Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

July 08, 2005 19:42 ET


Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor HECLA ISLAND, MANITOBA--(CCNMatthews - July 8, 2005) - For the first time since 2003, four Canadians have advanced to the quarterfinals at the Canadian Senior Match Play Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

Leading the charge was Stuart Nicholson of Calgary, AB, who stunned second-seeded Rick Weihe of Bellingham, WA in the morning 3&1, before knocking off last year's finalist Russ Berkoben of Perrysburgh, OH on the 20th hole.

"The top seeds seem to lose every year in this event, so I figured maybe it's my turn this year," said Nicholson a retired physician, who has played the Canadian Senior Match Play Championship every year since 1999, but had never gotten past the first round of match play.

A stellar short game propelled Nicholson to victory in the first round, but deserted him in the afternoon against Berkoben, who was 3UP after only four holes. Nicholson clawed his way back and had evened the match after 11 holes. On No. 17, Nicholson put his tee shot into the water and conceded the hole to Berkoben and headed the 18th down one. A bogey by Berkoben and a par for Nicholson sent the match to extra holes, where after halving the first hole, Nicholson sank a short par putt to win the match after Berkoben had three-putted for bogey.

Joining Nicholson in the quarterfinals is Pierre Archambault of Candiac, QC, Howard Broun of Calgary, AB and Real Gamache of Quesnel, BC. Archambault's victory over Steve Earsley of Stuart, FL 4&2 in the second round was made even more impressive by the fact that Earsley is currently the top-ranked U.S. senior amateur golfer according to Golfweek.

Broun dispatched another highly-rated American in the second round, beating David Carroll of Napa, CA, a semifinalist at the 2004 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship. Broun, a native of New Zealand, who arrived in Calgary more than 25 years ago as a professional squash player, was 3UP after seven holes and never less than two holes up the rest of the way.

After defeating fellow British Columbian Peter Howe 4&3 in the opening morning round, Gamache gained a birth in the third round with a 2&1 victory over David Rovick of Edina, MN. Rounding out the quarterfinalists are Fred Silver of Lewiston, NY, Gary Shimmin of Okatie, SC, Gus Kozina of Beach Park, IL and the No. 3 seed Jack Ramsey of Germantown, TN, who is the highest-seeded player remaining in the championship. Medalist Steven Hakes of San Diego, CA was knocked out in the first round by Robert Vidricksen of Salina, KS 1UP.

Quarterfinal morning matches get underway at 7:30 am on Saturday at Hecla Golf Course with semifinal matches to follow in the afternoon beginning at 12:45 pm.

The following are quarterfinal morning matches for Saturday, July 9, 2005.

#16 Fred Silver (Lewiston, NY) VS #8 Pierre Archambault (Candiac, QC)

#13 Howard Broun (Calgary, AB VS #12 Gary Shimmin (Okatie, SC)

#31 Stuart Nicholson (Calgary, AB) VS #23 Gus Kozina (Beach Park, IL)

#3 Jack Ramsey (Germantown, TN) VS #11 Real Gamache (Quesmel, BC)

The following are second-round afternoon match results for Friday, July 8, 2005.

#16 Fred Silver (Lewiston, NY) 3&2 #32 Robert Vidricksen (Salina, KS)

#8 Pierre Archambault (Candiac, QC) 4&2 #9 Steve Earsley (Stuart, FL)

#13 Howard Broun (Calgary, AB 3&2 #4 David Carroll (Napa, CA)

#12 Gary Shimmin (Okatie, SC) 4&2 #28 Joseph Pavoni (Prospect, KY)

#31 Stuart Nicholson (Calgary, AB) 20th Hole #15 Russ Berkoben (Perrysburg, OH)

#23 Gus Kozina (Beach Park, IL) 2&1 #26 Brian Jeffery (Collingwood, ON)

#3 Jack Ramsey (Germantown, TN) 4&3 #14 Albert Dowdell (Calgary, AB)

#11 Real Gamache (Quesmel, BC) 2&1 #11 Real Gamache (Quesmel, BC)

The following are opening-round morning match results for Friday, July 8, 2005.

#32 Robert Vidricksen (Salina, KS) 1UP #1 Steven Hakes (San Diego, CA)

#16 Fred Silver (Lewiston, NY) 3&2 #17 Dwight Sandquist (Calgary, AB)

#8 Pierre Archambault (Candiac, QC) 1UP #25 Dan Colquhoun (Kitchener, ON)

#9 Steve Earsley (Stuart, FL) 3&2 #24 Douglas Piper (Saskatoon, SK)

#4 David Carroll (Napa, CA) 4&3 #29 Phil Kerbrat (Calgary, AB)

#13 Howard Broun (Calgary, AB) 5&4 #20 Dennis Murphy (Amherstburg, ON)

#28 Joseph Pavoni (Prospect, KY) 19th Hole #5 Chris Maletis (Portland, OR)

#12 Gary Shimmin (Okatie, SC) 19th Hole #21 Merv Dusyk (Red Deer, AB)

#31 Stuart Nicholson (Calgary, AB) 3&1 #2 Rick Weihe (Bellingham, WA)

#15 Russ Berkoben (Perrysburg, OH) 2&1 #18 Ron Cleland (Naples, FL)

#26 Brian Jeffery (Collingwood, ON) 3&1 #7 John French (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

#23 Gus Kozina (Beach Park, IL) 2&1 #10 Ron Green (Mississauga, ON)

#3 Jack Ramsey (Germantown, TN) 21st Hole #30 Fred Lukasik (Rock Island, IL)

#14 Albert Dowdell (Calgary, AB) 4&3 #19 Jim Scissons (Saskatoon, SK)

#6 David Rovick (Edina, MN) 2&1 #27 Ford Cartwright (Lufkin, TX)

#11 Real Gamache (Quesmel, BC) 4&3 #22 Peter Howe (Crawford Bay, BC)

Conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA), this prestigious national championship features 86 of North America's top senior male amateur golfers competing in both stroke and match play for the title of Canadian Senior Match Play Champion. Now in its ninth year, the event has quickly become one of the most coveted tournaments among senior golfers in North America.

The winner of the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship will be granted exemptions into the 2005 Canadian Senior Championship held September 19-22 at Le Club de golf Milby, Lennoxville, Que., and/or the 2005 USGA Senior Men's Championship, September 17 - 22 in Rocky Face, Ga.

The competition is open to male amateur golfers who have reached the age of 55 by July 6th, 2005 and who are members of a golf club belonging to the RCGA or clubs in other countries, which are in good standing with their respective associations. A golfer must also have a handicap factor of 8.0 or less on the date of filing the application.

Championship play will be conducted Tuesday, July 5th through Thursday, July 7th, with 18 holes of stroke play each day. The field will then be reduced to 32 players after 54 holes for match play. A competitor's qualifying score will determine his position in the draw. The first two rounds of 18-hole matches will take place Friday, July 8th with the quarterfinal and semi-final matches on Saturday, July 9th and the championship final on Sunday, July 10th.

A full list of participants, starting times and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Senior Match Play Championship can be found on the Internet at

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
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John Tenpenny
RCGA, Communications
Phone: 905-849-9700, ext. 218
On site: 204-279-2072
Cell: 905-741-4251

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