Canadian Club Champions: Wild Finish in Nova Scotia
01 Jul 2006

Baddeck, N.S. (RCGA) (July 1, 2006) – After numerous lead changes throughout the final day Geoff McMillan of Glencoe Golf & Country Club in Calgary climbed to the top of the pack and earned the Canadian Club Champion Championship at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S.

2006 Canadian Club Champion – Geoff McMillan
McMillan, who started the day tied for seventh, made an early move and held on as yesterday’s leader Rob Cowan of Kitchener, Ont. failed to defend his third-round lead. McMillan fired a final round 71 to finish with a total of 76-75-72-71—294 at six-over par for the week.

Cowan, Peter Campbell of host Bell Bay Golf Club, Andrew Ross of Dundas, Ont., representing Hamilton Golf & Country Club and Terry O’Brien of Tangle Creek Golf Club in Barrie, Ont., all finished tied for second place two-strokes behind at 296 in the wild finish.

The title was up for the taking as McMillan, O’Brien and Cowan all occupied the top position at various points on Friday. The entire championship was a shoot-out from start to finish with a new clubhouse leader each round. Michel Landry of Tracadie, N.B. representing Club de Golf Pokemouche in Caraquet, N.B. opened the tournament with a 70 while Phil Patterson of Prescott Golf Club in Prescott, Ont. took the lead during the second-day and Cowan held the lead after the third round.

The 27 year-old McMillan was able to birdie holes 1, 3 and 4 to move into position early and hold on as the field faltered due to on again, off again rain showers.

“I knew on the 18th tee that something was going on with the lead,” said McMillan, who started in the third-last group. “I figured if I could just par the final hole that it’d be good enough for a playoff. I missed a 20-foot birdie putt and tapped in a par. It was all I needed.”

McMillan, a two-time club champion who competed at the Canadian Club Champions Championship in 2003, was overwhelmed by his first national championship title.

“This is the biggest thing I’ve ever won. The guys back home are going to be pretty impressed by this and think it’s special. I’ve never really won anything outside my home club before so I’m ecstatic to be considered a national champion.”

Cowan is now the only person to be a three-time runner up without capturing the Canadian Club Champions Championship. He was a runner up in 2000, 2002 and now 2006. O’Brien is now a two-time runner up finishing second at last year.

With the win, McMillan earns an exemption to compete at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Mississaugua Golf & Country Club from August 11-18. Additionally, following the RCGA’s Pathway to Champions, if McMillan becomes a finalist in match-play at the Canadian Men’s Amateur he will earn an exemption into the Canadian Open played September 4-10 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ont.

The following are final round scores for Friday, June 30, 2006.

