May 13, 2021 (London, ONT) - Today, the committee of the Junior Tyson Tour (est. 1968) announces they have cancelled the 2021 season.

The COVID-19 pandemic also saw the Tyson Tour cancel its 2020 season. With the ongoing pandemic, coupled with today's announcement by Ontario Premier Doug Ford that golf courses will be closed at least until June 2, the committee again put the health and safety of junior golfers first and foremost.

"There remains so much uncertainty surrounding openings and closings, and the COVID-19 virus itself," said Tyson Tour convenor Steve Bennett, director of the City of London municipal golf system. "With June 2 now the Province's target opening date for Ontario golf courses, that puts a lot more strain on the planning process for our 2021 season."

In February, the Junior Tyson Tour had set a deadline of mid-April for a decision on whether or not the Tour would hold tournaments across Southwestern Ontario in 2021. The entire 2020 schedule was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One month ago, Bennett announced that the Tour was working closely with a group of its partner golf clubs in order to plan for a season which could have included a shorter list of area golf courses on the schedule, limited fields and widened tee times, as well as strict health and safety codes.

Today, Bennett said when golf courses open, demand for local tee times will keep local courses exponentially busy, and thus make it even more difficult for the Tyson Tour to fit into their schedules while still offering a proper schedule for the junior golfers.

"When we cancelled our 2020 schedule, none of us predicted that we would again have to cancel the entire season in 2021," said Bennett. "But with so much uncertainty surrounding the presence of COVID-19 variants, the Junior Tyson Tour committee continues to operate in the best interest of our junior golfers and all of our partners, including local golf clubs, volunteers and sponsors.

"However, the Junior Tyson Tour is strongly encouraged by the fact that the local golf community remains passionate about the game, and we are certain that when golf returns, the Tyson Tour will return stronger than ever."

Golfers and parents are encouraged to visit the Tour website for updates on the 2022 season - the Tour's 53rd season.


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Contact Junior Tyson Tour Convenor Steve Bennett at our contact page

About The Junior Tyson Tour
In 1968, former London Free Press sports writer, Bev Tyrrell, established the Tour which borrows its name from the Ty in Tyrrell, and the son part from his twin boys, Tim and Tom. For more than half a century, the Junior Tyson Tour has provided junior golfers in Southwestern Ontario with an opportunity to compete in a tournament setting, while learning life's lessons through golf. It's the oldest tour in Canada with organized competitive golf for kids. The Tour has awarded more than $100,000 in bursaries, including bursaries from Canada Life in 2019, and most recently support from the Golf and Club Management Program at Fanshawe College in London.

For more than half a century, the Junior Tyson Tour has provided junior golfers in Southwestern Ontario with an opportunity to compete in a tournament setting, while learning life's lessons through golf. We very much welcome the kind provision of partial golf scholarships of $500 for our top male golfer and $500 for our top female golfer to attend the Golf & Club Management Program at Fanshawe College. And with the program also providing all of our winners with prizes at the Tyson Tour invitational championship at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club, it's just another example of how the local community has strongly supported the Tyson Tour for more than 50 years.

Tournament Entry Deadlines

All tournament applications must be received at least 7 days in advance, from the date of the tournament. After the closing date on line you must call the golf course the event will be played at to ask if there are spots still available and pay at the tournament site on the day of play.

2019 Champions

Bantam - Logan Battersby
Girls - Jillian Friyia
Junior - Ben Landers
Juvenile - John Orlebar

2019 Tour Champion

Ben Landers

You can see the 2019 Junior Tyson Tour pictures in our Image Gallery

Pee Wee Division Returns for 2020

The tour is excited to announce the continuation of a "Pee Wee" division (9-holes only) for boys and girls ages 7 - 11. The idea behind this new category is to introduce novice players to tournament golf. The target group for this "3" event series are young golfers that may not be ready for the full 18-hole "big" golf courses. Unlike the regular tour format, there will not be any "points" awarded. The focus for these tournaments is to have fun in a stress free environment.

The cost for each event will be $20, which includes golf, a welcome gift, minimal prizing, and a hot dog and drink upon completion of play.

We are reaching out to parents/guardians asking for volunteers for these three days. The hope is to have one adult walk around with each group to help with proper scoring and on-course etiquette.

Our mandate is to simply grow the game of golf and make it accessible for youngsters in the London and surrounding area. If you or someone you know is interested in lending a hand, please contact the Thames Valley Golf Course at 519-661-4440.

Again this season, (est. 2004) is supporting the Junior Tyson Tour with photographs. Staff will be on hand at both Thames Valley Golf Club, and Fanshawe Golf Club during the 2018 Les Thomas Memorial Tournament, and at the season-ending 2018 championship invitational at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club. will be taking photos of the winners, as well as publishing stories on the events. Parents of the winners who wish to obtain those photos in electronic form, free of charge, may contact

Ontario Summer Games

The Tyson Tour will be entering a Team into the 2020 Ontario Summer Games. The team will consist of 9 players chosen from the Junior Tyson Tour to participate. Qualifier dates are July 30, 31 August 1, 2 at Firerock.

Registration to join the tour is free!

No refunds for tournaments after June 15th
2020 payment can be made online for each tournament, or one cheque can be sent to Steve Bennett at Thames Valley Golf Course at: 850 Sunninghill Ave., London Ontario, N6H 3L9 C/O Tyson Tour

2020 Tournament Schedule

EventDate Event Start TimeEntry Fee
Mon, July 6 Ingersoll Junior Open 8:30am Shotgun$45
Mon, July 13 St. Marys Open 8:30am Shotgun$45
Mon, July 20 Highland Junior Open 8:30am Shotgun$45
Tue, July 21 Sarnia Junior Open 11:52am Tee Times - Split Tees (60 entries)$45
Wed, July 22 West Haven Junior Open 8:00am Shotgun (72 entries)$45
Mon, July 27 Les Thomas Day 1 (Thames) 8:30am Shotgun$55
Tue, July 28 Les Thomas Day 2 (Fanshawe) 8:30am ShotgunIncluded
Thu, August 6 St. Thomas Junior Open 8:30am Shotgun$45
Wed, August 12 Greenhills Junior Open 2:00pm Shotgun$45
Tue, August 18 River Road Junior Open 8:30am Shotgun$45
Wed, August 26 Sunningdale Tour Championship Invitation Only$45

2020 Pee-Wee Schedule

Date Event Start TimeEntry Fee
Sat, July 4 Thames Valley Hickory 99:00 Tee Times$20
Sat, July 18 Thames Valley Hickory 99:00 Tee Times$20
Sat, August 15 Thames Valley Hickory 99:00 Tee Times$20

2019 Champions

Logan Battersby

John Orlebar

Ben Landers

Jillian Friyia