Bauchou grows Canadian Amateur lead to three
Zach Bauchou (USGA photo)
Zach Bauchou (USGA photo)

DUNCAN, British Columbia (Aug. 7, 2018) – Backing up a course-record round isn’t always easy, but Zachary Bauchou did it effectively Tuesday at the Canadian Amateur. Bauchou, also the defending champion, followed an opening 6-under 65 with a 3-under 68.

Bauchou’s opening round at Duncan Meadows Golf Club included two eagles. There were none of those on Tuesday, but Bauchou balanced out three bogeys with six birdies.

The round got Bauchou to 9 under, which gives him a three-shot cushion on the next-closest player, Canadian Julien Sale.

Bauchou, and Oklahoma State junior, looks to stay aggressive in Wednesday’s third round. “The goal is just to play as good as I can and make as many birdies as I can,” he said. “I’ve had some short game errors where I didn’t get up-and-down, so I’ll be looking to sharpen up my short game over the next two days and keep playing aggressively—pedal to the medal.”
Behind Sale, fellow Canadians Tristan Mandur and Brendan MacDougall are tied with American Philip Knowles, a senior at North Florida, for third. All three players are 4 under.

Garrett Rank was the biggest mover, and biggest story, of the day after becoming the second player this week to tie the course record. Rank’s 6-under 65 is especially impressive considering it included a double-bogey at No. 5. Rank had nine birdies, six of which came on the back nine.

The round came on the heels of an opening 3-over 74. Rank's turnaround got him to 3 under for the tournament, and into a tie for sixth on the leaderboard.

Rank, a mid-amateur who works as an NHL referee, already won the Ontario Amateur and Mid-Amateur this summer. Most recently, he was T-117 at the Western Amateur. Rank finished T-11 at this event a year ago, but was T-2 at the Canadian Mid-Amateur.

Results: Canadian Amateur
1VAZach BauchouForest, VA100065-68-67-66=266
2FLPhilip KnowlesBradenton, FL70068-70-64-67=269
3CanadaGarrett RankCanada50074-65-67-65=271
4AustraliaJustin WarrenAustralia50078-64-65-66=273
5KSSam StevensWichita, KS50071-69-65-69=274

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ABOUT THE Canadian Amateur

This competition is open to male amateur golfers. Canadian players must be a member of a golf club in good standing with Golf Canada or who are Gold level members of Golf Canada’s membership program. Foreign players must be members in good standing with their respective association. 72-hole stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes to the low 70 players and ties. The winner earns a spot in the PGA Tour's Canadian Open.

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