MacKenzie Hughes Wins Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

– Team Canada National Squad member earns exemption into 2012 RBC Canadian Open –

MacKenzie Hughes (Photo: Golf Canada/Fred Greenslade

Winnipeg, Man. (Golf Canada) – Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., carded a final round 1-under par 70 to capture the 107th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Niakwa Country Club in Winnipeg.

Hughes, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, finished at 10-under par 274 for the championship, besting 2010 Canadian Men’s Amateur champion and teammate, Albin Choi of Toronto, by two strokes. Choi posted a four-day tally of 8-under par 276, after posting a score of 1-under par 70 in round four.

“It was one of the hardest days of golf that I’ve had to play,” said Hughes, who is entering his senior season at Kent State University. “It was really fun and I enjoyed being in that position, but I was sweating, big time. Thankfully, I got it done.”

Coming off an impressive win at the 2011 Glencoe Invitational, a T9 finish in the stroke play portion of the 2011 Western Amateur and a junior collegiate campaign that saw the 20-year-old earn individual medalist honors at the 2011 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship and also garner First-Team All-MAC honors, Hughes called the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship victory the “biggest” of his career.

“To say I’m a national champion of Canada is a huge honor,” said Hughes . “It has been a long time coming. I’ve had some close calls in these big events for Canada, so this feels amazing. Definitely, at the top of my list for wins.”

With the victory, Hughes earned exemptions into the 2012 RBC Canadian Open, a PGA TOUR event at Hamilton Golf & Country Club as well as the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisc., later this month.

“That’s storybook,” said Hughes. “Whenever [the Canadian Open] is at Hamilton, the last two times it was there, I was dying to be there playing. Obviously, back then I wasn’t good enough, but next year hopefully my game keeps improving and I can have a good week in front of the home crowd.”

Jacob Patte of Oshawa, Ont., a member of Team Ontario’s 2011 Willingdon Cup championship team, Team Canada Development Squad member, Wilson Bateman of Spruce Grove, Alta., 2011 B.C. Mid-Amateur Championship winner, Cory Renfrew of Victoria, B.C., and Team Canada National Squad member, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., finished in a four-way tie for third at 7-under par 277 for the championship.

Opening-round leader, T.J. Bordeaux of Tacoma, Wash., posted a four-day tally of 4-under par 280 to finish T7 alongside Matt Hansen of Los Osos, Calif., and Justin Shin of Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Ottawa’s Ben Bell was the only Eastern Ontario-based golfer to make the 36-hole cut.  Bell finished in a tie for 66th place.

The 2011 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Niakwa Country Club featured 240 players with a cut after 36 holes to the low 70 and ties. Elmhurst Golf and Country Club joined Niakwa Country Club in hosting the opening two rounds of the championship with the final two weekend rounds being contested at Niakwa Country Club.

The 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship will take place at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ont.,  from August 4-10, 2012. The 108th playing of the championship will once again feature an expanded field of 240 competitors with Club de golf Outaouais in Rockland, Ont., also challenging players during the opening 36-holes of the event.

The following are final-round scores for the 2011 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship for Sunday, August 14, 2011:

1. Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, ON, 68-72-64-70-274 -10

2. Albin Choi, Toronto, ON, 69-67-70-70-276 -8

3. Jacob Patte, Oshawa, ON, 69-68-74-66-277 -7

3. Wilson Bateman, Spruce Grove, AB, 68-67-72-70-277 -7

3. Cory Renfrew, Victoria, BC, 67-68-72-70-277 -7

3. Corey Conners, Listowel, ON, 71-72-63-71-277 -7

7. Matt Hansen, Los Osos, CA, 72-69-69-70-280 -4

7. T.J. Bordeaux, Tacoma, WA, 65-71-71-73-280 -4

7. Justin Shin, Pitt Meadow, BC, 66-72-69-73-280 -4

10. Richard Werenski, South Hadley, MA, 73-68-70-71-282 -2

11. Charlie Bull, England, 72-70-75-66-283 -1

11. John Hahn, Las Vegas, NV, 69-75-68-71-283 -1

11. Jean-Hubert Trahan, Lachenaie, QC, 72-73-68-70-283 -1

14. Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, ON, 67-71-73-73-284 E

14. Mathieu Gingras, Moncton, NB, 70-70-71-73-284 E

14. Hunter Hamrick, Montgomery, AL, 72-69-69-74-284 E

17. Daniel Chian, Covina, CA, 70-71-73-71-285 +1

17. Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, GA, 69-71-71-74-285 +1

19. Scott Markham, Winnipeg, MB, 72-72-71-71-286 +2

20. Johan De Beer, South Africa, 73-72-72-70-287 +3

20. Scott Landreth, Stratford, ON, 75-71-70-71-287 +3

20. Eric Banks, Truro, NS, 71-73-73-70-287 +3

20. Brett McIntosh, London, ON, 70-74-73-70-287 +3

20. Taylor Pendrith, Richmond Hill, ON, 71-73-72-71-287 +3

20. Dave K. Lang, Toronto, ON, 69-76-70-72-287 +3

20. Eric Chun, Korea, 73-68-72-74-287 +3

27. Ben Warnquist, Rockville, MD, 73-72-72-71-288 +4

27. Brian Jung, Korea, 71-75-70-72-288 +4

27. Andrew McCain, Australia, 70-71-74-73-288 +4

27. Matt Rawitzer, Bellingham, WA, 70-74-68-76-288 +4

27. Morgan Decksheimer, Westbank, BC, 73-71-68-76-288 +4

27. Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, BC, 73-71-76-68-288 +4

33. Alex Edfort, Somerset, NJ, 71-71-75-72-289 +5

33. Garrett Rank, Elmira, ON, 71-72-73-73-289 +5

33. Craig Doell, Victoria, BC, 72-74-72-71-289 +5

36. Ryan Terdik, Mt. Pleasant, ON, 75-71-70-74-290 +6

37. Miguel Echavarria, Colombia, 72-73-72-74-291 +7

37. Kevin Spooner, West Vancouver, BC, 72-71-75-73-291 +7

37. Todd Fanning, Winnipeg, MB, 69-75-72-75-291 +7

37. Nicolas Echavarria, Colombia, 75-71-72-73-291 +7

37. Zachary Kempa, Brantford, ON, 75-71-72-73-291 +7

42. Chris Hemmerich, Kitchener, ON, 74-71-72-75-292 +8

42. Andrew Funk, Edmonton, AB, 70-73-72-77-292 +8

42. Scott Malo, Calgary, AB, 72-74-72-74-292 +8

42. Graham Baillargeon, Mississauga, ON, 73-73-73-73-292 +8

46. Alex Carrigan, Guelph, ON, 71-72-74-76-293 +9

46. Matt Wheeler, Toronto, ON, 73-72-72-76-293 +9

46. Raoul Ménard, Ange-Gardien, QC, 76-70-72-75-293 +9

49. Carson Kallis, Red Deer, AB, 73-72-73-76-294 +10

49. Jarred Callbeck, Victoria, BC, 79-64-77-74-294 +10

51. Alex Dumais, Caledon, ON, 71-72-74-78-295 +11

51. Adrian Kibsey, Winnipeg, MB, 72-73-74-76-295 +11

51. Brett Hogan, Calgary, AB, 73-70-76-76-295 +11

51. Bryan Lichimo, North Vancouver, BC, 71-71-79-74-295 +11

51. Parker Lilly, Victoria, BC, 70-76-76-73-295 +11

56. Craig Dale, East Mountain, NS, 73-72-70-81-296 +12

56. Ryan Borg, Orangeville, ON, 72-71-76-77-296 +12

56. James Fahy, Vancouver, BC, 75-70-76-75-296 +12

59. Aaron Pauls, Chilliwack, BC, 72-74-73-78-297 +13

59. Tim Hart, Australia, 74-72-73-78-297 +13

61. Ryan Werre, Redcliff, AB, 72-71-77-78-298 +14

61. Brad Phelps, Saskatoon, SK, 76-69-78-75-298 +14

61. Johnny Hall, Langton, ON, 75-71-77-75-298 +14

64. Scott Smyers, Lakeland, FL, 69-77-72-81-299 +15

64. Mac Boucher, Uxbridge, ON, 74-71-78-76-299 +15

66. Ben Bell, Ottawa, ON, 74-71-79-76-300 +16

66. Simon McInnis, Toronto, ON, 75-71-80-74-300 +16

68. Ben Mangum, Montgomery, AL, 74-71-78-78-301 +17

69. Scott Thompson, St. Walburg, SK, 75-71-73-83-302 +18

70. Harry Roberts, Saint Joseph, MO, 74-70-85-76-305 +21

71. Brett Drewitt, Australia, 74-72-82-78-306 +22


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CUT. Patrick Williams, Toronto, ON, +5

