Canadian Mid-Amateur: Couture wins by one

UXBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada (Sept. 9, 2011) -- Rob Couture of Dallas, Texas, carded a final-round 4-under 68 to capture the 2011 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Coppinwood Golf Club in Goodwood, Ont.

A native of Trenton, Ont., the two-time Texas Golf Association (TGA) Statewide Player of the Year finished at 6-under par 282 for the championship, besting Cory Renfrew of Victoria, B.C., by a single stroke. Renfrew posted a four-day tally of 5-under par 283, after carding a score of 6-under par 66 in round four.

“It's been great. This is a great place and we're lucky to be able to come to a place like this,” said Couture, who won the TGA North Regional Mid-Amateur Championship four straight times between 2007 and 2010. “I don't think it's sunk in yet that I won. I wasn't really thinking about it. I just put one foot in front of the other and just kept playing.”

With the victory, Couture earned an exemption into the 2012 RBC Canadian Open at the historic Hamilton Golf and Country Club, an opportunity that Couture is looking forward to.

“It'll be cool…I never tried to play professional golf. I knew that wasn't in my future, but it’ll be great to taste it for a week,” said Couture, a product of both East Tennessee State University and Eastern Michigan University. “You know, obviously my expectations will be low, just to have fun all week, but it'll be a cool experience getting to do it so close to here.”

Brent Wilson of Victoria, B.C., placed third in the Mid-Amateur division at 2-under par 286, while Graham Hill of Sarnia, Ont., finished fourth at 1-under par 287. Aaron Hickman of Dallas, Texas, rounded out the top-5 at even-par 288.

Dave Bunker of Woodbridge, Ont., who entered the championship in search of a fourth consecutive title, finished T24 at 9-over par 297.

Nick Ushijima of Hillsborough, Calif., took home the Mid-Master division title with a four-day tally of 1-over par 289, besting Luc Guilbault of Drummondville, Que., by two strokes for the victory.

Ron Pearson of Kitchener, Ont., finished third at 5-over par 293, while Mark Mance of Whitefish, Mont., and Mark Knecht of Paducah, Ky., placed T4 at 6-over par 294.

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72 hole stroke play championship.

Any Male golfer who has reached their 25th birthday by the first scheduled day of the championship and the player must have a handicap factor of 5.0 or less.

Any Male golfer who has reached their 40th birthday by the first scheduled day of the championship and the player must have a handicap factor of 5.0 or less.

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