Canadian Open Provides Quinte Region Player Reunion

A year ago you might not have guessed that Jon Mills and Rob Couture would be playing in the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.  Less likely would be that the good friends from their junior golf days in the Quinte region of Ontario would be actually playing together in the first two rounds.

“It’s pretty neat; I just heard,” Couture told us outside the magnificent clubhouse at the Hamilton Golf & Country Club, the site for the 103rd playing of the Canadian National Championship.   “Obviously were grew up playing a lot of golf together and with his brother Jeff, who is caddying for him, so that’s going to make for a fun couple days.”

Couture, an amateur who now lives in Texas but was born in Trenton, Ontario, was the first to get a ticket into this year’s championship.  He earned his spot courtesy of a win at the 2011 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship.  Mills, who spent the greater part his youth living in Belleville,  qualified for for his 9th Canadian Open on Monday at Heron Point Golf Links.

Couture  is coming off some decent play at the Porter Cup in Niagara Falls but still has very grounded expectations.  “It’s a little different for me to be inside the ropes,” said Couture who after years working for golf equipment manufacturer Adams Golf is now a player agent representing pro golfers.  “I’ve got pretty realistic expectations.  It’s kinda nice to see what these guys deal with, I kind of know but I am just going to go out and enjoy myself.”

– Scott MacLeod will be filing reports from Hamilton Golf & Country Club all week long.  You can also follow him on Twitter @flagstick