Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 24, 2005 16:16 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor CHARLOTTETOWN--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 24, 2005) - Manitoba shot a team-total 222 at Belvedere Golf Club on Wednesday for a team-total 434 to win the Inter-provincial team title at the Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

"This is great! I'm very proud of the boys…winning this is huge," said Garth Collings of Matlock, Man., who led the team to victory with a second-round even-par 72. "There are a lot of happy 40-year olds in Manitoba right now."

The foursome of Collings (68-72), Bruce North of St Norbert (70-75), Dave Anderson of Winnipeg (74-75) and Mark Starodub of Selkirk (77-84) outlasted Saskatchewan by four strokes and take home the provinces first R. Bruce Forbes trophy. Afterwards the team came together and commented on the importance of a positive team atmosphere.

"It is nice to knock off the big provinces for once…it feels really good," said Anderson of his provinces first win in the history of the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship. "Our team had a great attitude and we have a lot of fun together…it really helped."

Saskatchewan finished second at 438 while Ontario made a charge from sixth place to finish third at 439. Defending champions New Brunswick (441) took fourth place, one stroke ahead of Quebec (442) in fifth.

The wrap-up of the team competition marked the completion of the morning draw of Wednesday's second round of stroke play. Afternoon start times began at 12:00 pm. Following the completion of Thursday's third round, the field will be cut to the low 32 players for match play. Any playoff for the final match-play seeds will take place immediately following the completion of the round.

The following are final results for the Inter-provincial Team Championship (Best 3 of 4 scores count towards overall team total):

Par 72 / 6,494 yards

Garth Collings-68-72
Bruce North-70-75
Dave Anderson-74-75
Mark Starodub-77-84

Colin Coben-73-76
Rick Hallberg-69-73
Bill Cameron-71-76
Karl Parrington-69-77

Bill Swartz-74-74
Kelly Roberts-76-73
Ron Pearson-75-71
Mark Brewer-74-72

New Brunswick
Mel Murray-74-74
Richard York-70-79
Dale Kinnie-72-78
Bob Brown-73-74

Graham Cooke-73-74
Claude Charpentier-79-74
Serge Dagenais-73-75
Chris Henri-78-70

Nova Scotia
Robert Collins-72-72
Gerry MacMillan-74-76
Paul Batchelor-74-77
Steven Ward-75-74

British Columbia
John Gallacher-74-77
Harry Ferguson-73-77
Mike Mannion-70-77
Tom Dixon-78-73

Brian Laubman-76-79
Robert Legros-77-75
Frank Van Dornick-82-71
Senan Foley-73-74

Grant Sommers-79-76
Roddy Willis-71-75
Dave Shellington-73-74
Marty Koughan-79-78

Banks Scott-76-84
Chuck Conley-83-81
Bob Skanes-75-83
Bob Faulkner-78-76

The Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 40 by August 23, 2005 and are members of a club belonging to the RCGA or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations.

Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, August 23 to Thursday, August 25, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will then be reduced to 32 players for match play with a competitor's position in the draw determined by his qualifying score. The first and second round of matches will take place Friday, August 26, with the quarterfinal and semi-final matches held Saturday, August 27. The 18-hole championship match will take place Sunday, August 28. 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 with the best three of four scores counting towards the overall team total.

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members nationwide. In addition to providing core services such as the Rules of Golf, handicapping, support of turfgrass and environmental research, and BMO Financial Group Future Links, Canada's national junior golf program and supporting the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the RCGA also conducts Canada's most prestigious golf championships. The Bell Canadian Open and BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit


Erin Mathany
RCGA Communications Coordinator
Cellular: 905-467-8738
Tournament office: 902-892-1532


Contact Information

  • Erin Mathany, Jr. Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 232
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009