tucked in rounds of 72 and 66 in the middle of the tournament to complete his 265 (-19) total on the NEW Course at Hidden Lake in Burlington.
That was enough to secure a two-stroke victory over David Sanders of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Mitch Sutton of London, Ontario took third with a score of -16.
“This is a good win for me. Obviously Hidden Lake really suits my game and the course was in great shape all week. I feel comfortable here,” said Greenwell shortly after his win. “I’ve been playing well all season, but it’s nice to by-pass a Monday Qualifier and plan my week in Montreal. (He earned an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval July 17-23, 2017) Having that exemption available was a huge motivator this week.”
On top of the exemption Greenwell also took home $8,000.
The current leader of the Great Lakes Tour Order of Merit presented by Roll ReadyTM at the conclusion of the Southern Ontario Open also received an exemption into the Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval. Brendan Leonard of Cambridge (ON) will receive the exemption even though he missed the cut at Hidden Lake. Leonard built a solid lead with a win and four top 5’s so far this season on the Great Lakes Tour.
The next stop on the Great Lakes Tour is the Lindsay Championship at Oliver’s Nest GC July 20-21.