Tie At the Top At Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Garrett Rank (Photo: Grant Fraser)
Garrett Rank (Photo: Grant Fraser)
Garrett Rank (Photo: Grant Fraser)

(Golf Canada) BROMONT, Que. – Winds gave way to a light drizzle at Golf Château-Bromont as defending champion Garrett Rank shot a third-round 7-under 65 to claim a share of the 2016 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur lead alongside Jordan Irwin.

Rank of Elmira, Ont., began his climb from fourth place following a consecutive trio of birdies on holes 2 to 4 to make the turn at 3-under.

“I played really well today. My putter was hot really early,” said Rank. “I missed three chances on 6, 7, and 8 which cooled the round down, but I finished with an eagle and a birdie, so that was fun.”

The 28-year-old collected birdies on holes 11 and 13, but lost the lead with a bogey on No 15. An eagle on the par-5 17th followed by a birdie on No. 18 pushed Rank into a share of the lead at 14-under 202. The University of Waterloo alumnus won this event back-to-back in 2014 and 2015, and is determined to earn his third-straight exemption into the RBC Canadian Open.

“I’m going to be really aggressive again tomorrow. For me in this event, I’m either first or I’m last. You get the [RBC] Canadian Open exemption if you win, so finishing second or sixth, it doesn’t matter. Tomorrow, I’ll be playing for first place.”

Coming off a commanding second-round 7-under performance, Irwin faltered early with bogeys on holes 2 and 8. The 36-hole leader from Banff, Alta., carded four birdies through the back nine to finish the day 2-under.

A six-birdie day propelled Mattoon, Ill., native Derek Meinhart into sole possession of third, while Nashville’s Joseph Deraney registered a bogey-free 66 to follow in fourth at 9-under alongside Woodbridge, Ont., native Dave Bunker.

In addition to his three Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur titles, Bunker was also crowned the 2015 Mid-Master champion at Abercrombie Country Club in New Glasgow, N.S. The 51-year-old currently leads the 40-and-over division by one stroke.

Matthew Sim (Oakville), Ryan Kings (Kitchener) and Charles Fitzsimmons (London) combined to finish 15-under 273 in the inter-provincial team competition – contested over the first 36 holes – to claim a second consecutive victory for Ontario.

Three Eastern Ontario attached golfer continue to play in Bromont. Rob Couture, originally of Trenton, is tied for 8th overall. Ryan Sevigny of Stittsville shares 15th and Dwight Reinhart of Renfrew in tied for 38th. Both Couture and Reinhart are also competing in the Mid-Masters Division where they are 3rd, and tied for 8th, respectively.

The 2016 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur champion will receive an exemption into the 2017 RBC Canadian Open hosted by Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., from July 24 to 30.

