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Canadian Mid-Am: Collings Holds 36-hole lead

Charlottetown, P.E.I., CANADA (August 24, 2005) -– Garth Collings of Matlock, Man. shot an even-par 72 for a two-day-total four-under 140 Wednesday at Belvedere Golf Club to take the second-round lead at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Collings shared the opening-round lead with Peter Malo of Beaconsfield, Que. who dropped to a tie for seventh after shooting a second-round 78.

“The pin positions were really good today but I didn’t have a lot of chances at birdie,” said Collings, whose low score on the day helped secure his Manitoba team’s first Inter-provincial team championship. “I had a lot of distractions last year but this year I’ve been able to concentrate on golf.”

Rob Collins of Yarmouth, N.S. and John Archibald of Truro, N.S. both shot a pair of 72’s over the first two rounds to sit tied for second at even par. Bruce North of St. Norbert, Man., David Schultz of Calgary and local favourite Tim Yorke of Kensington, P.E.I. shot two-day-totals of two-over-par 146 to tie for fourth. There is a lot of competition at the top of the leaderboard as seventeen players are within six shots of the lead.

In the Inter-provincial team championship Manitoba (434) won their first R. Bruce Forbes trophy by four shots over Saskatchewan who finished second at 438. Ontario made a charge from sixth place to finish third at 439 while defending champion New Brunswick (441) took fourth place, one stroke ahead of Quebec (442).

Following the completion of Thursday’s final round of stroke play, the field will be cut to the low 32 players for match play. Any playoff for the final match-play seeds will take place immediately following the completion of the round.

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 second round individual scores for Wednesday, August 24:

