Junior Tyson Tour Returns, Announces 2022 Schedule

March 10, 2022 (London, ONT) - After a two-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Junior Tyson Tour (est. 1968) - Canada's oldest junior golf tour - returns in 2022.

Following the 2019 season, the Tour shut down operations as the pandemic saw much of society do the same. But today, the Junior Tyson Tour committee is excited to announce its 2022 schedule which will launch July 11 at West Haven Golf and Country Club, and conclude August 24 at the Junior Tyson Tour Championship at Sunningdale Golf and Country Club.

"Everyone involved with the Junior Tyson Tour has eagerly awaited this day, when we could announce that Canada's oldest junior golf tour was resuming its schedule," said Junior Tyson Tour convener Steve Bennett, director of the City of London municipal golf system.

Bennett said West Haven Golf and Country Club pro Scott Loosley is expected to take the reigns as convener in 2023, and would work with him this season during the transition.

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

This year, the Tour will offer five regular-season tournaments leading up to the Tour Championship. The tentative dates are as follows:
  • Monday, July 11 West Haven Golf and Country Club
  • Monday, July 18 Highland Country Club
  • Monday, July 25 Fanshawe Golf Club
  • Thursday, August 4 St. Thomas Golf and Country Club
  • Monday, August 15 Thames Valley Golf Club - Les Thomas Memorial Tournament
  • Wednesday, August 24 Sunningdale Golf and Country Club - Tour Championship
Each of the regular stops will be limited to a total field of 72 golfers, and all six events this year will offer a format of regular tee times. The five regular-season tournaments will allow for: 20 Bantam Boys (ages 10-13); 25 Juvenile Boys (ages 14-16); 15 Junior Boys (ages 17-18); and 12 Girls Division golfers (ages 12-18). If any of the divisions are not full for any of the regular stops, then that will allow for extra openings in the other divisions during those individual events.

Junior golfers will see their best three-of-five tournament scores and points count towards the march to the August 24 Tour Championship. That season-ending event will include 21 golfers total: the top six boys in each division; and the top three girls.

The annual Les Thomas Memorial Tournament, this year slated for Thames Valley Golf Club on August 15, has been reduced to one day instead of the traditional two-day event at the City of London’s Thames Valley and Fanshawe golf clubs. First staged in 1981, the tourney is named in honour of the former Golf Ontario director and commissioner of London’s Public Utilities Commission in the 1970s. Thomas was a big backer of junior golf in London and area.

In 1968, former London Free Press sports writer, Bev Tyrrell, established the Junior Tyson 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, and includes amongst its past winners 2003 Masters Tournament champion Mike Weir.

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. LondonOntarioSports.com supports the Tour with communications, in addition to publishing stories about the tournaments and competitors.

Registration is expected to open by mid-April - watch for updates at the Junior Tyson Tour website, JuniorTysonTour.com.

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.

2022 Champions

Girls - Andrea Lai
Junior - John Orlebar & Owen Henry
Bantam - Grayson Carter
Juvenile - (not contested)

2022 Tour Champions

John Orlebar & Owen Henry

You can see the 2022 Junior Tyson Tour pictures in our Image Gallery

Registration to join the tour is free!

No refunds for tournaments after June 15th
2022 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

2022 Tournament Schedule

EventDate Event Start TimeEntry Fee
Mon, July 11 West Haven Junior Open 7:30am$60
Mon, July 18 Highland Junior Open 8:00am$60
Mon, July 25 Fanshawe Junior Open 8:00am$55
Thu, August 4 St. Thomas Junior Open 8:00am$60
Mon, August 15 Thames Valley Junior Open 8:00am$55
Wed, August 24 Sunningdale Tour Championship Invitation Only$60

2022 Champions

Grayson Carter

(not contested)

John Orlebar & Owen Henry

Andrea Lai