Mid-Amateur Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
T1 Canada Garrett Rank  Elmira, ON -7 F -14 69 68 65 202
T1 Canada Jordan Irwin  Banff, AB -2 F -14 67 65 70 202
3 United States Derek Meinhart  Mattoon, IL -6 F -10 71 69 66 206
T4 United States Joseph Deraney  Nashville, TN -6 F -9 73 68 66 207
T4 Canada Dave Bunker  Woodbridge, ON -3 F -9 68 70 69 207
T6 Canada Darren Shaw  Stoney Creek, ON -2 F -8 70 68 70 208
T6 Canada Matthew Sim  Oakville, ON E F -8 69 67 72 208
T8 United States Rob Couture  Dallas, TX -8 F -7 74 71 64 209
T8 Canada David Williamson  Truro, NS -6 F -7 71 72 66 209
T8 Canada Charles Fitzsimmons  London, ON -4 F -7 69 72 68 209
T11 Canada Michel Landry  Saint John, NB -4 F -6 73 69 68 210
T11 Canada Dustin Yeager  Calgary, AB -4 F -6 68 74 68 210
T11 Canada James Krantz  Oshawa, ON -2 F -6 71 69 70 210
T11 Canada Philip Arci  Vaughan, ON +1 F -6 68 69 73 210
T15 Canada Kevin Carrigan  Victoria, BC -8 F * -5 75 72 64 211
T15 Canada Ryan Sevigny  Stittsville, ON -2 F -5 73 68 70 211
T17 United States Jack Hall  Savannah, GA E F -4 73 67 72 212
T17 Canada Sebastien Levasseur  Nicolet, QC E F -4 69 71 72 212
T17 Canada Ryan Kings  Kitchener, ON +3 F -4 69 68 75 212
T20 Canada Brandon Markiw  Edmonton, AB -3 F -3 68 76 69 213
T20 Canada Michael Rutgers  Windsor, ON -2 F -3 75 68 70 213
T22 Canada Alex Dumais  Caledon, ON -2 F -2 76 68 70 214
T22 Canada Drew Symons  Woodstock, ON -4 F * -2 76 70 68 214
T24 Canada Andrew Robb  Vancouver, BC -1 F -1 72 72 71 215
T24 Canada Chris Holmes  Markham, ON -4 F * -1 78 69 68 215
T24 Canada Jacob Peterson  Montréal,QC +7 F -1 67 69 79 215
T27 Canada Paul Briske  Calgary, AB -2 F * E 76 70 70 216
T27 Canada James Colin Davis  Montreal, QC E F E 71 73 72 216
T27 Canada Jordan Crampton  London, ON +1 F E 73 70 73 216
T27 Canada David Stewart  Saskatoon, SK E F E 71 73 72 216
T31 Canada Brandon McGregor  St. Catherines, ON E F +1 71 74 72 217
T31 Canada Alex Palmer  Saint John, NB E F * +1 74 71 72 217
T31 Canada Derek Dalziel  Hamilton, ON E F +1 74 71 72 217
T31 Canada Josh Hunke  New Hamburg, ON E F * +1 70 75 72 217
T31 Canada Stu Musgrave  Moncton, NB -2 F * +1 73 74 70 217
T31 Canada Tyler Zaba  Regina, SK +2 F +1 72 71 74 217
T31 Canada Levi Mcdermott  Forestburg, AB -3 F * +1 77 71 69 217
T38 Canada Hugues Legault  Saint-Lazare, QC +1 F +2 74 71 73 218
T38 Canada Paul Raycroft  Humboldt, SK +2 F +2 71 73 74 218
T38 Canada Dwight Reinhart  Renfrew, ON E F * +2 71 75 72 218
T38 Canada Jesse Skelton  St. Francois Xavier, MB +2 F +2 74 70 74 218
T38 Canada Timothy Caine  Bowmanvillle, ON +2 F +2 71 73 74 218
T38 Canada Rob Cowan  Waterloo, ON -1 F * +2 75 72 71 218
T38 Canada John Harrington  Ajax, ON -2 F * +2 73 75 70 218
T38 Canada Sean Stuart  Halifax, NS -2 F * +2 79 69 70 218
T38 Canada Andrew Dingwall  Sherwood Park, AB -3 F * +2 75 74 69 218
T47 United States Gary Young  Mississauga, ON +2 F * +3 75 70 74 219
T47 Canada Brett Taylor  Quispamisis, NB +2 F +3 74 71 74 219
T47 Canada Philip Doucet  Beaconsfield, QC +1 F * +3 72 74 73 219
T47 Canada Eric Johnson  Winnipeg, MB +4 F +3 71 72 76 219
T47 Canada Edward Reevey  Rothesay, NB -2 F * +3 72 77 70 219
T47 Canada Aaron Nickerson  Clark’s Harbour, NS -2 F * +3 76 73 70 219
T53 Canada Chris Henri  Beaconsfield, QC +3 F +4 70 75 75 220
T53 Canada Marc St-Germain  Toronto, ON +3 F * +4 77 68 75 220
T53 Canada Travis Fifi  Brandon, MB +1 F * +4 76 71 73 220
T53 Canada Shaun Dunphy  Saskatoon, SK +1 F * +4 69 78 73 220
T53 Canada Scott Bennett  North Vancouver, BC E F * +4 75 73 72 220
T58 Canada Joe Amelia  Chatham, ON +2 F * +5 72 75 74 221
T58 Canada Craig Doell  Victoria, BC +1 F * +5 71 77 73 221
T58 Canada David Greenaway  Barrie, ON +1 F * +5 71 77 73 221
T58 Canada Cody Adolph  Stony Plain, AB E F * +5 75 74 72 221
T58 Canada Morgan Campbell  Atlanta, GA E F * +5 71 78 72 221
T63 Canada Justin McDonald  Winnipeg, MB +2 F * +6 73 75 74 222
T63 Canada Jay Jewett  Sudbury, ON +1 F * +6 70 79 73 222
T63 United States Daniel Neveu  Pinehurst, NC +1 F * +6 75 74 73 222
66 Canada Jordan Klein  Toronto, ON +3 F * +7 74 74 75 223
67 Canada Geoff Campbell  Wellington, NS +4 F * +8 75 73 76 224
T68 Canada Wesley Stewart  Windsor, ON +9 F * +10 72 73 81 226
T68 Canada Kris Carley  Carnduff, SK +6 F * +10 75 73 78 226
70 Canada Brian Katchnoski  Winnipeg, MB +6 F * +11 78 71 78 227

Mid-Masters Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Canada Dave Bunker  Woodbridge, ON -3 F -9 68 70 69 207
2 Canada Darren Shaw  Stoney Creek, ON -2 F -8 70 68 70 208
3 United States Rob Couture  Dallas, TX -8 F -7 74 71 64 209
4 United States Jack Hall  Savannah, GA E F -4 73 67 72 212
5 Canada Drew Symons  Woodstock, ON -4 F * -2 76 70 68 214
6 Canada Paul Briske  Calgary, AB -2 F * E 76 70 70 216
7 Canada Stu Musgrave  Moncton, NB -2 F * +1 73 74 70 217
T8 Canada Hugues Legault  Saint-Lazare, QC +1 F +2 74 71 73 218
T8 Canada Dwight Reinhart  Renfrew, ON E F * +2 71 75 72 218
T8 Canada Timothy Caine  Bowmanvillle, ON +2 F +2 71 73 74 218
T8 Canada Rob Cowan  Waterloo, ON -1 F * +2 75 72 71 218
T12 United States Gary Young  Mississauga, ON +2 F * +3 75 70 74 219
T12 Canada Brett Taylor  Quispamisis, NB +2 F +3 74 71 74 219
T12 Canada Philip Doucet  Beaconsfield, QC +1 F * +3 72 74 73 219
T12 Canada Edward Reevey  Rothesay, NB -2 F * +3 72 77 70 219
T12 Canada Aaron Nickerson  Clark’s Harbour, NS -2 F * +3 76 73 70 219
T17 Canada Chris Henri  Beaconsfield, QC +3 F +4 70 75 75 220
T17 Canada Scott Bennett  North Vancouver, BC E F * +4 75 73 72 220
T19 Canada Craig Doell  Victoria, BC +1 F * +5 71 77 73 221
T19 Canada David Greenaway  Barrie, ON +1 F * +5 71 77 73 221
T21 Canada Jay Jewett  Sudbury, ON +1 F * +6 70 79 73 222
T21 United States Daniel Neveu  Pinehurst, NC +1 F * +6 75 74 73 222
23 Canada Wesley Stewart  Windsor, ON +9 F * +10 72 73 81 226
24 Canada Brian Katchnoski  Winnipeg, MB +6 F * +11 78 71 78 227