Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 14, 2005 20:18 ET

ANDREW PARR TAKES OPENING-ROUND LEAD AT CANADIAN MEN'S AMATEUR

Alberta leads Inter-provincial race for Willingdon Cup Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor BADDECK--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 14, 2005) - Andrew Parr of London, Ont. fired a scorching five-under 67 Sunday at Bell Bay Golf Club to take the opening-round clubhouse lead at the 101st playing of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Parr caught fire mid-round reeling off seven birdies from holes six through 13 to take a one-stroke lead over Greg Brine of Moncton, N.B. and Brad Iles of Wellington, N.Z. Afterwards, the 22-year old admitted that though ultimately a true test of golf, the challenging Cape Breton layout has played to his strengths in the championship's early going.

"The golf course is really playing like a national championship course," said Parr, a member of the RCGA Player Development Program's National Amateur Team. "I started getting into a groove on six and my swing just felt right. The key for me right now is to keep it simple, hopefully continue to play well, find my lines out there and play it safe into match play."

Breen was the early story of the day at Bell Bay after having played his way into the championship through Friday's Canadian Amateur qualifier. The 22-year old fired five birdies on the day to hold a share of second with Iles as the kiwi made a charge on his back nine finishing with six birdies.

"This golf course really sets up well for me with my length off the tee," said Brine, who fired a 74 in the qualifier to earn his spot in the field. "This is an awesome golf course and a real test and its key with this layout to keep it between the trees. Hopefully my putter keeps working for me tomorrow and I can stick to my game plan to play for par."

Corey Steger of North Vancouver, B.C. and Josh Geary of Wellington, N.Z. hold down a share of fourth at three-under 69 while Greg Jones of Moncton, N.B., Andrew Ross of Dundas, Ont. and Rick Blair of Victoria, B.C. are tied for sixth at 70. Defending champion Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. sits tied for 37th at 74.

With darkness setting in, RCGA tournament officials postponed the completion of the opening round with three golfers yet to complete their rounds. The opening round will be completed at 7:00 am on Monday with second-round action set to begin at approximately 7:30 am.

In the hunt for the Willingdon Cup, the Alberta team of James Love of Calgary (71), Ryan Swelin of Sundre (74), Ryan Lecuyer of Edmonton (75) and Ryan Vallely of Medicine Hat (77) fired a team-total 220 to take a one-stroke lead into Monday's final round of team play. New Brunswick sits second at 221 while Ontario is third at 222 and defending champion British Columbia is fourth at 227. The Willingdon Cup Inter-provincial team championship will wrap up Monday with the teams teeing off in the morning draw.

Andrew Fox of Okotoks, Alta. will live vicariously through his son Mitchell this week in Baddeck. The elder Fox, who accompanied his son to last week's Canadian Junior Championship in Woodstock, Ont., was originally registered to compete in Friday's Canadian Men's Amateur qualifier. When weather delayed the final round of the Junior on Thursday, Fox decided to withdraw from qualifier and remain in Woodstock to watch his son win the Canadian Junior title. With his dad as his caddy, Fox shot an opening-round 73 and sits tied for 21st.

The following are opening-round individual scores for Sunday, August 14.

