Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 10, 2005 13:55 ET

BELL BAY GOLF CLUB SET TO HOST CANADIAN MEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

16-year old Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. looks to defend his title Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor BADDECK--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2005) - Another chapter in the storied history of Canadian golf is set to be written as Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S. gets set to host the 101st playing of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

The prestigious national event runs from August 12-19 and will crown Canada's top amateur golfer. Leading the charge this year is defending champion Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C. who etched his name in Canadian golf's record books as the youngest champion ever to hoist the Earl Grey Cup. The then 15-year old Wallace defeated Marc Bourgeois of Dieppe, N.B. 5&3 in the 36-hole final match at Beaconsfield Golf Club and will be looking to become 12th player in the 101-year history of the event to successfully defend their title, as well as the 15th multiple-winner of the championship.

Wallace leads a stellar field of competitors at Bell Bay that also includes 2003 Canadian Amateur champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. and James Lepp of Abbotsford, B.C. Lepp comes in as the four-time B.C. Amateur champion who earned international attention earlier this year as the first Canadian to ever win the NCAA Division I individual title. Scott, who advanced to the semi-finals at last year's Canadian Amateur, also had a solid 2005 college season helping to lead his University of Georgia squad to the NCAA Division I team title.

Other notables include 2004 Canadian Amateur runner-up Marc Bourgeois, and 2004 Canadian Amateur semi-finalist James Allenby of Langley, B.C., as well as past Canadian Amateur winners Dale Goehring of Calgary (1997) and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Doug Roxburgh of Vancouver (1972, '74, '82 and '88).

"We are delighted to be hosting Canada's most prestigious amateur golf championship at Bell Bay Golf Club," said Brent McLaughlin, RCGA Director of Amateur Competitions. "The golf course is a true championship layout and the outstanding field of Canadian and international competitors we're expecting are also truly befitting the challenge and tradition of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship."

An Inter-provincial Team Championship for the Willingdon Cup will also take place in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play. Last year, British Columbia claimed the province's 22nd Willingdon Cup, shooting a team-total 420 for a six-stroke victory over New Brunswick. Alberta and Nova Scotia tied for third at 427 while Ontario rounded out the top-five at 431.

The Canadian Amateur will also feature live hole-by-hole scoring. The initiative will continue to increase the communication of scores for spectators, media and interested golf fans abroad, adding to the prestige of Canada's premier amateur golf championship.

The Canadian 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.

This year's event kicks off with a qualifying round on Friday, August 12 at Bell Bay. Practice rounds will be held on Saturday, August 13 with the first two rounds of qualifying stroke play set for Sunday and Monday. Match play will run Tuesday to Friday with the 36-hole final match set for Friday, August 19.

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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For More Information:
Dan Pino
Senior Communications Coordinator
Royal Canadian Golf Association
905-849-9700 ext. 406
416-434-5525 (cell)
dpino@rcga.org

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Contact Information

  • Dan Pino, Senior Communications Coordinator, Royal Canadian Golf Association
    Primary Phone: 905-849-9700 ext. 406
    Secondary Phone: 416-434-5525
    Toll-Free: 800-263-0009
    E-mail: dpino@rcga.org