Hugo Bernard Wins 112th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

Hugo Bernard, winner of the 112th Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, shot 66 in round 3 of the World Amateur (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)
Hugo Bernard wins the 112th Canadian Men's Amateur Championship (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)
Hugo Bernard wins the 112th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship (Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick.com)

Winning the 112th Canadian Amateur was very important for Hugo Bernard. You could see it in the body language of the Canadian National Team member all week in the National Capital as he played both the Eagle Creek and Royal Ottawa golf courses that played host to the championship.

However, as he trailed by three strokes heading into the final round at Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, the 21 year-old had some work to do.

While he did get some help from third round leader Blair Bursey, who faded with a final round 73 (+3), Bernard took his fate into his own hands with a closing 65 to secure the victory.

A four-round total of (-11) 271 (73, 64, 69, 65) demonstrated the skill of the reigning NCAA Division II College Champion. His final march around the venerable Royal Ottawa layout was marred by just a single bogey while he sprinkled in six birdies, three on each side of the course. That included a holed out sand shot on the 8th hole.

After watching his nearest pursuer, Andy Zhang of China, knock his second shot in the hazard in front of the 18th green, thus eliminating any chance the he could catch Bernard, the Mont-St-Hilaire native was relieved. His spoke of the significance of the tournament, adding it as a milestone in his golf career.

“I won the NCAA Division II, so that is two big wins for me,” said Bernard , who also won the Alexander of Tunis Championship in the National Capital Region earlier this year.

“It means a lot,” he shared of capturing a national title in Canada. “It’s the biggest tournament in the country and my goal was to win it so it is very important to me. I’m proud of myself.”

Bernard’s dedication to achieving his goal was apparent throughout the final round, one where he was very demonstrative; a change from the quiet resolve the big lefty normally shows.

He laughed when asked about it, stating with a smile, “I was in the flow. Every putt was important. Yes, there might have been a couple first pumps out there.”

For his victory Bernard not only becomes the National Men’s Amateur Champion, he also receives an exemption into next week’s United States Amateur Championship and a spot in the 2017 RBC Canadian Open.

The Silver Medal went to Andy Zhang (67-68-69-69/273) while Vancouver’s Stuart MacDonald won the Bronze Medal for his (69-70-68-67/274).

Newfoundland & Labrador were officially recognized as the 2016 Willingdon Cup Champions, the first in history for that province.