1-Andrew Parr-London, ON-67
T2-Greg Breen-Hampton, NB-68
-Brad Iles-Wellington, NZ-68
T4-Corey Steger-North Vancouver, BC-69
-Josh Geary-Wellington, NZ-69
T6-Greg Jones-Moncton, NB-70
-Andrew Ross-Dundas, ON-70
-Rick Blair-Victoria, BC-70
T9-Jay Snyder-Vancouver, BC-71
-Bob Thomson-Petrolia, ON-71
-Dave Bunker-Woodbridge, ON-71
-Dale Vallely-Medicine Hat, AB-71
-James Love-Calgary, AB-71
-Eric West-Pembroke, AL-71
T15-Brandon Davis-Port Saint Lucie, FL-72
-Nicholas Gagné-Richmond, BC-72
-Marc Bourgeois-Dieppe, NB-72
-Graham Hill-Brights Grove, ON-72
-Rafael Lee-Burnaby, BC-72
-Victor Ciesielski-Cambridge, ON-72
-Doug Roxburgh-Vancouver, BC-72
-Ryan Yip-Calgary, AB-72
-Richard Scott-Kingsville, ON-72
T24-Thomas Hay-Langley, BC-73
-David Williamson-Halifax, NS-73
-Tony MacKinnon-Fredricton, NB-73
-Mark Leon-Brampton, ON-73
-Patrick Forbes-Toronto, ON-73
-Nathan Ward-Summerland, BC-73
-Kevin Dore-Dundas, ON-73
-James Chan-Ancaster, ON-73
-Casey Johnson-Invermere, BC-73
-Kent Eger-Radium Hot Springs, BC-73
-Mitchell Fox-Okotoks, AB-73
-Nicholas Wheeler-Ingersoll, ON-73
-Barrett Jarosch-Edmonton, AB-73
T37-Dennis Kavelman-Waterloo, ON-74
-Matt Hill-Brights Grove, ON-74
-Robbie Greenwell-Georgetown, ON-74
-Jordan Irwin-Calgary, AB-74
-Lloyd M. Fisher-Grand Rapids, MI-74
-Mark Sommerfeld-Waterloo, ON-74
-Michel Landry-Moncton, NB-74
-David Arnold-Brooklin, ON-74
-Ryan Swelin-Sundre, AB-74
-Terry O'Brien-Barrie, ON-74
-Nic Banfield-Halifax, NS-74
-Darren Wallace-Langley, BC-74
-Patrik Ericson-Langley, BC-74
-Matthew Hastings-West Vancouver, BC-74
T51-Matt Kerr-North Vancouver, BC-75
-Rob Collins-Yarmouth, NS-75
-Ryan Lecuyer-Edmonton, AB-75
-Philippe Dupuis-Ste-Thérèse, QC-75
-Ron Harvey-Picadilly, NB-75
-Ben Moser-Waterloo, ON-75
-Craig Doell-Victoria, BC-75
-Shawn LaFontaine-Cobourg, ON-75
-Jordan Krantz-Vermilion Bay, ON-75
-Keven Fortin-Simard-Roberval, QC-75
T61-Andrew An-Richmond Hill, ON-76
-Brodie Flanders-Fawcett Hill, NB-76
-Nick Kenney-Etobicoke, ON-76
-Peter Malo-Beaconsfield, QC-76
-J.C. Beecroft-Newcastle, ON-76
-Tommy Ursa-Caledon East, ON-76
-Will Mitchell-Whitby, ON-76
-James Latta-St.Clements, ON-76
-Cory Renfrew-Victoria, BC-76
-James Lepp-Abbotsford, BC-76
-Jason Galon-Regina, SK-76
-Christopher Ross-Dundas, ON-76
-Gerry MacMillan-Kingston, NS-76
-Peter Campbell-Baddeck, NS-76
-Scott Markham-Winnipeg, MB-76
-Dale Goehring-Calgary, AB-76
T77-Kris Wasylowich-Lethbridge, AB-77
-Kevin Carrigan-Victoria, BC-77
-Geoffrey Butt-Vancouver, BC-77
-Mikhial Pasic-London, ON-77
-Nick McNally-Dawes-Victoria, BC-77
-Adam Chamberlain-Bathurst, NB-77
-Brock Robillard-Calgary, AB-77
-Mark Bania-Kitchener, ON-77
-Richard Ross-Markham, ON-77
-Ryan Vallely-Medicine Hat, AB-77
-Peter Laws-Mississauga, ON-77
-Ricardo Carrillo-Mexico City, MX-77
-Graham DeLaet-Weyburn, SK-77
-David Nudds-Aurora, ON-77
-Oscar Fraustro-San Antonio, TX-77
T92-Matthew Hopkins-Nelson, BC-78
-Darcy Donaldson-Marathon, ON-78
-Matthew Johnston-Winnipeg, MB-78
-Blake Rowe-Sleeman-Coquitlam, BC-78
-Robert Allan-Halifax, NS-78
-Chris Gerrie-Cambridge, ON-78
-Darren Shaw-Stoney Creek , ON-78
-Michael Gregory-Bolton, ON-78
-Stephen Thomas-Vancouver, BC-78
-James Allenby-Langley, BC-78
-Trevor Edwards-Calgary, AB-78
-Jody Swim-Shelburne County, NS-78
-Lee Fairbairn-Saskatoon, SK-78
-Michael Knight-Calgary, AB-78
-J C Deacon-Unionville, ON-78
-Michael Legge-Clarenville, NF-78
-Marc-André Roy-Blainville, QC-78
T109-Scott Stiles-Calgary, AB-79
-Stephane Pellerin-Trois-Rivières, QC-79
-Dustin Zhang-Calgary, AB-79
-Matthew Steinbach-Red Deer, AB-79
-Kevin Bryce-Mississauga, ON-79
-Shawn Warren-Windham, ME-79
-Chad Gaudry-Okotoks, AB-79
-Mel Murray-Fredericton, NB-79
-Renaud Langevin-Scott, QC-79
-Kevin Crozier-Charlottetown, PE-79
T119-Luke Scrymgeour-Calgary, AB-80
-Christopher Kucera-Chatam, ON-80
-Lee French-London, ON-80
-Brian Kornelsen-Winnipeg, MB-80
-Jean-François Veilleux-Beauceville, QC-80
-Banks Scott-St. John's, NF-80
-Hector Diaz-San Antonio, TX-80
-Scott Loewen-Winnipeg, MB-80
-Kent MacDonald-Stratford, PE-80
T128-Sam Sharma-Calgary, AB-81
-Mitch Gillis-Williams Lake, BC-81
-Gregory McAuley-Surrey, BC-81
-Trevor Chow-Bedford, NS-81
-Brandan H.J. Price-Vancouver, BC-81
-Ryan Rutherford-Calgary, AB-81
-Alexandre Ouellette-St-Jérôme, QC-81
-Braden Graham-Medicine Hat, AB-81
-Tim Yorke-Kensington, PE-81
-Jaron Flynn-St. John's, NF-81
T138-Daniel Kim-North York, ON-82
-Tyler Mancini-Winnipeg, MB-82
-Blake Mitrush-Halfmoon Bay, BC-82
-Brenden Stuart-Whitby, NZ-82
-Tyler McDannold-Ancaster, ON-82
-Vincent Dumouchel-St-Philippe, QC-82
T144-Jacob Patte-Oshawa, ON-83
-Jai Hawker-Calgary, AB-83
-Russell Goodwin-London, ON-83
-Stewart Bannatyne-Winnipeg, MB-83
-Shelby Dreher-Fort St. John, BC-83
T149-Aaron Barrington-Sydney, NS-84
-Kirby Krupka-Grande Prairie, AB-84
-Chris Dunn-Hamilton, ON-84
-James Faraday-Calgary, AB-84
-Greg Pool-Langley, BC-84
-Jeremy Magdule-Mexico City, MX-84
-Tyler Wright-Regina, SK-84
-Paul Batchelor-Bedford, NS-84
157-Joey Ringaert-Winnipeg, MB-85
158-Robbie Younker-Stratford, PE-87
T159-Chase Osiowy-Calgary, AB-88
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--- In Progress----
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-Chris Hoyles-Gander, NF-1:57
-Mike Fortier-Charlottetown, PE-1:57
-Shayne Stevens-Eskasoni, NS-1:57

