Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 26, 2005 11:31 ET

CANADIANS YIP, DEACON AND LEON ADVANCE TO QUATERFINALS OF US AMATEUR

Marks first time three Canadians have advanced to round of eight Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor ARDMORE--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 26, 2005) - Canada has taken the 2005 US Amateur Championship by storm as for the first time ever, three Canucks - Ryan Yip of Calgary, J.C. Deacon of Unionville, Ont. and Mark Leon of Brampton, Ont. - have advanced to the quarterfinals of the prestigious international amateur championship.

The Canadian trio are among five international competitors into the round of eight at Merion Golf Club. In all, 12 Canadians competed at this year's US Amateur with seven advancing into match play.

"We are starting to come out and show ourselves at these national tournaments," said Yip, a member of the RCGA's newly-created Canadian National Team. "We're going to have a lot more great Canadian amateurs soon. I can see it happening."

Perhaps 23-year-old Leon, the Penn State senior who will face fellow compatriot and UNLV fifth-year senior Deacon Friday, explained it best when asked what he made of seeing all the non-Americans still alive.

"I think the bottom line is, the U.S. Amateur, it's above and beyond any of the four majors and professional golf, in amateur golf," he said. "Like in professional golf, what I mean is you could argue that the Masters is the best or the U.S. Open is the best or the British Open is the best. This is like a World Amateur."

Yip, Deacon and Leon will look to become the first Canadian to win the US Amateur since Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Gary Cowan's victory in 1971. Cowan, a two-time winner of the event, also won the 1966 US Amateur which ironically, also played out at Merion Golf Club.

The only other Canadian besides Cowan to win the US Amateur was fellow Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Sandy Somerville who took home the 1932 title at the Baltimore Country Club. Canadian golf legend George S. Lyon, winner of eight Canadian Amateur titles, lost in the finals of the 1906 US Amateur.

Play continues through the 36-hole final scheduled for Sunday on NBC, with the winner earning exemptions into next year's U.S. Open, British Open and Masters Tournament. Live coverage of the quarterfinals will air on the Golf Channel Friday afternoon from 3-5 pm with NBC coverage of the semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday airing from 4-6 pm. (All times EDT)

A full listing of scores and match play results are available on-line on the official US Amateur website www.usamateur.org or through the Royal Canadian Golf Association website at www.rcga.org.

Pairings

Pairings for Friday's quarterfinal round of match play at the U.S. Amateur at the par 35-35-70, 6,846-yard Merion Golf Club (Times are EDT):

12:15 p.m. - Dillon Dougherty, Woodland, Calif. (143) vs. Ryan Yip, Canada (146)
12:30 p.m. - Mark Leon, Canada (144) vs. J.C. Deacon, Canada (146)
12:45 p.m. - Dawie van der Walt, South Africa (143) vs. Edoardo Molinari, Italy (146)
1:00 p.m. - Anthony Kim, LaQuinta, Calif. (146) vs. Austin Eaton III, North Sutton, N.H. (141)

Canadian Player Fast Facts:

J.C. Deacon, 22, Unionville, Ont.
Playing in his third Amateur…advanced to the second round of the 2005 Canadian Amateur…will be a fifth-year senior at UNLV in the fall…was the roommate of 2004 U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore in his freshman year…started out as a serious hockey player until age 14…lists his biggest thrill as leading after the first round of stroke play at the 1999 Junior Amateur, where he shot 65, which is the lowest competitive score in his career…first career hole in one at the 2005 Canadian Amateur…also scored a double eagle in Canada vs. Mexico qualifying for the World Junior…lists himself as the biggest Toronto Maple Leafs fan in the world…also loves the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors…birthdate: 11/17/72

Mark Leon, 23, Brampton, Ont.
Playing in his first Amateur…finished 6th at the 2004 NCAA Championships, helping Penn State to its best finish ever (15th)…honorable mention All-American in 2004…first-team All-Big 10 in 2005…all-Mid-Atlantic Region choice in 2003, 2004, 2005…won the 2003 MacDonald Cup…his college roommate Greg Pieczynski is his caddie…will graduate from Penn State in December…best career score is 62 in Penn State team qualifying, which is a Blue Course record…birthdate: 2/23/82

Ryan Yip, 20, Calgary, Alta.
First Amateur appearance…member of Canadian National Team…won the 2005 Mid American Conference Championship…first-team all-MAC in 2003, 2004, 2005…Co-Player of the Year in the MAC in 2005…MAC Freshman of the Year…two other collegiate victories - 2004 Central Regional Preview and 2004 Kepler Invitational at Ohio State…carries his own bag…will be a senior at Kent State in the fall…lost in the second round of the recent Canadian Amateur to eventual champion, Richard Scott, 2 and 1…born in Calgary…birthdate: 12/07/84

About the Royal Canadian Golf Association
The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) 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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