Canadian Amateur: Top Seed Wins Opening Match
15 Aug 2006
see also: Canadian Men's Amateur Golf Championship, Toronto Golf Club


Mississauga, Ont. (RCGA - August 15, 2006) – Top seeded Mark Leon continued to roll at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club as the Brampton, Ont. native topped Leon Carter of River Bourgeois, N.S. 4&2 to advance to the round of 32 at the 102nd playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Second-seed Kris Wasylowich of Lethbridge, Alta., who shared co-medalist honours with Leon also cruised to an opening-round victory knocking off American Jamie Miller 5&4.

Defending champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. looks to be settling into his match play grove as he tuned up for the round of 32 with a 1-UP victory over John-Henry MacDonald of Cherry Valley, ON. One of this country’s finest match play competitors, Scott is looking to become only the sixth player to win three Earl Grey Cups.

In all, 29 Canadian competitors are still in the hunt to hoist the Earl Grey Cup. International players advancing include American Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Georgia, Josh Geary of New Zealand and Australian Ashley Hall.

In a battle between a pair of Quebec’s Willingdon Cup team members, National Amateur team member Kevin Fortin-Simard of Roberval, Que. continues to haunt Matthew McMahon of Brockville, Ont. The nightmare for McMahon continued Tuesday as Fortin-Simard cruised to a 6&5 victory. Earlier this summer, Fortin-Simard also edged out McMahon in a playoff to win the Quebec Men’s Amateur title.

Victoria native Craig Doell had an unfortunate bye into the second round of match play as his would-be competitor Marc-Étienne Bussières of Gatineau, QC was forced to withdraw from the championship after sustaining an injury in a car accident Monday night. Bussières, who was not seriously injured in the accident, was physically unable to compete in his match.

Nick Taylor of Abbottsford, B.C. continues to ride the momentum of his walk away victory at last week’s Canadian Junior Boys Championship with a 4&3 victory over 2005 Amateur runner-up Marc Bourgeois of Dieppe, N.B. Fellow National Junior Team member Mitchell Fox of Okotoks, Alta. also advanced with a 2&1 victory over Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC

In a finish reminiscent of the 2003 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, Ryan Lecuyer of Edmonton, Alta. ousted Kevin Dore of Dundas 4&3 to advance to Wednesday’s second round of match play. The pair had squared off three years earlier in Calgary as Lecuyer edged out Dore by a single stroke to take home the 2003 junior boys title.

London, Ont. native Andrew Parr tasted disappointed at the hands of Calgary’s Ryan Yip as the 2006 Ontario Men’s Amateur champion fell 4&2 in his morning match.

In one of the days most intriguing matchups, Graham Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., got past Canadian Amateur legend Doug Roxburgh of Vancouver 5&4. Hill, a member of the Canada’s National Amateur Team stood fast against the four time Amateur champion and member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame to advance to Wednesday’s second round.

Hill’s younger brother Matt, the 2005 Canadian Juvenile Champion who rolled all the way to the semi-finals of last year’s Men’s Amateur couldn’t repeat his feat at the renowned Mississaugua layout losing his opening-round match 2&1 to Dustin Wetherup.

Scott and Dale Geohring of Calgary are the lone remaining past Amateur champions in this year’s event. Goehring got past fellow Calgary native Sean Foley on the 21st hole. Former champions not advancing are Roxburgh and 2004 winner Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. who fell 3&2 to Todd Halpen of Victoria.

The second round of match play for the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship gets underway Wednesday morning at 7:30 am. The round of 16 matches will take place Wednesday afternoon.

The following are opening-round match results for Tuesday, August 15 at the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