The following are opening-round team scores for the Willingdon Cup Inter-provincial team title:

(Best 3 of 4 scores count towards overall team total)

Alberta
Ryan Lecuyer
75
James Love
71
Ryan Swelin
74
Ryan Vallely
77
220

New Brunswick
Marc Bourgeois
72
Ron Harvey
75
Michel Landry
74
Mel Murray
79
221

Ontario
Graham Hill
72
Shawn LaFontaine
75
Peter Laws
77
Ben Moser
75
222

British Columbia
James Allenby
78
Kent Eger
73
James Lepp
76
Stephen Thomas
78
227

Nova Scotia
Nic Banfield
74
Paul Batchelor
84
Gerry MacMillan
76
Jody Swim
78
228

Manitoba
Stewart Bannatyne
83
Jordan Krantz
75
Scott Loewen
80
Scott Markham
76
231

Saskatchewan
Graham DeLaet
77
Lee Fairbairn
78
Jason Galon
76
Tyler Wright
84
231

Quebec
Vincent Dumouchel
82
Keven Fortin-Simard
75
Renaud Langevin
79
Marc-André Roy
78
232

-- In Progress --

Newfoundland
Jaron Flynn
81
Michael Legge
78
Banks Scott
80
Chris Hoyles DNF
239

Prince Edward Island
Kevin Crozier
79
Kent MacDonald
80
Tim Yorke
81
Michael Fortin DNF
240

The Canadian Men's Amateur Championship is open to male amateur golfers who are members of a club belonging to the RCGA or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations.

The championship consists of both stroke and match play. The stroke-play portion of the event will be played over 36 holes. The field will be reduced to 64 players after 36 holes qualifying for the match play portion of the championship. The field is open to a maximum of 162 players including all exempt and Friday qualifiers. The Inter-provincial Team Championship for the Willingdon Cup 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.

A complete list of players, starting times and post-round results, as well as live scoring for the 101st playing of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

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 www.rcga.org.

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