Michael Mercier Wins Canadian Men’s Senior Golf Championship

Michael Mercier of Florida wins the Canadian Senior Men's Golf Championship (Photo: Julie Whelan/Golf Canada)
Michael Mercier enjoys the trophy he earned for winning the Canadian Men's Senior Golf Championship (Photo: Julie Whelan/Golf Canada)
Michael Mercier enjoys the trophy he earned for winning the Canadian Men’s Senior Golf Championship (Photo: Julie Whelan/Golf Canada)

(Golf Canada) NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – Brilliant sunshine and high temperatures welcomed Michael Mercier to the final round of the 2016 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at Grand Niagara Golf Club. The Juno Beach, Fla., native fought through the intense heat to claim Canada’s national senior title.

Mercier began the day with a share of first alongside Dave Schultz of Calgary, but a five-birdie, 2-under 70 propelled him to victory.

“Today, I didn’t quite strike the ball as well as I was striking it the first three days. The first three days, I hit the ball very well, only missed a few greens over a total of three days, but I struggled a little bit putting. Today, I didn’t hit it that well, but I kind of figured out my putter last night on the practice green. I got the stroke and it freed up a little today. I putted much better today and I hit it good enough to get by.”

The 58-year-old is the tournament’s 54th champion. With frequent visits to Canada and a number of ties to the country, Mercier spoke fondly of being its newest senior champion.

“It means a lot because Canada is somewhat dear to my heart since my great-grandfather came from here,” reflected the winner. “And apparently, I still have many cousins out there named Mercier up in the Montreal area that I’m related to. Because of that and the great spirit of the Canadian people, [my wife] Andrea and I, when we come up here every summer, it’s a real pleasure to come here. Because of that, Canada is more than just a stop for me to play golf in a great national championship, it’s like a second home to me.”

In addition to claiming the national senior title, Mercier has earned entry into the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur championship to be contested from September 17-22 at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo. Despite only learning of the exemption moments after his final putt, Mercier was buoyed by the victory and looks forward to the challenge ahead.

“When I’ve won in the past, I’ve gained some confidence,” explained Mercier. “I played okay earlier in the year, but in July and August, I hadn’t really played very well, so I started to lose some confidence. And then I could tell, my confidence started coming back during the second round because I started hitting some good shots and I was able to get up on some of the tougher holes and drive the ball a little more precise with confidence. I’m sure – I won’t know until next week when I go down to the U.S. Senior Amateur – but I know I’ll have more confidence than I came here with which will be a big help.”

Finishing in second-place was James Gallagher of Yorktown, Va. The 58-year-old collected four birdies, but fell shy of his goal by two strokes. Claiming shares of third at 2-under were Brady Exber of Las Vegas and Camrose, Alta., native Frank Van Dornick.

Van Dornick, Schultz and Brian Brown of Nanton, Alta., captured the inter-provincial team championship which was contested concurrently over the tournament’s two opening rounds. The trio claimed a nine-stroke victory over Team Manitoba.

Also played alongside the championship’s first 36-holes was the Super Senior division. John Gallacher of Burnaby, B.C., posted back-to-back 72s to secure a six-stroke victory in the 65-and-over competition.

Ottawa’s Tom Hossfeld was the top finisher from Eastern Ontario. He finished in a share of 27th place.

Dru Lafave of Ottawa finished in a tie for 11th in the Super Senior Category.

The 2017 edition of the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship will be hosted at Kanawaki Golf Club in Montréal from September 11-14.

Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 United States Michael Mercier  Juno Beach, FL -2 F -5 68 74 71 70 283
2 United States James Gallagher  Yorktown, VA -3 F -3 74 69 73 69 285
T3 Canada Frank Van Dornick  Camrose, AB -1 F -2 74 68 73 71 286
T3 United States Brady Exber  Las Vegas, NV -1 F -2 69 72 74 71 286
5 United States Peter Wegmann  Fort Lauderdale, FL -5 F -1 75 73 72 67 287
6 Canada John Gallacher  Burnaby, BC +1 F +1 72 72 72 73 289
T7 Canada Doug Roxburgh  Vancouver, BC E F +3 74 72 73 72 291
T7 United States Jack Hall  Savannah, GA +3 F +3 73 71 72 75 291
9 United States Buzz Fly  Memphis, TN E F +5 72 71 78 72 293
T10 Canada Christopher Kertsos  Pickering, ON +1 F +6 72 76 73 73 294
T10 United States Pat Thompson  Asheville, NC +1 F +6 76 70 75 73 294
T12 Canada Garth Collings  Matlock, MB E F +7 70 72 81 72 295
T12 Canada Larry Cooper  Oakville, ON E F +7 76 72 75 72 295
T12 Hong Kong Doug Williams  Hong Kong +6 F +7 74 70 73 78 295
T15 Canada Norm Bradley  Kelowna, BC -2 F +8 74 71 81 70 296
T15 Canada Sandy Billyard  Ridgeville, ON E F +8 74 75 75 72 296
T15 United States William Jackson  Oklahoma City, OK E F +8 75 76 73 72 296
T18 Canada Tim Southcott  Milton, ON -3 F * +9 75 77 76 69 297
T18 Germany Ulrich Schulte  Germany +1 F +9 72 78 74 73 297
T18 Canada Brian Brown  Nanton, AB +6 F +9 74 70 75 78 297
T18 Canada Lars Melander  Oakville, ON +6 F +9 72 74 73 78 297
T18 Canada David Schultz  Calgary, AB +12 F +9 72 71 70 84 297
T23 United States Duke Delcher  Bluffton, SC +1 F +10 75 75 75 73 298
T23 Canada Nick Digiandomenico  Wasaga Beach, ON +3 F +10 75 71 77 75 298
T25 United States Allen Barber  Yorktown, VA -1 F +11 73 77 78 71 299
T25 Canada Rick Dodds-Hebron  Brampton, ON +1 F +11 77 76 73 73 299
T27 Canada Tom Hossfeld  Ottawa, ON E F * +12 72 76 80 72 300
T27 Canada Joe Miszk  Niagara Falls +3 F +12 73 74 78 75 300
T27 Norway Tore Sviland  Norway +3 F +12 71 78 76 75 300
T27 United States Ronald Kilby  McAllen, TX +6 F +12 74 74 74 78 300
T31 Canada Howard Broun  Calgary, AB +1 F * +13 75 75 78 73 301
T31 Canada Alan Stewart  Grande Prairie, AB +1 F * +13 77 71 80 73 301
T31 Canada Michael Jackson  Collingwood, ON +2 F +13 74 73 80 74 301
T31 Canada Doug Alexander  London, ON +4 F +13 74 72 79 76 301
T31 Canada Allan Ross  Calgary, AB +8 F +13 70 75 76 80 301
T36 Canada Harry Ferguson  Invermere, BC +1 F * +14 75 77 77 73 302
T36 Canada Merv Dusyk  Sylvan Lake, AB +5 F +14 78 72 75 77 302
T38 Canada Jim Briggs  Fenwick, ON +5 F +15 71 82 73 77 303
T38 United States Gary Robinson  Fayetteville, NC -1 F * +15 79 76 77 71 303
40 Canada Jean-Guy Garnier  Lévis, QC +8 F +16 76 73 75 80 304
T41 Canada Michael Walker  Winnipeg, MB +5 F +17 74 77 77 77 305
T41 Canada Gudmund Lindbjerg  Port Moody, BC +5 F +17 75 77 76 77 305
T41 Canada Floyd Kilgore  Grimshaw, AB +6 F +17 77 75 75 78 305
T41 Canada Ken Rodgers  Regina, SK +3 F * +17 81 73 76 75 305
T41 Australia Peter King  Australia +8 F +17 79 73 73 80 305
T46 Canada Michael Mealia  Richmondhill, ON +5 F * +18 76 79 74 77 306
T46 Canada Brian Coston  Calgary, AB +3 F * +18 77 78 76 75 306
T48 Canada Luc Bergeron  St-Denis-de-Brompton, QC +7 F +19 75 75 78 79 307
T48 Canada Mike Sweett  Calgary, AB +7 F * +19 79 73 76 79 307
T48 Canada Ernie Sheaves  Baddeck, NS +4 F * +19 80 74 77 76 307
T48 Canada Randy Blondin  Nepean, ON +2 F * +19 77 77 79 74 307
T52 Canada William King  Sault Ste. Marie, ON +5 F * +21 75 76 81 77 309
T52 Canada John Hunt  Kanata, ON +6 F * +21 80 75 76 78 309
T52 Canada Gary Smith  Kingston, NS +5 F * +21 77 74 81 77 309
T55 Canada Dan Coulombe  Fredericton, NB +7 F * +22 74 78 79 79 310
T55 Canada Ron Kelly  Calgary, AB +7 F * +22 75 75 81 79 310
T55 Canada Bill Hilton  Newmarket, ON +4 F * +22 79 76 79 76 310
T58 Canada Mark Spooner  West Vancouver, BC +7 F * +23 76 74 82 79 311
T58 Canada Wally Keating  London, ON +6 F * +23 79 74 80 78 311
T58 Canada Scott Purdy  Brampton, ON +3 F * +23 79 76 81 75 311
T61 Canada John Murphy  Orillia, ON +9 F * +24 76 77 78 81 312
T61 Canada Dave Miller  West Vancouver, BC +6 F * +24 75 76 83 78 312
T61 Canada Dru Lafave  Ottawa, ON +6 F * +24 72 83 79 78 312
T61 Canada Robert Gibson  Toronto, ON +5 F * +24 77 74 84 77 312
T61 Canada Brad Walsh  London, ON +3 F * +24 75 77 85 75 312
T66 Canada Tim Young  Orangeville, ON +9 F * +25 83 72 77 81 313
T66 Canada Rick Valin  Kitchener, ON +2 F * +25 76 79 84 74 313
T68 Canada Rick Cody  Mississau, ON +9 F * +26 76 77 80 81 314
T68 Canada Kerry Short  Vineland, ON +6 F * +26 73 78 85 78 314
70 Canada John Husband  Burlington, ON +7 F * +27 74 81 81 79 315
71 Canada Bruce Gerrard  Okotoks, AB +11 F * +28 80 75 78 83 316
72 Canada Brad Haw  Maple Ridge, BC +4 F * +29 74 81 86 76 317
73 Canada Brian Graham  New Westminster, BC +17 F * +30 77 75 77 89 318
74 Canada Stephen Brodie  London, ON +6 F * +31 74 81 86 78 319
T75 Canada Finley Mah  Edmonton, AB +12 F * +32 75 80 81 84 320
T75 Canada Gerard McAnulty  Sarnia, ON +8 F * +32 77 76 87 80 320
77 Canada Larry Anderson  St Catharines, ON +5 F * +33 76 79 89 77 321