Windsor, Ont. – Kurtis Barkley of Williamsburg, Ont. and Natasha Stasiuk of Oakville, Ontario. both completed wire-to-wire victories to defend their respective Gross Stroke Play titles at the second annual Canadian All Abilities Championship presented by BDO and hosted at the Essex Golf and Country Club in Windsor, Ontario.
Barkley followed up a 4-under 67 opening round with an even par 71 on Wednesday to finish the championship at 4-under 138, a shot better than second-place finisher Chris Willis of Aurora, Ontario. whose round of 1 under 70 was the lowest round of the day.
“The conditions were fantastic from tee to green. It’s a ball attack course, you know, tee to green, which I’m usually pretty good at. I think I hit 14 greens today and 17 yesterday, so it definitely suited my game,” said Barkley, a member of Cedar Glen Golf Course who finished No. 1 in the championship. 6 on the World Ranking for Disabled Golfers (WR4GD). “I played smart in percentage terms and Kris is a great player. I fought with him in Ontario and I’m looking forward to many fights with this guy.”
Rounding out the top five behind Barkley (67-71-138) and Willis (69-70-139) was Jesse Florkowski of Medicine Hat, Alta. (73-72-145), Michael Pisaric of Fort Erie, Ontario. (77-77-154) and local product Kevin Delaney of Windsor (76-81-157).
The victory marks back-to-back wins in the men’s Gross Stroke Play division for 34-year-old Barkley, who won the inaugural Canadian All Abilities Championship at Toronto’s Humber Valley Golf Club in 2021. Barkley’s impressive season also includes a win at the 2022 Ontario Disability Championship in July, his fourth straight win at the provincial event.
In the women’s Gross Stroke Play division, defending champion Natasha Stasiuk carded rounds of 84-82 and finished 24 to 166. The 24-year-old native of Oakville, Ontario finished 13 strokes ahead of runner-up Tess Trojan of St. Catherine, Ont. (91-88-179).
“It feels pretty awesome and amazing,” said Stasiuk, who also clinched her fourth straight Ontario Disability Championship title earlier this summer. “It was a difficult situation. It was back to back with Tess on the back nine. I’ve worked a lot on my game, on my mental game. I went to Pinehurst in July and it helped me prepare.”
For the Women’s Net Stableford Competition, Trojan, a Golf Canada public, accumulated 39 Stableford points for the tournament with a total of 74 Stableford points in the second round to defend her division title. Trojan finished 20 points ahead of Stasiuk, who had 28 points and a total of 54 Stableford points in the tournament on Wednesday.
In the men’s Net Stableford competition, local favorite Delaney, a member of Windsor’s Pointe West Golf Club, amassed 35 Stableford points on Wednesday to finish with 75 total points for the championship, two ahead of Pisaric (73). Rounding out the top 5 were Randall Mackus of Prince George, BC, (72) in third and Willis in fourth (71) with Vic McLelland of High River, Alta. and Kristian Hammerback of Winnipeg, Man. in a share of fifth at 70 Stableford points.
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A total of 39 players, regardless of disability classification, competed over 36 holes in four divisions – Women’s Gross Stroke Play; women’s net Stableford; men’s coarse counting game; and Men’s Net Stableford.
As a legacy of the second annual Canadian All Abilities Golf Championship, Golf Canada was proud to donate a SoloRider (adaptable para-golfer’s golf equipment) to the City of Windsor to assist golfers with a disability. The SoloRider is used at the Roseland Golf & Curling Club.
A venue for the 2023 Canadian All Abilities Championship will be announced at a later date.
The Canadian All Abilities Championship was held on September 13-14 as a 36-hole competition that featured players from Canada and the United States with neurological, intellectual, sensory, and physical disabilities. The competition, which was first held at the Humber Valley Golf Course in 2021, supports Golf Canada’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and respectful sporting environment across the Canadian golf community.
Golf Canada has worked with several partner organizations at the Canadian All Abilities Championship, including Special Olympics Canada, Blind Golf Canada, Canadian Amputee Golf Association, Emeritus Golf, The R&A, EDGA, and others, to ensure athletes had inclusive and fair competition becomes .