1-Garth Collings-Matlock, MB-68-72--140
T2-Rob Collins-Yarmouth, NS-72-72--144
John Archibald-Truro, NS-72-72--144
T4-Bruce North-St Norbert, MB-70-75--145
David Schultz-Calgary, AB-72-73--145
Tim Yorke-Kensington, PE-75-70--145
T7-Dan Coulombe-Fredericton, NB-73-73--146
Roddy Willis-Charlottetown, PE-71-75--146
Ron Pearson-Kitchener, ON-75-71--146
Mark Brewer-Pickering, ON-74-72--146
Michael Jackson-Collingwood, ON-70-76--146
Karl Parrington-Saskatoon, SK-69-77--146
Alan Gladwin-Bedford, NS-71-75--146
Gary Melanson-Woodstock, NB-72-74--146
Jim Briggs-Fenwick, ON-71-75--146
Rob Cowan-Waterloo , ON-77-69--146
Peter Malo-Beaconsfield, QC-68-78--146
T18-Ernie Sheaves-Fort McMurray, AB-73-74--147
Dave Shellington-Charlottetown, PE-73-74--147
Graham Cooke-Hudson, QC-73-74--147
Senan Foley-Calgary, AB-73-74--147
Darren Ritchie-Quispamsis, NB-71-76--147
Mike Mannion-Gibsons, BC-70-77--147
Bob Brown-Fredericton, NB-73-74--147
Bill Cameron-Duck Lake, SK-71-76--147
Robert Gibson-Toronto, ON-75-72--147
Michael McGuire-Halifax, NS-73-74--147
T28-Christopher Henri-Beaconsfield, QC-78-70--148
Serge Dagenais-Vaudreuil - Dorion, QC-73-75--148
Bill Swartz-Georgetown, ON-74-74--148
Mel Murray-Fredericton, NB-74-74--148
Ken Comeau-Riverview, NB-74-74--148
Peter Stirling-Bedford, NS-73-75--148
T34-Kelly Roberts-London, ON-76-73--149
Steven Ward-New Minas, NS-75-74--149
Colin Coben-Delisle, SK-73-76--149
David Anderson-Winnipeg, MB-74-75--149
Richard York-Fredericton, NB-70-79--149
Norman Bradley-Kelowna, BC-76-73--149
T40-Alexandre Lauzon-St-Eustache, QC-74-76--150
Gerry MacMillan-Kingston, NS-74-76--150
Harry Ferguson-Invermere, BC-73-77--150
Tom Skinner-Red Deer, AB-73-77--150
Dale Kinnie-Moncton, NB-72-78--150
John Hewlin-Bradenton, FL-75-75--150
David Buker-Calgary, AB-74-76--150
Rick Burton-Fort McMurray, AB-75-75--150
Todd Wiseman-Calgary, AB-74-76--150
T49-Tom Dixon-Burnaby, BC-78-73--151
Brent Armstrong-Winnipeg, MB-75-76--151
John Gallacher-Burnaby , BC-74-77--151
Paul Batchelor-Bedford, NS-74-77--151
Wally Keating-London, ON-73-78--151
T54-Robert Legros-Calgary, AB-77-75--152
Frank Morris-Guelph, ON-78-74--152
Richard McCullough-Cornwall, ON-76-76--152
Erwin Banks-Nictaux, NS-74-78--152
Chris Ingram-Brampton, ON-77-75--152
Al MacDonald-Charlottetown, PE-74-78--152
T60-Frank Van Dornick-Camrose, AB-82-71--153
Claude Charpentier-Sherbrooke, QC-79-74--153
James Jackson-Bridgewater, NS-78-75--153
Alan Stewart-Grande Prairie, AB-71-82--153
Dimitri Neonakis-Halifax, NS-73-80--153
Rick Hallberg-Weyburn, SK-80-73--153
Tom Hodgins-Newmarket, ON-74-79--153
Dominic Belmonte-Whitby, ON-78-75--153
T68-Bob Faulkner-St. John`s, NF-78-76--154
Richard Rousseau-Montréal, QC-81-73--154
Ron Boyles-Charlottetown, PE-77-77--154
Robert Goss-Welland, ON-80-74--154
Kenny Innis-Charlottetown, PE-76-78--154
Randall Oka-Montréal, QC-74-80--154
Greg Ball-Dublin, OH-76-78--154
Robert Allan-Halifax, NS-78-76--154
Paul Harris-Vancouver, BC-77-77--154
T77-Grant Somers-Summerside, PE-79-76--155
Brian Laubman-Edmonton, AB-76-79--155
Cameron Hreljac-Bowmanville, ON-78-77--155
John Schurman-Summerside, PE-75-80--155
John Behan-Whitby, ON-74-81--155
Kevin Banks-Kingston, NS-81-74--155
Paul Brown-Vancouver, BC-79-76--155
David Shupe-Halifax, NS-78-77--155
T85-Jeff Van Vliet-Dorchester, ON-79-77--156
Edward Dumeah-Fall River, NS-75-81--156
George McGuigan-Fort McMurray, AB-77-79--156
Scott Taylor-Guelph, ON-75-81--156
T89-Marty Koughan-Pownal, PE-79-78--157
Michel Labelle-Ste-Anne des Lacs, QC-80-77--157
John Taylor-Hallville, ON-77-80--157
Dave Webber-Dartmouth, NS-80-77--157
Gary Ritchie-Yarmouth, NS-79-78--157
Talbot (Rick) Gray-Enfield, NS-77-80--157
T95-Al Jensen-Ottawa, ON-76-82--158
Bob Skanes-Gander, NF-75-83--158
Daniel Leblanc-Clare, NS-80-78--158
Fraser Keays-Beaford, NS-77-81--158
Paul Tidman-Kingston, NS-81-77--158
Ernest Corrigan-Charlottetown, PE-81-77--158
Bill Enright-Windsor, NS-78-80--158
Brian McCulloch-Medicine Hat, AB-79-79--158
Richard Boudreau-l`île des Soeurs, QC-77-81--158
T104-Yvan Rheault-Joliette, QC-78-81--159
Ron Vaive-Charlottetown, PE-78-81--159
Brent Quinn-Ajax, ON-81-78--159
John Havill-Hammonds Plains, NS-83-76--159
Derrick Forgeron-Porters Lake, NS-78-81--159
Jeff Cooke-Stratford, PE-79-80--159
T110-Scott Dutton-Calgary, AB-74-86--160
Banks Scott-St. John`s, NF-76-84--160
Yousef Hashmi-Charlottetown, PE-80-80--160
Don Swirhun-Edmonton, AB-76-84--160
Cliff Lowrey Jr.-Amherst, NS-80-80--160
Bruce Wilson-Burlington, ON-81-79--160
T116-David Hilchey-Bedford, NS-83-78--161
Mark Starodub-Selkirk, MB-77-84--161
Chris Hughes-Halifax, NS-82-79--161
Michael Mahaney-Oakfield , NS-78-83--161
Jamie Vessey-Charlottetown, PE-83-78--161
Mickey Batten-Chateauguay, QC-82-79--161
Jim Bursey-Kanata, ON-83-78--161
T123-Michael McKenzie-Dartmouth, NS-82-80--162
D. Glenn Llewellyn-Halifax, NS-83-79--162
Peter Nabi-Ottawa, ON-83-79--162
Robert Corrigan-Charlottetown, PE-86-76--162
Jim McIlroy-Bowmanville, ON-80-82--162
Dave Roberts-St. John`s, NF-82-80--162
T129-Kevin Campbell-Red Deer, AB-79-84--163
Rick Walsh-Portuguese Cove, NS-83-80--163
Rick Dodds-Hebron-Brampton, ON-79-84--163
Sandy Chisholm-Dartmouth, NS-82-81--163
Bob Webber-Dartmouth, NS-85-78--163
Brian Katchnoski-Winnipeg, MB-86-77--163
135-Chuck Conley-Goose Bay, NF-83-81--164
T136-Al Dube-Hammonds Plains, NS-78-87--165
Joseph MacDonald-Mount Stewart, PE-82-83--165
T138-Richard Page-Riverview, NB-84-83--167
David Connolly-Cornwall, PE-83-84--167
T140-Donald Missere-Sault Ste. Marie, ON-84-84--168
Les Smith-Greenwood, NS-85-83--168
142-Jean Duguay-Lac Beauport, QC-81-89--170
T143-Francois Veillette-Kingsey Falls, QC-84-87--171
Jerry Maatman-Winnetka, IL-Disqualified
Paul Houvener-Bothell, WA-Disqualified
Rick Anderson-Bowmanville, ON-Disqualified
David MacLean-Halifax, NS-Withdrawn

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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