Canadian Mid-Am: Two Share Opening Round Lead

Charlottetown, P.E.I. (August 23, 2005) -– Peter Malo of Beaconsfield, Que. and Garth Collings of Matlock, Man. fired matching four-under-par 68’s Tuesday at Belvedere Golf Club to share the opening-round lead at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

“I competed in the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship last week and played well so I would like to keep the momentum going,” said Malo, who finished runner-up in 2002 to seven-time champion Graham Cooke. “I’m really not thinking about my lead right now…the competition is extremely tough and anyone could win at this point.”

Collings low score on the day helped put his Manitoba team up by one-stroke going into the final round of the Inter-provincial team championship tomorrow.

“It was easy today…I didn’t get ahead of myself,” said Collings, who won the 2003 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship. “I’m just trying to help the team out at this point.”

Karl Parrington of Saskatoon, Sask. shot an opening-round three-under par 69 to sit alone in third while Bruce North of St. Norbert, Man., Mike Mannion of Gibsons, B.C., Michael Jackson of Collingwood, Ont. and Richard York of Fredericton, N.B. all shot 70 to tie for fourth.

Defending champion Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. had a rough day shooting an opening-round 82. Seven-time champion Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. finished the day with a brilliant chip-in for birdie and sits four-shots off the lead at 73. Host club President and P.E.I. team member Dave Shellington fired an opening-round 73 to sit tied for 17th.

In the hunt for the R. Bruce Forbes trophy, the Manitoba team of Collings (68), North (70), Dave Anderson of Winnipeg (74) and Mark Starodub of Selkirk (77) fired a team-total 212 to take a one-stroke lead into Wednesday’s final round of team play. Saskatchewan sits in second at 213 while defending champion New Brunswick is third at 215. The Canadian Mid-Amateur Inter-provincial team championship will wrap up Wednesday with the teams teeing off in the morning draw.

A complete list of players, starting times and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

The following are opening-round individual scores for Tuesday, August 23:

