When Ottawa resident Chris Bernard entered the brand new GolfTown National Amateur Series tournament at The Marshes earlier this year little did he know what it would lead to.
The Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, native has had a strong record of play in the National Capital Region, but now his game is elevated to a national level.
After winning the Mid-Amateur competition at the GolfTown Tournament in June, Bernard was elated but happy as well in knowing that he had also qualified for the National Championship for the Series.
That chmpionship was contested this past weekend, on September 18,19 at the famed Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario, the host site of two Canadian Opens. Despite the big stage, with winners of the tournament series flying in from all over the country, Bernard proved he was up to the task in firing rounds of 70 and 77 to not only win the Mid-Amateur Championship, but to also have the low score overall! Bernard beat out Gary Beattie of Bedford, Nova Scotia by just a single stroke.
Several other regional golfers competed in the Championship, most notably Jason Kerr of Stirling, Ontario, who won the C Flight and Dylan Odekirk who tied for top spot in the Junior Open before apparently losing in a playoff.
Billy Neilson of Lanark finished in 10th in the Championship Flight while Ryan Nearing of Ottawa shared 23rd in the same class.
Kevin Baldelli of Ottawa finished in 9th in A flight while Allan Sammy tied for 25th.
Ottawa’s Chad McNamara took 15th place in B.
William Poff of Gatineau was 5th in the Senior B Flight.
Joining Odekirk in the Junior Open category was Jesse Hogan of Kingston and Matthew Blasko of Kanata who took 6th and 12th place, respectively.