1 Geoff McMillan, Calgary, AB(Glencoe Golf & Country Club) 76-75-72-71--294
T2 Peter Campbell, Baddeck, NS(Bell Bay Golf Club) 71-76-76-73--296
T2 Andrew Ross, Dundas, ON(Hamilton Golf & Country Club) 71-73-75-77--296
T2 Rob Cowan, Waterloo, ON(Westmount Golf & Country Club) 72-75-71-78--296
T2 Terry O`Brien, Barrie, ON(Tangle Creek Golf Club) 72-74-74-76--296
6 Richard Ross, Uxbridge, ON(Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club) 76-76-74-71--297
T7 Michel Landry, Tracadie, NB(Club de Golf Pokemouche ) 70-79-75-74--298
T7 Donald Miyazaki, West Vancouver, BC(Quilchena Golf and Country Club) 72-75-75-76--298
T7 Leon Wayne Carter, River Bourgeois, NS(Dundee Resort Golf & Country Club) 74-72-74-78--298
10 Phil Patterson, Prescott, ON(Prescott Golf Club) 71-71-79-79--300
T11 Brian Sluggett, Victoria, BC(Uplands Golf Club) 74-75-76-77--302
T11 Marc-Étienne Bussières, Gatineau, QC(Club de Golf Rivermead) 77-71-77-77--302
T11 Jason Monteleone, Kelowna, BC(Kelowna Golf & Country Club) 76-82-67-77--302
T11 Jim Charlton, Salt Spring Island, BC(Salt Spring Island Golf & Country Club) 77-74-73-78--302
T11 Dan Partland, Bolton, ON(The National Golf Club of Canada) 77-75-71-79--302
16 Matthew McMahon, Brockville, ON(Brockville Country Club) 73-77-78-75--303
T17 Michael Zizek, Mississauga, ON(York Downs Golf & Country Club) 73-78-81-72--304
T17 Paul Morrow, Georgetown, ON(Devil`s Pulpit Golf Association) 74-76-77-77--304
T17 Steven Spicer, Dartmouth, NS(Brightwood Golf & Country Club) 79-78-70-77--304
T20 Chad Walker, St. Thomas, ON(St. Thomas Golf and Country Club) 75-78-77-75--305
T20 Kreg MacPhee, Penhold, AB(Innisfail Golf Club) 75-76-76-78--305
T22 Gudmund Lindbjerg, Port Moody, BC(Pitt Meadows Golf Club) 76-78-78-74--306
T22 Andrew Mitchell, North Vancouver, BC(Point Grey Golf and Country Club) 77-78-77-74--306
T22 Chris Kelos, Toronto, ON(Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club) 76-77-75-78--306
T22 Victor Ciesielski, Cambridge, ON(Galt Country Club) 80-71-78-77--306
T22 Nic Banfield, Halifax, NS(River Oaks Golf Club Ltd.) 73-77-76-80--306
27 Aaron Barrington, Sydney, NS(Seaview Golf & Country Club) 79-72-79-77--307
T28 Mark McBride, Ottawa, ON(Camelot Golf & Country Club) 78-78-77-76--309
T28 Bill Burns, Sydney, NS(Lingan Country Club) 78-74-75-82--309
30 Jeff Gibson, Calgary, AB(Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club) 76-79-73-82--310
31 Matthew Sim, Oakville, ON(Mississaugua Golf and Country Club) 77-84-75-75--311
T32 Chris MacKinnon, Port Coquitlam, BC(The Vancouver Golf CLub) 75-78-84-76--313
T32 Cam MacLachlan, Calgary, AB(Carnmoney Golf Club) 74-82-82-75--313
T32 Glenn Robinson, Lower Sackville, NS(Pin-Hi Golf Club) 83-79-76-75--313
T35 Lorne Campbell, Pender Harbour, BC(Pender Harbour Golf Club) 79-77-79-82--317
