FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNIOR TYSON TOUR CANCELS 2020 SEASON

CANADA'S OLDEST CONTINOUS JUNIOR TOUR LOOKS FORWARD TO 2021 SEASON


March 19, 2020 (London, ONT) - Today, the committee of the Junior Tyson Tour (est. 1968) announces that due to the events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Tour will not stage any of its scheduled 2020 tournaments.

This year was to mark the Tyson Tour's 53rd consecutive season. Ten events were scheduled, launching with the July 6 Ingersoll Open, and finishing with the Tyson Tour Invitational championship at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club on August 26. The season was to include the annual two-day Les Thomas Memorial tournament July 27-28 at Thames Valley and Fanshawe golf clubs.

Tyson Tour convenor Steve Bennett, director of golf with the City of London municipal golf system, said with safety the Tour's first concern, and with social distancing policies and procedures taking different forms at golf clubs in Southwestern Ontario, cancelling the season was the only choice to be made.

"The Tyson Tour committee is heartbroken over its decision, but the well-being of our junior golfers is our only concern at this time. Tournaments, from junior golf to the PGA Tour, have been cancelled around the globe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Logistics for tournament golf are unclear at best at present, so the committee will now focus on delivering the 2021 season," Bennett said.

Initially, the Tyson Tour had delayed registration until June 1. But Bennett said as time progressed during these unprecedented times, the committee felt strongly about making its decision now, rather than later.

"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," Bennett added. "We are the oldest tour in Canada with organized competitive golf for kids. It's a grassroots development to get kids introduced to competitive golf. And over the years we have 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 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. When Tyrrell left for Winnipeg in 1978, he handed the Tyson Tour reigns to retired, long-time Thames Valley head professional Fred Kern. He operated the tour until 2009. Andy Shaw was convenor before Bennett took over in 2016.

Contested since 1981, the Les Thomas tournament carries the name of the former Golf Ontario director, and commissioner of London's Public Utilities Commission in the 1970s. Like Bennett, Thomas was a huge supporter of junior golf. Mike Weir captured back-to-back Les Thomas tourneys in 1986-87.

Said Bennett, "We'll all get through this together, and we'll come back even stronger in 2021."

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Contact Junior Tyson Tour Convenor Steve Bennett at our contact page





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, LondonOntarioGolf.com (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. LondonOntarioGolf.com 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 news@londonontariogolf.com.



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

Bantam
Logan Battersby

Juvenile
John Orlebar

Junior
Ben Landers

Girls
Jillian Friyia


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