CUT. Sonny Michaud, Rouyn Noranda, QC, +5

CUT. Blair Hamilton, Burlington, ON, +5

CUT. Troy Bulmer, Saskatoon, SK, +5

CUT. Mitch Sutton, London, ON, +5

CUT. Conrad Shindler, Dallas, TX, +5

CUT. Chris Cooke, Canmore, AB, +5

CUT. Matthew Whittaker, Lethbridge, AB, +5

CUT. Matt Tindale, Victoria, BC, +5

CUT. Alex Johnson, Tucson, AZ, +5

CUT. Shawn Vanderwal, Kamloops, BC, +5

CUT. Michael Brown, Cheltenham, PA, +5

CUT. Lewis Chong, Lethbridge, AB, +5

CUT. Ryan Peterson, Eagan, MN, +6

CUT. Jesse Skelton, St. Francois Xavier, MB, +6

CUT. Craig Gibson, Brooks, AB, +6

CUT. Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, BC, +6

CUT. Jason Roach, Saint John, NB, +6

CUT. Russell Bowie, Mississauga, ON, +6

CUT. Greggory Palmer, Port Alberni, BC, +6

CUT. Keith Martin, Kelowna, BC, +6

CUT. Patrick Weeks, Vancouver, BC, +6

CUT. Bret Thompson, Winnipeg, MB, +6

CUT. Daniel Kim, Toronto, ON, +6

CUT. Stephane Dubois, Brantford, ON, +6

CUT. Dale Goehring, Calgary, AB, +6

CUT. Juan Salcedo, Mexico, +6

CUT. Lucas Kim, Toronto, ON, +6

CUT. Britt Pronk, London, ON, +6

CUT. Martin O’Brien, O’Leary, PE, +7

CUT. Juan Sebastian Munoz, Colombia, +7

CUT. Richard Jung, Toronto, ON, +7

CUT. Sebastian Szirmak, Toronto, ON, +7

CUT. Cory Hilditch, Pentiction, BC, +7

CUT. Michael Nedoszytko, Toronto, ON, +7

CUT. Drew Nesbitt, Horseshoe Valley, ON, +7

CUT. Scott Samuel, Etobicoke, ON, +7

CUT. Christopher Bevan, Toronto, ON, +7

CUT. Rob Cowan, Waterloo, ON, +7

CUT. Conner Kozak, Vernon, BC, +7

CUT. Brett Cairns, Courtland, ON, +8

CUT. Iannick Lamarre, St Luc, QC, +8

CUT. Brad Blair, Lanigan, SK, +8

CUT. Eric Locke, Digby, NS, +8

CUT. Brock Crosson, Edmonton, AB, +8

CUT. John Neufeld, Calgary, AB, +8

CUT. Andrew Lawson, Dallas, TX, +8

CUT. Kowan O’Keefe, Blind Bay, BC, +8

CUT. Matthew Steger, North Vancouver, BC, +8

CUT. Chase Blaich, DeFuniak Spring, FL, +8

CUT. Mitchell Griffin, Driftwood, TX, +9

CUT. Garren Poirier, Killington, VT, +9

CUT. Brent Wilson, Victoria, BC, +9

CUT. Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, +9

CUT. Matt Carroll, Heathrow, FL, +9

CUT. Matthew Hamilton, Courtenay, BC, +9

CUT. Eric Johnson, Winnipeg, MB, +9

CUT. Bryan Scott, Victoria, BC, +9

CUT. Greg Forbes, Kelowna, BC, +9

CUT. Scott Stiles, Calgary, AB, +9

CUT. Torrie Coghlin, Saskatoon, SK, +9

CUT. John Atherton, Toronto, ON, +9

CUT. Matt Gray, Winnipeg, MB, +9

CUT. Chris Welton, York, PE, +9

CUT. Daniel Pow, Calgary, AB, +9

CUT. Brendan Leonard, Cambridge, ON, +10

CUT. Gerry MacDonald, Chestermere, AB, +10

CUT. Michael Belle, Burnaby, BC, +10

CUT. Ryan Pitzel, Winnipeg, MB, +10

CUT. Binupa Wijesinghe, Brampton, ON, +10

CUT. Riley Balson, Kamloops, BC, +10

CUT. David Rose, West Vancouver, BC, +10

CUT. Greg MacAulay, Stratford, PE, +10

CUT. David Arnold, Collingwood, ON, +10

CUT. Aaron Cockerill, Stony Mountain, MB, +10

CUT. Jack Gibson, Fort Erie, ON, +10

CUT. Sean Lackey, Kingston, ON, +10

CUT. Philip Chian, Covina, CA, +10

CUT. Christopher Dean, Australia, +10

CUT. Derek East, Winnipeg, MB, +11

CUT. Traynor Turkiewicz, Brantford, ON, +11

CUT. Brendan Barrack, Toronto, ON, +11

CUT. Julien Proulx, Quebec, QC, +11

CUT. Charles Cote, Thetford, QC, +11

