Bursey Carries Lead Into Final Round of Canadian Men’s Amateur

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club (Photo: Flagstick.com)
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club (Photo: Flagstick.com)
The Royal Ottawa Golf Club (Photo: Flagstick.com)

The golfing hopes of Newfoundland are on the back of one 19-year old as Blair Bursey carries the lead into the final round of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.

The Gander native added an even par round of 70 to his tally at the championship on Wednesday, putting him at 203 (64-69-70) with one round left on the schedule at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau. He would be the first golfer from his province to win the title in the 112 times it has been played.

“I got off to a pretty nice and smooth start,” Bursey shared of his third round. “I really got into the round with some good putts early. I hit a little bit of a shaky patch – one bad decision and a couple of shots that were just a lack of execution. Aside from that, I handled my nerves well. Even though I had those errors, I’m pleased to still be leading the tournament. But the reality is that I have a one-shot lead and that’s not very much at all. I know that it’s going to take a really solid score from me to keep that wire-to-wire [win] going.”

There will be no easy march to victory for Bursey, who won an NCAA event earlier this year competing for his Utah Valley State team. Just one stroke back of him at -8 is China’s Andy Zhang. Zhang posted a 69 (-1) in round three.

“Credit to Blair, we had a good run going on the front nine,” reflected Zhang who calls Winter Garden, Florida home. “He’s a really good player and it’s not easy to have to chase him. If I play my game and limit some of my mistakes, I think I’ll have a really good chance.”

Not far back of the leaders and within reach is Canadian National Team Member Hugo Bernard, who shot 64 in round two. His 69 in round 3 puts him at -6 overall, in a share of 3rd with Travis Smyth of Australia and Chris Crisologo of British Columbia.

Josh Whalen continues to be the top player form Eastern Ontario. He shares 12th place at -1.

