Indigenous Ontario Championship set to return to Six Nations this weekend

SIX NATIONS — The Indigenous Ontario Championship held its inaugural event last fall at the Six Nations of the Grand River territory within the MontHill Golf and Country Club.

The multi-day tournament marked the first Open Provincial Championship in Canada for Indigenous golfers and featured golf athletes from across North America, and representing 41 diverse Indigenous communities.

In 2022, the Net Men’s Overall Division saw three Six Nations based medalists including John Monture Sr., with gold, Matt Jamieson with silver, and bronze for Scott Hill.

For Senior Mens, John Monture Sr., earned another gold medal, Ted Williams of the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation won silver and Della Bomberry won bronze. For Junior Boys, Lucas Rogers of the Kettle Point First Nation won gold and Chad Styres of Six Nations won silver.

The Women’s Overall Division saw gold go to Cheryl Mitchell of the Walpole First Nation, silver to Melanie Burgess of the Metachewan First Nation, and bronze to Katheryn Corbiere of the Ojibway First Nation.

The Net Women’s Overall Division saw Savana Smith of the Delaware Nation win gold, Shari Hunt of the Saint Mary’s First Nation win silver, and Nancy Jamieson of the Moravian of the Thames First Nation win bronze. Savana Smith also won gold, the only medal, for the Junior Girls Division.

For the Senior Women’s Division, Kathy Jamison took gold, Shari Hunt took silver and Roxanne General took bronze.

This year, the tournament will return to Six Nations again this weekend.

As part of Golf Ontario’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion model “Golf For All,” the tournament is considered an exciting opportunity for high-performance and elite Indigenous athletes to compete at the provincial level.

The Indigenous Ontario Golf Championship uses 54 hole stroke play, and takes place from August 13-16. The competition held open registration for Ontario residents who are of First Nations, Métis, or Inuk descent. There will be both a Gross Championship division, and a Net Stableford division, and is open to men and women of all ages.

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