(32) Dustin Wetherup, Oshawa, ON Def. 2&1 Matt Hill, Brights Grove, ON (33) (31) Richard Scott, Kingsville, ON Def. 1-UP John-Henry MacDonald, Cherry Valley, ON (34) (30) Mark Sommerfeld, Waterloo, ON Def. 21st Hole Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, ON (35) (36) Ryan Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB Def. 3&2 Kevin Dore, Dundas, ON (29) (37) Jordan Irwin, Calgary, AB Def. 4&3 Gary Young, Palm Desert, CA (28) (27) Dale Goehring, Calgary, AB Def. 21st Hole Sean Foley, Calgary, AB (38) (39) Christopher Ross, Dundas, ON Def. 7&6 William Hutcheson, Richmond Hill, ON (26) (25) Ryan Swelin, Sundre, AB Def. 3-UP Peter Campbell, Baddeck, NS (40) (41) Josh Geary, Tauronga, NZ Def. 6&4 Darren Roach, Quispamsis, NB (24) (23) Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC Def. 4&3 Marc Bourgeois, Dieppe, NB (42) (43) Ryan Yip, Calgary, AB Def. 4&2 Andrew Parr, London, ON (22) (21) David Williamson, Halifax, NS Def. 2-UP John Saari, Lilburn, GA (44) (20) Keven Fortin-Simard, Roberval, QC Def. 6&5 Matthew McMahon, Brockville, ON (45) (46) Greg Doherty, Mississauga, ON Def. 2&1 Mitch Ellis, Vancouver, BC (19) (18) Louis-Pierre Godin, Champlain, QC Def. 3&2 Nathan Ward, Summerland, BC (47) (48) James Allenby, Langley, BC Def. 1-UP Bryan Toth, Victoria, BC (17) (49) Kevin Crozier, Cornwall, PE Def. 1-UP Rafael Lee, Burnaby, BC (16) (50) Craig Doell, Victoria, BC BYE Marc-Étienne Bussières, Gatineau, QC (WD) (15) (14) Graham Hill, Brights Grove, ON Def. 5&4 Doug Roxburgh, Vancouver, BC (51) (52) Robbie Greenwell, Georgetown, ON Def. 3&2 Michael McKenzie, Cambridge, ON (13) (12) Kevin Blue, Don Mills, ON Def. 2&1 Dan Keogh, Toronto, ON (53) (11) Chris Kirk, Woodstock, GA Def. 7&6 Tyler Tarney, Galena, OH (54) (10) Mitchell Fox, Okotoks, AB Def. 2&1 Greg Machtaler, Summerland, BC (55) (9) Mathieu Rivard, Granby, QC Def. 4&3 Roger Sloan, Merritt, BC (56) (8) Todd Halpen, Victoria , BC Def. 3&2 Darren Wallace, Langley, BC (57) (7) Dustin Zhang, Calgary, AB Def. 4&3 Tyler McDannold, Ancaster, ON (58) (59) Matthew Johnston, Winnipeg, MB Def. 1-UP Andrew Ross, Dundas, ON (6) (5) James Love, Calgary, AB Def. 2&1 Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON (60) (4) Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, SK Def. 7&5 John J. Tyler , Novi, MI (61) (3) Ashley Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, AL Def. 1-UP Tarik Can, Manhasset , NY (62) (2) Kris Wasylowich, Lethbridge, AB Def. 5&4 Jamie Miller, Silver Creek, NY (63) (1) Mark Leon, Brampton, ON Def. 4&2 Leon Carter, River Bourgeois, NS (64)

The following are second-round morning matches for Wednesday, August 16 at the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

(48) James Allenby, Langley, BC VS Kevin Crozier, Cornwall, PE (49) (18) Louis-Pierre Godin, Champlain, QC VS Craig Doell, Victoria, BC (50) (14) Graham Hill, Brights Grove, ON VS Greg Doherty, Mississauga, ON (46) (20) Keven Fortin-Simard, Roberval, QC VS Robbie Greenwell, Georgetown, ON (52) (12) Kevin Blue, Don Mills, ON VS David Williamson, Halifax, NS (21) (11) Chris Kirk, Woodstock, GA VS Ryan Yip, Calgary, AB (43) (10) Mitchell Fox, Okotoks, AB VS Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC (23) (9) Mathieu Rivard, Granby, QC VS Josh Geary, Tauronga, NZ (41) (8) Todd Halpen, Victoria , BC VS Ryan Swelin, Sundre, AB (25) (7) Dustin Zhang, Calgary, AB VS Christopher Ross, Dundas, ON (39) (27) Dale Goehring, Calgary, AB VS Matthew Johnston, Winnipeg, MB (59) (5) James Love, Calgary, AB VS Jordan Irwin, Calgary, AB (37) (4) Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, SK VS Ryan Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB (36) (3) Ashley Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, AL VS Mark Sommerfeld, Waterloo, ON (30) (2) Kris Wasylowich, Lethbridge, AB VS Richard Scott, Kingsville, ON (31) (1) Mark Leon, Brampton, ON VS Dustin Wetherup, Oshawa, ON (32)

Live scoring and match play seedings for the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship are available on-line at www.rcga.org.

The prestigious Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship runs from August 11-18 and crowns Canada’s top male amateur golfer. The 2006 edition of the championship also helps celebrate the centennial anniversary of the historic Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. The picturesque layout has set the stage for many of Canadian golf’s finest moments and is long-renowned as one of this country’s most championship-worthy tests of golf.

As part of the RCGA’s Pathway to Champions, the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship will also see a pair of exemptions earned into the 2006 Canadian Open. Both the champion and runner-up will compete against the PGA Tour’s finest September 4-10 when Canada’s national Open championship marks its much-anticipated return to the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

The championship consists of both stroke and match play. The stroke-play portion of the event will be played over 36 holes. The field will be reduced to 64 players after 36 holes qualifying for the match play portion of the championship with the 36-hole final match set for Friday, August 18.

ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN GOLF ASSOCIATION 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.


Dan Pino Manager, Media and Public Relations Royal Canadian Golf Association (c) 416-434-5525 (e) dpino@rcga.org

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