TORONTO, Canada — Billy Kennerly capped off a six-stroke win at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship with a final-round 70, granting the former Clemson University golfer a special exemption into the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event.
“It’s really nice to win, especially the Canadian Amateur,” Kennerly told Golf Canada. “It’s a huge tournament and a national championship is always nice. On top of that, to win where Arnold Palmer won his first tournament, that’s really special and something I’ll never forget. I’m honored to be the Canadian Amateur champion.”
Kennerly, who finished his final year as a member of the Clemson Tigers golf team this May, opened with consecutive rounds of four-under par 68 at Weston Golf & Country Club and Lambton Golf & Country Club, which gave him a share of the 36-hole lead alongside Ben Eccles of Australia and Eric Banks of Canada. But the Alpharetta, Ga. native remained the most consistent player during the tournament, firing 69 and 70 in the final two rounds, played at Weston, to win by six over three players tying for second at six-under 281.
The 2014 Canadian Mid-Amateur winner and 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Garrett Rank, a native of Canada, carded 67 during Thursday's final round to jump into the three-way tie for second place. He joined Duke University golfer Jake Shuman and soon-to-be Tennessee freshman Hugo Bernard of Canada.
Kevin Carrigan of Canada shot the low round of the day with nine birdies in a 7-under performance. The Victoria, B.C. native finished in a five-way tie for sixth place with Patrick Murphy.