Gatineau, Que. (Golf Canada) – Canada’s top mid-amateur golfers will battle for a national crown when they gather next week at The Royal Ottawa Golf Club from August 16-20 for the 2010 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship conducted by Golf Canada.
New as of last year, the winner of the 2010 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will receive an exemption into the 2011 RBC Canadian Open, where they will compete against the PGA TOUR’s finest when Canada’s national Open championship returns to British Columbia at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
Defending champion and two-time runner-up Dave Bunker of Woodbridge, Ont., will look to defend his Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur title at this year’s championship for the second time. Bunker will also return to defend his title in the Canadian Mid-Masters division, looking for his fifth consecutive division victory.
“With the type of field competing this year, we are expecting some very high-calibre golf,” said Golf Canada Tournament Director Adam Helmer. “The Royal Ottawa Golf Club has proved to be a good test in past national championships and with an exemption on the line this year, it is sure to be an exciting finish.”
The Inter-provincial Team Championship for the R. Bruce Forbes Trophy features four-member teams competing in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play. Each day, the best three of four scores will count towards the two day team total. Defending champion Ontario will be looking to claim the title again this year, while 2009 runner-up Saskatchewan and third place British Columbia will look to topple their provincial rivals. Host province Quebec, who finished in fifth place last year, will try to claim their first inter-provincial team title.
The official practice round will be held Monday, August 16. Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 11 to Friday, August 20, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The event will be contested over 72 holes and after 36 holes the field will be reduced to the low 70 golfers with ties.
The Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to all male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 25 by August 17, 2010. The Mid-Masters championship is open to all male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 40 by August 17, 2010.
A complete list of players, starting times and post-round results for the 24th playing of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship can be found at www.golfcanada.ca/Championships.