Mississauga, Ont. (RCGA, August 16, 2006) – Note to competitors at the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship – Richard Scott has found his groove. The defending champion from Kingsville, Ont. has solidified himself once again as the man to beat as he cruised to a third-round 4&3 victory over Victoria’s Craig Doell at the 102nd playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).
After struggling to find his game in qualifying medal play, Scott has found the match-play groove that guided him to a pair of Canadian Amateur titles in the past three years. After knocking out number-two seeded Kris Wasylowich in his morning match, Scott took care of Doell – his National Amateur teammate – to earn a berth in Thursday’s morning quarterfinal matches.
“I’m hitting the ball a lot better and am working on keeping my pace out there,” said Scott, whose previous Canadian Amateur victories came at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in 2003 and last year at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S. “My key to match play is taking it a hole at a time, trying to build momentum and concentrate on not giving holes away. When that happens I know I can (win) do it.”
Scott had help on the bag during his afternoon match as his University of Georgia teammate Chris Kirk offered to help shoulder the load. Kirk, the number-two ranked collegiate amateur, was upset in his morning match by long-hitting Calgary native Ryan Yip. Kirk isn’t the first big-name amateur to loop for Scott as the Kingsville native had a helping hand from former amateur standout James Lepp during last year’s Amateur victory.
Ryan Yip proved that his morning upset of the world-ranked Kirk was no fluke as he followed it up with an impressive 5&3 victory over Winnipeg’s Matthew Johnston during Wednesday’s afternoon round of 16.
2006 Canadian Junior Champion Nick Taylor of Abbottsford, B.C. is also sending a message to the country’s top amateurs as he continued his impressive run in his third round match. After knocking off last year’s Junior champion Mitchell Fox of Okotoks, Alta. in the morning, Taylor bested Dundas, Ont. native Christopher Ross 4&2 to advance to Thursday.
Taylor will look to copy Fox’s magical run from last year’s Amateur in Baddeck, N.S. that saw the former Junior Boys champion advance all the way to the semi-finals.
Local standout Greg Doherty of Mississauga had his own impressive run stopped Wednesday afternoon as the former Juvenile Boys champion lost out 6&4 to Australian Ashley Hall. Hall, the top-seeded player remaining in the championship will look to become the first non-Canadian to win the title since American Dillard Pruitt in 2002. Hall heads into Thursday as the lone remaining international competitor in the hunt for Canada’s national amateur title.
National Amateur Team member Graham DeLaet continues to cruise along at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club as the Weyburn, Sask. native knocked off Robbie Greenwell of Georgetown, Ont. 5&4.
DaLaet’s fellow National Amateur teammate James Love had his run ended Wednesday afternoon as Kevin Blue of Don Mills, Ont. beat out the long-hitting Calgary native 3&1.
The elite-eight from this year’s championship will tee it up Thursday morning as quarterfinal matches get underway at 7:30 am at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. Semi-final matches will follow in the afternoon as competitors hope to travel the Pathway to Champions that will see both the champion and runner up earn an exemption into the 2006 Canadian Open, September 4-10 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
The 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship helps to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the historic Mississaugua Golf and Country Club. Throughout its history, the club has proven itself among the most championship worthy layouts in all of Canada.
Admission all week to see Canada’s top amateur players battle for the national title at Mississaugua Golf and Country Club is free of charge.
The following are third-round afternoon match results for Wednesday, August 16 at the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
(8) Todd Halpen, Calgary, AB Def. 2&1 Mathieu Rivard, Granby, QC (9)
(23) Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC Def. 4&2 Christopher Ross, Dundas, ON (39)
(43) Ryan Yip, Calgary, AB Def. 5&3 Matthew Johnston, Winnipeg, MB (59)
(12) Kevin Blue, Don Mills, ON Def. 3&1 James Love, Calgary, AB (5)
(4) Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, SK Def. 5&4 Robbie Greenwell, Georgetown, ON (52)
(3) Ashley Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, AL Def. 6&4 Greg Doherty, Mississauga, ON (46)
(31) Richard Scott, Kingsville, ON Def. 4&3 Craig Doell, Victoria, BC (50)
(49) Kevin Crozier, Cornwall, PE Def. 2&1 Dustin Wetherup, Oshawa, ON (32)
The following are quarterfinal morning matches for Thursday, August 17 at the 2006 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
(3) Ashley Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, AL VS Ryan Yip, Calgary, AB (43)
(31) Richard Scott, Kingsville, ON VS Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC (23)
(4) Graham DeLaet, Weyburn, SK VS Kevin Blue, Don Mills, ON (12)
(49) Kevin Crozier, Cornwall, PE VS Todd Halpen, Calgary, AB (8)
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.
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