CUT. Alex Rakowski, Edmonton, AB, +11

CUT. Corbin Adams, Edmonton, AB, +11

CUT. Garrett King, Charlotte, NC, +11

CUT. Jared Hundza, Victoria, BC, +11

CUT. Kody Fry, Grand Valley, ON, +11

CUT. Nicolas Fortin, Quebec City, QC, +11

CUT. Emmett Oh, Calgary, AB, +11

CUT. Jean Laverdière, Lévis, QC, +12

CUT. Larry Cooper, Oakville, ON, +12

CUT. Brent Pound, Kamloops, BC, +12

CUT. Neil Thomas, Edmonton, AB, +12

CUT. Robert Watts, Cold Lake, AB, +12

CUT. Matthew Kern, Calgary, AB, +12

CUT. Niilo Schonfeld, Scarborough, ON, +12

CUT. Andrew Zanatta, London, ON, +12

CUT. Spencer Harris, Winnipeg, MB, +12

CUT. John Regan, Burlington, ON, +12

CUT. Andy Zaba, Deer Valley, SK, +12

CUT. Matthieu Blouin, Ile D’Orléans, QC, +12

CUT. Patrick McRae, Markham, ON, +12

CUT. Ben Gresley-Jones, Rossland, BC, +12

CUT. Jonathan Kim-Moss, Mississauga, ON, +12

CUT. Max Gilbert, Saint-Georges, QC, +13

CUT. Sean Hurley, Cole Harbour, NS, +13

CUT. Christopher Evans, Halifax, NS, +13

CUT. Burke Wiebe, Winnipeg, MB, +13

CUT. Simon Reyers, Kingston, ON, +13

CUT. Sam Holland, New Minas, NS, +13

CUT. Clayton Presant, Kingston, ON, +13

CUT. David Sreiberg, Newmarket, ON, +13

CUT. Timothy Birnie, Canmore, AB, +13

CUT. Brett McNallie, Drayton Valley, AB, +13

CUT. Kyle Mossfeldt, Calgary, AB, +13

CUT. Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, +13

CUT. Josh Wytinck, Glenboro, MB, +14

CUT. David Stewart, Prince Albert, SK, +14

CUT. Jordan Krulicki, Red Deer, AB, +14

CUT. Kyle Hampsey, Lincoln, NB, +14

CUT. Brian Katchnoski, Winnipeg, MB, +14

CUT. Nicholas Gagne, Richmond, BC, +14

CUT. Tyler Friesen, Kane, MB, +14

CUT. Justin Richard, Dieppe, NB, +15

CUT. Scott Secord, Calgary, AB, +15

CUT. Michael Ayotte, Oshawa, ON, +15

CUT. Austin Cruickshank, Calgary, AB, +15

CUT. Kenny Gregor, Calgary, AB, +15

CUT. Andrew Rasmussen, Delta, BC, +15

CUT. Dillon Batsel, Medicine Hat, AB, +15

CUT. Garth Collings, Matlock, MB, +15

CUT. Derek Rucki, Chestermere, AB, +15

CUT. Christopher Bockstael, Ottawa, ON, +16

CUT. Jordan Rosenlund, Langley, BC, +16

CUT. Mark Starodub, Selkirk, MB, +16

CUT. Nicholas Ross, Dundas, ON, +17

CUT. Dean Herak, Winnipeg, MB, +17

CUT. Tae Won Kim, Korea, +17

CUT. Steve Holland, Fredricton, NB, +17

CUT. Taylor Reilly, Winnipeg, MB, +17

CUT. Kyle Sayani, Mississauga, ON, +18

CUT. Nikashantess Penashue, Sheshatshiu, NL, +18

CUT. Gunntas Sidhu, Port Coquitlam, BC, +19

CUT. Robert Ellis, St. Catharines, ON, +19

CUT. Turner Southey-Gordon, Toronto, ON, +19

CUT. Chris Gardner, Thunder Bay, ON, +20

CUT. Ryan Lloyd, Mission, BC, +20

CUT. Sang Gyun Lee, Calgary, AB, +20

CUT. Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, +21

CUT. Aaron Hale, Coquitlam, BC, +21

CUT. David Pinkerton, Espanola, ON, +21

CUT. Jeff Wright, Mission, BC, +21

CUT. Ryan Boland, St. John’s, NL, +22

CUT. Yves Bisson, Rosedale, BC, +22

CUT. Christian Pomerleau, Kelowna, BC, +23

CUT. Adam Stanley, St. John’s, NL, +24

CUT. James Lane, Barriere, BC, +25

CUT. Eric Praught, Canmore, AB, +26

CUT. Matthew Simmons, St. John’s, NL, +31

CUT. Brett Macgillivary, Edmonton, AB, +32

CUT. Paul Antle, St. John’s, NL, +36

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