T35 Ben Proskiw, Kelowna, BC(The Okanagan Golf Club) 78-82-78-79--317
T35 Dwayne Heinrichs, Winnipeg, MB(Assiniboine Golf Club) 78-76-80-83--317
T35 Hugues Boisvert, St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC(Club de golf Napierville) 79-79-83-76--317
39 Michael Joyce, Peterborough, ON(Peterborough Golf & Country Club Ltd.) 82-77-76-83--318
T40 Dave Senger, Prince George, BC(Prince George Golf & Curling Club) 77-84-78-80--319
T40 Mitchell Harbora, Edmonton, AB(Windermere Golf & Country Club) 83-78-79-79--319
T42 Damien McCabe, Duncan, BC(Duncan Meadows Golf and Country Club) 82-77-75-86--320
T42 Steve Houle, Carlton Place, ON(Kanata Golf & Country Club) 73-81-84-82--320
T42 Ken Thompson, Nanaimo, BC(Nanaimo Golf Club) 76-86-80-78--320
T42 Matt Quinney, St. Albert, AB(Sturgeon Valley Golf & Country Club) 79-79-84-78--320
T46 Christopher Callihoo, Dorval, QC(Club de golf Vaudreuil) 79-81-75-86--321
T46 Darren MacPherson, Halifax, NS(Glen Arbour Golf Club) 78-78-82-83--321
T46 Francis Rivard, Montreal, QC(Club de Golf d`île de Montréal) 82-79-82-78--321
T49 Sylvain Mercier, Terrebonne, QC(Club de golf Terrebonne) 81-87-75-79--322
T49 Adrian Singh, Maple, ON(Glenway Country Club) 85-79-82-76--322
T51 Charles Fitzsimmons, Toronto, ON(Thornhill Country Club) 76-79-84-84--323
T51 JD Fitzgerald, Cambridge, ON(Galt Country Club) 79-80-82-82--323
T53 Michael Davis, Thornhill, ON(Lake Joseph Golf Club) 81-77-81-85--324
T53 Tony Feuz, London, ON(Riverbend Golf Community) 81-81-79-83--324
T53 Pat Harrison, Vernon, BC(Predator Ridge Golf Resort) 77-89-76-82--324
T56 Andrew Huntington, Sydney, NS(Cape Breton Highlands Golf Club Society) 80-82-79-84--325
T56 Greg Malazdrewicz, Calgary, AB(Pinebrook Golf & Country Club) 78-78-88-81--325
T56 Edward (Ted) Williams, Rama, ON(Hawk Ridge Golf Club) 85-85-76-79--325
T56 Gordon Hudson, Winnipeg, MB(Southwood Golf and Country Club) 79-84-83-79--325
T56 Noah Norton, Kahnawake, QC(Caughnawaga Golf Club) 76-81-90-78--325
T61 Paul Gortnar, Mississauga, ON(Caledon Woods Golf Club) 81-84-74-87--326
T61 Markku Peuhkurinen, Thunder Bay, ON(Fort William Country Club) 86-84-77-79--326
T63 Martin Mills, Kelowna, BC(Gallagher`s Canyon Golf & Country Club) 81-82-79-85--327
T63 Micheal Alderman, Georgetown, ON(Blue Springs Golf Club) 82-82-79-84--327
T63 Ralph Michaud, Presque Isle, ME(Aroostook Valley Country Club) 86-78-80-83--327
T66 Kevin Duncan, Calgary, AB(Lynx Ridge Golf Club) 81-85-76-87--329
T66 Ian Shopland, Tsawwassen, BC(Beach Grove Golf Club) 80-80-84-85--329
68 Robert MacDermott, Edmonton, AB(The Belvedere Golf and Country Club) 81-82-84-84--331
69 Garry Gill, Cowichan Bay, BC(Cowichan Golf & Country Club) 76-90-79-87--332
70 Gene Galarneau, Medicine Hat, AB(Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club) 83-80-82-91--336