T1-Peter Malo-Beaconsfield, QC-68 Garth Collings-Matlock, MB-68 3-Karl Parrington-Saskatoon, SK-69 T4-Bruce North-St Norbert, MB-70 Mike Mannion-Gibsons, BC-70 Michael Jackson-Collingwood, ON-70 Richard York-Fredericton, NB-70 T8-Alan Gladwin-Bedford, NS-71 Jim Briggs-Fenwick, ON-71 Roddy Willis-Charlottetown, PE-71 Alan Stewart-Grande Prairie, AB-71 Bill Cameron-Duck Lake, SK-71 Darren Ritchie-Quispamsis, NB-71 T14-Gary Melanson-Woodstock, NB-72 David Schultz-Calgary, AB-72 John Archibald-Truro, NS-72 Rob Collins-Yarmouth, NS-72 Dale Kinnie-Moncton, NB-72 T19-Wally Keating-London, ON-73 Michael McGuire-Halifax, NS-73 Peter Stirling-Bedford, NS-73 Dave Shellington-Charlottetown, PE-73 Ernie Sheaves-Fort McMurray, AB-73 Dan Coulombe-Fredericton, NB-73 Senan Foley-Calgary, AB-73 Dimitri Neonakis-Halifax, NS-73 Harry Ferguson-Invermere, BC-73 Colin Coben-Delisle, SK-73 Tom Skinner-Red Deer, AB-73 Bob Brown-Fredericton, NB-73 Serge Dagenais-Vaudreuil - Dorion, QC-73 Graham Cooke-Hudson, QC-73 T33-Randall Oka-Montréal, QC-74 John Behan-Whitby, ON-74 Tom Hodgins-Newmarket, ON-74 David Buker-Calgary, AB-74 Al MacDonald-Charlottetown, PE-74 Todd Wiseman-Calgary, AB-74 Scott Dutton-Calgary, AB-74 Alexandre Lauzon-St-Eustache, QC-74 David Anderson-Winnipeg, MB-74 Paul Batchelor-Bedford, NS-74 Gerry MacMillan-Kingston, NS-74 Erwin Banks-Nictaux, NS-74 John Gallacher-Burnaby , BC-74 Mark Brewer-Pickering, ON-74 Ken Comeau-Riverview, NB-74 Bill Swartz-Georgetown, ON-74 Mel Murray-Fredericton, NB-74 T50-John Schurman-Summerside, PE-75 Robert Gibson-Toronto, ON-75 Edward Dumeah-Fall River, NS-75 John Hewlin-Bradenton, FL-75 Rick Burton-Fort McMurray, AB-75 Scott Taylor-Guelph, ON-75 Tim Yorke-Kensington, PE-75 Bob Skanes-Gander, NF-75 Steven Ward-New Minas, NS-75 Brent Armstrong-Winnipeg, MB-75 Ron Pearson-Kitchener, ON-75 T61-Don Swirhun-Edmonton, AB-76 Greg Ball-Dublin, OH-76 Norman Bradley-Kelowna, BC-76 Al Jensen-Ottawa, ON-76 Banks Scott-St. John`s, NF-76 Richard McCullough-Cornwall, ON-76 Brian Laubman-Edmonton, AB-76 Kenny Innis-Charlottetown, PE-76 Kelly Roberts-London, ON-76 T70-Fraser Keays-Beaford, NS-77 Chris Ingram-Brampton, ON-77 George McGuigan-Fort McMurray, AB-77 -John Taylor-Hallville, ON-77 Paul Harris-Vancouver, BC-77 Talbot (Rick) Gray-Enfield, NS-77 Richard Boudreau-l`île des Soeurs, QC-77 Rob Cowan-Waterloo , ON-77 Mark Starodub-Selkirk, MB-77 Ron Boyles-Charlottetown, PE-77 Robert Legros-Calgary, AB-77 T81-Michael Mahaney-Oakfield , NS-78 Robert Allan-Halifax, NS-78 Ron Vaive-Charlottetown, PE-78 Bill Enright-Windsor, NS-78 Derrick Forgeron-Porters Lake, NS-78 Dominic Belmonte-Whitby, ON-78 David Shupe-Halifax, NS-78 Bob Faulkner-St. John`s, NF-78 Frank Morris-Guelph, ON-78 James Jackson-Bridgewater, NS-78 Al Dube-Hammonds Plains, NS-78 Tom Dixon-Burnaby, BC-78 Yvan Rheault-Joliette, QC-78 Christopher Henri-Beaconsfield, QC-78 Cameron Hreljac-Bowmanville, ON-78 T96-Jeff Van Vliet-Dorchester, ON-79 Gary Ritchie-Yarmouth, NS-79 Paul Brown-Vancouver, BC-79 Brian McCulloch-Medicine Hat, AB-79 Jeff Cooke-Stratford, PE-79 Kevin Campbell-Red Deer, AB-79 Marty Koughan-Pownal, PE-79 Grant Somers-Summerside, PE-79 Rick Dodds-Hebron-Brampton, ON-79 Claude Charpentier-Sherbrooke, QC-79 T106-Jim McIlroy-Bowmanville, ON-80 Dave Webber-Dartmouth, NS-80 Cliff Lowrey Jr.-Amherst, NS-80 Robert Goss-Welland, ON-80 Michel Labelle-Ste-Anne des Lacs, QC-80 Rick Hallberg-Weyburn, SK-80 Yousef Hashmi-Charlottetown, PE-80 Daniel Leblanc-Clare, NS-80 T114-Paul Tidman-Kingston, NS-81 Kevin Banks-Kingston, NS-81 Brent Quinn-Ajax, ON-81 Ernest Corrigan-Charlottetown, PE-81 Jean Duguay-Lac Beauport, QC-81 Bruce Wilson-Burlington, ON-81 Richard Rousseau-Montréal, QC-81 T121-Chris Hughes-Halifax, NS-82 Joseph MacDonald-Mount Stewart, PE-82 Dave Roberts-St. John`s, NF-82 Mickey Batten-Chateauguay, QC-82 Sandy Chisholm-Dartmouth, NS-82 Michael McKenzie-Dartmouth, NS-82 Frank Van Dornick-Camrose, AB-82 T128-Jamie Vessey-Charlottetown, PE-83 John Havill-Hammonds Plains, NS-83 Jim Bursey-Kanata, ON-83 David Connolly-Cornwall, PE-83 Rick Walsh-Portuguese Cove, NS-83 David Hilchey-Bedford, NS-83 D. Glenn Llewellyn-Halifax, NS-83 Chuck Conley-Goose Bay, NF-83 Peter Nabi-Ottawa, ON-83 T137-Rick Anderson-Bowmanville, ON-84 Richard Page-Riverview, NB-84 Francois Veillette-Kingsey Falls, QC-84 Donald Missere-Sault Ste. Marie, ON-84 T141-Les Smith-Greenwood, NS-85 Bob Webber-Dartmouth, NS-85 T143-Brian Katchnoski-Winnipeg, MB-86 Robert Corrigan-Charlottetown, PE-86 145-David MacLean-Halifax, NS-88 -Jerry Maatman-Winnetka, IL-Disqualified - DNS -Paul Houvener-Bothell, WA-Disqualified - DNS

The following are opening-round team scores for the Inter-provincial team title:

(Best 3 of 4 scores count towards overall team total)

Manitoba Garth Collings-68 Bruce North-70 Dave Anderson-74 Mark Starodub-77 212

Saskatchewan Colin Coben-73 Rick Hallberg-69 Bill Cameron-71 Karl Parrington-69 213

New Brunswick Mel Murray-74 Richard York-70 Dale Kinnie-72 Bob Brown-73 215

British Columbia John Gallacher-74 Harry Ferguson-73 Mike Mannion-70 Tom Dixon-78 217

Nova Scotia Robert Collins-72 Gerry MacMillan-74 Paul Batchelor-74 Steven Ward-75 220

Ontario Bill Swartz-74 Kelly Roberts-76 Ron Pearson-75 Mark Brewer-74 223

Prince Edward Island Grant Sommers-79 Roddy Willis-71 Dave Shellington-73 Marty Koughan-79 223

Quebec Graham Cooke-73 Claude Charpentier-79 Serge Dagenais-78 Chris Henri-78 224

Alberta Brian Laubman-76 Robert Legros-77 Frank Van Dornick-82 Senan Foley-73 226

Newfoundland Banks Scott-76 Chuck Conley-83 Bob Skanes-75 Bob Faulkner-78 229

The Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 40 by August 23, 2005 and are members of a club belonging to the RCGA or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 23 to Thursday, August 25, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will then be reduced to 32 players for match play with a competitor’s position in the draw determined by his qualifying score. The first and second round of matches will take place Friday, August 26, with the quarterfinal and semi-final matches held Saturday, August 27. The 18-hole championship match will take place Sunday, August 28. The Inter-provincial Team Championship for the R. Bruce Forbes trophy features four-member teams competing in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play with the best three of four scores counting towards the overall team total.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.

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