Kurtis Barkley of Williamsburg, Ont,,and Natasha Stasiuk of Oakville, Ont., both completed wire-to-wire victories on Friday to capture their respective stroke play divisions in the inaugural All Abilities Championship at Humber Valley Golf Course in Toronto.
Barkley jumped to the early lead with an opening round 69 and followed that up on Friday with a three-under 67—the lowest score of the tournament.
“I usually set little goals and I try to minimize my mistakes. I try to play one hole at a time,” said Barkley, who is ranked No. 12 in the World Gross Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD). “Fairways and greens, give yourself some opportunities and if your putts are going in, good things can happen.”
The win extends a recent stretch of great play from Barkley, who also won his third consecutive title at the Ontario Disability Championship a week prior.
In the women’s stroke play event, Stasiuk carded rounds of 85-90 to finish at 35 over par.
“Even though I know I didn’t have the best scores. I never give up,” said Stasiuk, who also collected her third consecutive title at the Ontario Disability Championship last week.
The 36-hole event also featured a net stableford division.Tess Trojan of St. Catharines, Ont., emerged as champion in the women’s side, recording a total of 48 points while Stasiuk finished with 32.
On the men’s side, Glenn Babcock of Thornhill, Ont., captured the victory with a total of 72 points. Trailing him were Neil Washer (Trenton, Ont.) with 68 points and Barkley with 67 points.
The final leaderboards are here.