Full Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Canada Blair Bursey [RO]  Gander, NL E F -9 64 69 70 203
2 China Andy Zhang [RO]  Winter Garden, FL -1 F -8 67 68 69 204
T3 Canada Chris Crisologo [RO]  Richmond, BC -1 F -6 69 68 69 206
T3 Australia Travis Smyth [RO]  Australia -3 F -6 70 69 67 206
T3 Canada Hugo Bernard [RO]  Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC -1 F -6 73 64 69 206
6 Canada Stuart MacDonald [RO]  Vancouver, BC -2 F -5 69 70 68 207
7 Norway Kristoffer Ventura [RO]  Norway -3 F -4 71 70 67 208
8 United States Michael Decker [RO]  Nashville, TN -1 F -3 73 67 69 209
T9 Canada Nicholas Ross [RO]  Dundas, ON -2 F -2 68 74 68 210
T9 Canada Scott Secord [RO]  Calgary, AB -1 F -2 71 70 69 210
T9 United States Jd Dornes [RO]  Lancaster, PA E F -2 69 71 70 210
T12 United States Ryan Dornes [RO]  Lancaster, PA -4 F * -1 76 69 66 211
T12 Canada A.J. Armstrong [RO]  St. Albert, AB -3 F -1 70 74 67 211
T12 Canada Josh Whalen [RO]  Napanee, ON +1 F -1 67 73 71 211
T15 United States Sahith Theegala [RO]  Chino Hills, CA E F E 69 73 70 212
T15 Canada Garrett Rank [RO]  Elmira, ON +3 F E 70 69 73 212
T17 Canada Jared duToit [RO]  Kimberley, BC -2 F +1 73 72 68 213
T17 Australia Daniel Gale [RO]  Australia -1 F +1 71 73 69 213
T17 Canada Steven Diack [RO]  Port Coquitlam, BC +2 F +1 68 73 72 213
T20 Canada Lawren Rowe [RO]  Victoria, BC E F +2 73 71 70 214
T20 Canada Josiah Dixon [RO]  Bognor, ON E F +2 70 74 70 214
T20 Canada Charles Corner [RO]  Cayuga, ON E F +2 72 72 70 214
T20 Canada Brett Kennedy [RO]  Waterloo, ON -2 F * +2 73 73 68 214
T20 United States Chandler Blanchet [RO]  Pensacola, FL +2 F +2 70 72 72 214
T25 Canada Henry Lee [RO]  Coquitlam, BC +1 F +3 72 72 71 215
T25 Canada Benjamin Thompson [RO]  Scarborough, ON -1 F * +3 76 70 69 215
T25 United States Jimmy Jones [RO]  Tampa, FL +2 F +3 71 72 72 215
T25 Canada Kevin Vigna [RO]  Coquitlam, BC +2 F +3 75 68 72 215
T29 Canada Karson O’Keefe [RO]  Creston, BC +2 F +4 75 69 72 216
T29 Canada Mark Coldham [RO]  Ottawa, ON E F * +4 71 75 70 216
T29 Canada Brett Henry [RO]  Prince albert, SK +2 F +4 74 70 72 216
T29 Canada Blair Hamilton [RO]  Burlington, ON E F * +4 74 72 70 216
T29 Canada Étienne Papineau [RO]  St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC +3 F +4 70 73 73 216
T34 Canada Patrick Murphy [RO]  Crossfield, AB +2 F * +5 71 74 72 217
T34 United States Papito Gonzalez [RO]  McAllen, TX +3 F +5 72 72 73 217
T34 Canada Brendan MacDougall [RO]  Calgary, AB +5 F +5 70 72 75 217
T34 Canada Andrew Harrison [RO]  Camrose, AB +5 F +5 68 74 75 217
T34 Canada Keaton Jones [RO]  Kitchener, ON +5 F +5 70 72 75 217
T34 United States Scott Stevens [RO]  Chattanooga, TN +5 F +5 72 70 75 217
T34 Canada Jake Scarrow [RO]  Dewdney, BC E F * +5 70 77 70 217
T41 Canada Marco Trstenjak [RO]  Winnipeg, MB +3 F * +6 67 78 73 218
T41 United States Kyle Rodes [RO]  Plymouth, MI +4 F +6 73 71 74 218
T41 Canada Pierre-Alexandre Bédard [RO]  Chibougamau, QC +3 F * +6 73 72 73 218
T41 United States Craig Hornberger [RO]  Lancaster, PA +5 F +6 73 70 75 218
T41 Canada Russell Bowie [RO]  Mississauga, ON +2 F * +6 75 71 72 218
T41 Canada Vincent Blanchette [RO]  St-jean-sur-richelieu, QC +1 F * +6 77 70 71 218
T41 Canada Jack Wood [RO]  Banff, AB +1 F * +6 72 75 71 218
T48 Canada Devon Schade [RO]  Beausejour, MB +4 F +7 73 72 74 219
T48 Australia Dale Williamson [RO]  Australia +3 F * +7 77 69 73 219
T48 Canada Max Sekulic [RO]  Rycroft, AB +6 F +7 70 73 76 219
T48 Canada Sam Meek [RO]  Peterborough, ON +3 F * +7 76 70 73 219
T48 Canada Geoff Fry [RO]  Calgary, AB +3 F * +7 69 77 73 219
T53 Canada Robert Ellis [RO]  St. Catharines, ON +5 F +8 72 73 75 220
T53 Canada Matt Williams [RO]  Calgary, AB +4 F * +8 71 75 74 220
T53 Canada Tony Gil [RO]  Vaughan, ON +4 F * +8 70 76 74 220
T53 Canada Abe Holmes [RO]  Barrie, ON +4 F * +8 73 73 74 220
T53 Canada Robin Petras [RO]  Newmarket, ON +3 F * +8 73 74 73 220
T53 Canada Matthew Cholod [RO]  Bowmanville, ON +3 F * +8 72 75 73 220
T53 Canada Eric Banks [RO]  Truro, NS +3 F * +8 70 77 73 220
T60 Canada Tristan Mandur [RO]  Mill Bay, BC +6 F * +9 72 73 76 221
T60 Canada Nolan Thoroughgood [RO]  Victoria, BC +5 F * +9 75 71 75 221
T60 Canada William Deck [RO]  Kelowna, BC +5 F * +9 73 73 75 221
T60 Canada Ryan Sevigny [RO]  Stittsville, ON +4 F * +9 79 68 74 221
T64 Canada Maxwell Sear [RO]  Unionville, ON +6 F * +10 77 69 76 222
T64 Canada Dwight Reinhart [RO]  Renfrew, ON +6 F * +10 70 76 76 222
T64 Canada Nicholas Brisebois [RO]  Kanata, ON +5 F * +10 72 75 75 222
T64 Canada Joey Savoie [RO]  St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC +5 F * +10 74 73 75 222
T64 Canada James Rim [RO]  Ajax, ON +5 F * +10 71 76 75 222
T69 Canada Cedric Laverdure [RO]  Mont-Royal, QC +10 F +11 71 72 80 223
T69 Canada Kade Johnson [RO]  Yorkton, SK +7 F * +11 72 74 77 223
T69 Canada Joseph Kremer [RO]  North York, ON +6 F * +11 74 73 76 223
T72 Canada Sean Stuart [RO]  Halifax, NS +9 F * +12 73 72 79 224
T72 United States Ryan Celano [RO]  Naples, FL +8 F * +12 76 70 78 224
T72 Canada Dylan Bell [RO]  Victoria, BC +7 F * +12 77 70 77 224
T72 Canada Thomas ‘Jack’ Simpson [RO]  Aurora, ON +7 F * +12 74 73 77 224
T72 Canada Nate Ollis [RO]  Victoria, BC +7 F * +12 74 73 77 224
T72 Canada Raphael Lapierre-Messier [RO]  St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC +7 F * +12 70 77 77 224