-- missed cut --

T73 Ray Hogan, New Glasgow, NS (Abercrombie Country Club) 81-87-80--248
T73 Jordan Milne, Mew Minas, NS (Ken-Wo Country Club) 79-90-79--248
T73 Barry Catterall, Ajax, ON (Whitevale Golf Club) 85-86-77--248
T73 Richard Delisle, Châteauguay, QC (Club de Golf de Belle-Vue) 77-80-91--248
T73 Sabastien Deguire, Alexandria, ON (Glengarry Golf & Country Club) 82-79-87--248
T78 Paul Fewer, Timberlea, NS (Granite Springs Golf Club) 85-82-82--249
T78 Kevin Gloade, Truro, NS (Mountain Golf & Country Club) 85-83-81--249
T80 Kevin Benjamin, Bridgewater, NS (Osprey Ridge Golf Club) 82-82-86--250
T80 Colin Ongyerth, Calgary, AB (Silver Springs Golf & Country Club) 84-82-84--250
T80 Benoît Goudreault, Gatineau, QC (Club de Golf Mont Cascades) 84-84-82--250
T80 Pierre Deschênes, Baie-Comeau, QC (Club de golf Baie-Comeau) 88-83-79--250
T80 Randy Koppa, Courtenay, BC (Glacier Greens Golf Club) 84-87-79--250
T85 Mark Murphy, Wetaskiwin, AB (Wetaskiwin Golf Club) 82-85-84--251
T85 Luc Richard, Dieppe, NB (Fox Creek Golf Club) 86-88-77--251
T85 William Gilbert, Prince George, BC (Aberdeen Glen Golf Course) 76-83-92--251
T85 William Eddy, Vancouver, BC (Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club) 87-74-90--251
T89 Ritchie MacDonald, Sydney, NS (Breton Players Golf Club) 89-78-85--252
T89 Peter McCarthy, Morrisdale, NB (Westfield Golf & Country Club) 88-82-82--252
91 Donald Poirier, St-Georges, QC (Club de Golf St-Georges) 91-82-80--253
T92 Michael Furlong, St. John`s, NF (The Bally Haly Golf & Curling Club) 83-83-88--254
T92 Sean Walker, Dartmouth, NS (Metro Players Golf Club) 91-85-78--254
T92 Laurent Giroux, Valleyfield, QC (Club de Golf Rivière-Rouge) 87-84-83--254
T95 Barry Cooke, Toronto, ON (Royal Woodbine Golf Club) 84-83-88--255
T95 Peter Nabi, Ottawa, ON (Mountain Creek Golf Club) 83-87-85--255
T97 Brian Affleck, Sutherlands River, NS (Glen Lovat Golf Club) 84-87-85--256
T97 Durant D`Intino, London, ON (Highland Country Club) 89-83-84--256
T99 Andrew Senior, Mississauga, ON (Wyldewood Golf and Country Club) 93-81-83--257
T99 Bruno DuBreuil, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC (Pinegrove Country Club) 84-89-84--257
T99 Timothy Nadon, Newmarket, ON (Pheasant Run Golf Club) 78-92-87--257
T102 Michael Read, Edson, AB (Edson Golf & Country Club) 86-90-82--258
T102 Brian Léger, Moncton, NB (Pine Needles Golf and Country Club) 87-86-85--258
T104 Ian Dance, Mississauga, ON (Glen Abbey Golf Club) 86-81-92--259
T104 Jeff Bray, Lennoxville, QC (The Old Lennoxville Golf Club) 88-82-89--259
T106 Kevin Revell, Gilford, ON (Sleepy Hollow Country Club) 92-88-81--261
T106 Howie Wark, Burlington, ON (Rattle Snake Point Golf Club) 93-81-87--261
108 Bob Lee, Saskatoon, SK (Wildwood Golf Course) 91-85-86--262
T109 Victor Istchenko, Whitehorse, YU (Mountain View Golf Course) 93-86-84--263
T109 David Lai, Thunder Bay, ON (Thunder Bay Country Club) 90-87-86--263
111 John Sired, Winnipeg, MB (Wildewood Club) 88-90-86--264
T112 Brian Melanson, Comeauville, NS (Clare Golf & Country Club) 91-93-81--265
T112 Jeff Matheson, Halifax, NS (Glen Afton Golf Club) 89-84-92--265
T114 Moise Beaudin, Ormstown, QC (Club de golf Ormstown) 91-95-81--267
T114 Randy Strang, Vernon, BC (Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club) 93-82-92--267
116 Roger Perry, Welland, ON (Rolling Meadows Golf & Country Club) 96-83-90--269
117 Andy Sehmi, Mississauga, ON (Lionhead Golf & Country Club) 93-98-79--270
118 John Seymour, Kanata, ON (Cedarhill Golf & Country Club) 87-90-94--271
T119 David Webber, Enfield, NS (The Links at Penn Hills) 93-96-83--272
T119 Wayne MacDonald, Inverness, NS (LePortage Golf Camp) 94-90-88--272
121 Won Kap Chung, Moncton, NB (Magnetic Hill Golf Club) 96-92-91--279
122 Gerry Pion, Knowlton, QC (Inverness (Club de Golf)) 103-94-90--287
123 John Atkinson, Parrsboro, NS (Parrsboro Golf Club) 105-92-94--291

DNS Jordan Batten, Lakeshore, ON (Beach Grove Golf and Country Club)
WD Marcellin Tremblay, Terrebonne, QC (Club de Golf Le Boisé)
WD Gerald Dallas, Rawdon, QC (Club de Golf Joliette)
WD Mike Henderson, Brookfield, NS (Brookfield Golf and Country Club)
WD Steve McLean, Goose Bay, NF (Amaruk Golf & Sports Club)
WD Matthew Matheson, Dartmouth, NS(Oakfield Golf & Country Club)
WD John Behan, Whitby, ON(Magna Golf Club)

To qualify for entry into the Canadian Club Champions Championship, a player must have won either his club’s stroke or match play championship. The championship was conducted at stroke play over 72 holes and after 54 holes the field was cut to the low 70 scores and ties.

A full listing of players and post-round results can be found on the RCGA website at www.rcga.org.

The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members at over 1550 clubs across the country. Some of the RCGA’s core services include the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating, support of turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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