Final Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Canada Hugo Bernard [RO]  Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC -5 F -11 73 64 69 65 271
2 China Andy Zhang [RO]  Winter Garden, FL -1 F -9 67 68 69 69 273
3 Canada Stuart MacDonald [RO]  Vancouver, BC -3 F -8 69 70 68 67 274
4 Canada Chris Crisologo [RO]  Richmond, BC -1 F -7 69 68 69 69 275
T5 Norway Kristoffer Ventura [RO]  Norway -2 F -6 71 70 67 68 276
T5 Canada Blair Bursey [RO]  Gander, NL +3 F -6 64 69 70 73 276
T7 United States Sahith Theegala [RO]  Chino Hills, CA -5 F -5 69 73 70 65 277
T7 Australia Travis Smyth [RO]  Australia +1 F -5 70 69 67 71 277
T9 Canada Lawren Rowe [RO]  Victoria, BC -5 F -3 73 71 70 65 279
T9 Canada Garrett Rank [RO]  Elmira, ON -3 F -3 70 69 73 67 279
T11 Canada Josh Whalen [RO]  Napanee, ON -1 F -2 67 73 71 69 280
T11 United States Michael Decker [RO]  Nashville, TN +1 F -2 73 67 69 71 280
T13 Canada Brett Kennedy [RO]  Waterloo, ON -3 F -1 73 73 68 67 281
T13 United States Jd Dornes [RO]  Lancaster, PA +1 F -1 69 71 70 71 281
T15 Canada Henry Lee [RO]  Coquitlam, BC -3 F E 72 72 71 67 282
T15 Canada Steven Diack [RO]  Port Coquitlam, BC -1 F E 68 73 72 69 282
T15 Canada Jared duToit [RO]  Kimberley, BC -1 F E 73 72 68 69 282
T15 Australia Daniel Gale [RO]  Australia -1 F E 71 73 69 69 282
T15 Canada Nicholas Ross [RO]  Dundas, ON +2 F E 68 74 68 72 282
T20 Canada Jake Scarrow [RO]  Dewdney, BC -4 F * +1 70 77 70 66 283
T20 Canada Charles Corner [RO]  Cayuga, ON -1 F +1 72 72 70 69 283
T20 Canada Scott Secord [RO]  Calgary, AB +3 F +1 71 70 69 73 283
T23 Canada Blair Hamilton [RO]  Burlington, ON -2 F +2 74 72 70 68 284
T23 United States Jimmy Jones [RO]  Tampa, FL -1 F +2 71 72 72 69 284
T23 United States Chandler Blanchet [RO]  Pensacola, FL E F +2 70 72 72 70 284
T26 Canada Mark Coldham [RO]  Ottawa, ON -1 F +3 71 75 70 69 285
T26 Canada A.J. Armstrong [RO]  St. Albert, AB +4 F +3 70 74 67 74 285
T28 Canada Andrew Harrison [RO]  Camrose, AB -1 F +4 68 74 75 69 286
T28 Canada Marco Trstenjak [RO]  Winnipeg, MB -2 F * +4 67 78 73 68 286
T28 Canada Russell Bowie [RO]  Mississauga, ON -2 F * +4 75 71 72 68 286
T28 Canada Benjamin Thompson [RO]  Scarborough, ON +1 F +4 76 70 69 71 286
T32 United States Scott Stevens [RO]  Chattanooga, TN E F +5 72 70 75 70 287
T32 United States Craig Hornberger [RO]  Lancaster, PA -1 F * +5 73 70 75 69 287
T32 Canada Vincent Blanchette [RO]  St-jean-sur-richelieu, QC -1 F * +5 77 70 71 69 287
T32 Canada Josiah Dixon [RO]  Bognor, ON +3 F +5 70 74 70 73 287
T36 Canada Keaton Jones [RO]  Kitchener, ON +1 F +6 70 72 75 71 288
T36 Canada Patrick Murphy [RO]  Crossfield, AB +1 F +6 71 74 72 71 288
T36 United States Papito Gonzalez [RO]  McAllen, TX +1 F +6 72 72 73 71 288
T36 Canada Pierre-Alexandre Bédard [RO]  Chibougamau, QC E F * +6 73 72 73 70 288
T36 Canada Tony Gil [RO]  Vaughan, ON -2 F * +6 70 76 74 68 288
T41 Canada Kevin Vigna [RO]  Coquitlam, BC +4 F +7 75 68 72 74 289
T41 Canada Karson O’Keefe [RO]  Creston, BC +3 F +7 75 69 72 73 289
T41 Australia Dale Williamson [RO]  Australia E F * +7 77 69 73 70 289
T41 Canada Sam Meek [RO]  Peterborough, ON E F * +7 76 70 73 70 289
T41 United States Ryan Dornes [RO]  Lancaster, PA +8 F +7 76 69 66 78 289
46 Canada Étienne Papineau [RO]  St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC +4 F +8 70 73 73 74 290
T47 United States Kyle Rodes [RO]  Plymouth, MI +3 F * +9 73 71 74 73 291
T47 Canada Geoff Fry [RO]  Calgary, AB +2 F * +9 69 77 73 72 291
T47 Canada Raphael Lapierre-Messier [RO]  St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC -3 F * +9 70 77 77 67 291
T50 Canada Jack Wood [RO]  Banff, AB +4 F * +10 72 75 71 74 292
T50 Canada Robert Ellis [RO]  St. Catharines, ON +2 F * +10 72 73 75 72 292
T50 Canada Matt Williams [RO]  Calgary, AB +2 F * +10 71 75 74 72 292
T50 Canada Nolan Thoroughgood [RO]  Victoria, BC +1 F * +10 75 71 75 71 292
T50 Canada Joey Savoie [RO]  St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC E F * +10 74 73 75 70 292
T50 Canada James Rim [RO]  Ajax, ON E F * +10 71 76 75 70 292
T56 Canada Brendan MacDougall [RO]  Calgary, AB +7 F +12 70 72 75 77 294
T56 Canada Eric Banks [RO]  Truro, NS +4 F * +12 70 77 73 74 294
T56 Canada Ryan Sevigny [RO]  Stittsville, ON +3 F * +12 79 68 74 73 294
T56 Canada Maxwell Sear [RO]  Unionville, ON +2 F * +12 77 69 76 72 294
T56 United States Ryan Celano [RO]  Naples, FL E F * +12 76 70 78 70 294
T61 Canada Devon Schade [RO]  Beausejour, MB +6 F * +13 73 72 74 76 295
T61 Canada Max Sekulic [RO]  Rycroft, AB +6 F * +13 70 73 76 76 295
T61 Canada Matthew Cholod [RO]  Bowmanville, ON +5 F * +13 72 75 73 75 295
T64 Canada Brett Henry [RO]  Prince albert, SK +10 F +14 74 70 72 80 296
T64 Canada Robin Petras [RO]  Newmarket, ON +6 F * +14 73 74 73 76 296
T64 Canada William Deck [RO]  Kelowna, BC +5 F * +14 73 73 75 75 296
T64 Canada Joseph Kremer [RO]  North York, ON +3 F * +14 74 73 76 73 296
T68 Canada Abe Holmes [RO]  Barrie, ON +7 F * +15 73 73 74 77 297
T68 Canada Tristan Mandur [RO]  Mill Bay, BC +6 F * +15 72 73 76 76 297
T68 Canada Cedric Laverdure [RO]  Mont-Royal, QC +4 F * +15 71 72 80 74 297
T68 Canada Dylan Bell [RO]  Victoria, BC +3 F * +15 77 70 77 73 297
T68 Canada Nate Ollis [RO]  Victoria, BC +3 F * +15 74 73 77 73 297
T73 Canada Nicholas Brisebois [RO]  Kanata, ON +6 F * +16 72 75 75 76 298
T73 Canada Sean Stuart [RO]  Halifax, NS +4 F * +16 73 72 79 74 298
75 Canada Kade Johnson [RO]  Yorkton, SK +6 F * +17 72 74 77 76 299
76 Canada Thomas ‘Jack’ Simpson [RO]  Aurora, ON +6 F * +18 74 73 77 76 300
77 Canada Dwight Reinhart [RO]  Renfrew, ON +12 F * +22 70 76 76 82 304