Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 26, 2005 19:37 ET

JACKSON UPSETS TOP-SEED COLLINGS AT CANADIAN MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHI

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor CHARLOTTETOWN--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 26, 2005) - Michael Jackson of Collingwood, Ont. knocked off top-seed Garth Collings of Matlock, Man. 3&2 in the first round of match play at the 2005 Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

With only eight shots separating the field of 32 stroke play qualifiers Jackson felt that there were not a lot of shots between him and the top seeded Collings. Jackson jumped to an early lead and held a 3-UP advantage through 13 holes. He later sealed the victory on the 16th hole, winning 3&2.

"I played well over the whole week…I think I've got a chance!" said Jackson who received some valuable putting advice after his final round of stroke play. "I made a slight adjustment to my putting which helped to save me a lot of shots."

Second seeded Mark Brewer of Pickering, Ont. bowed out to Bill Cameron of Duck Lake, Sask. on the 19th hole after a long tough match. Cameron felt the key to his win was an effective short game.

"It was kind of difficult when I found out who I was playing today," said Cameron, a member of Team Saskatchewan who finished runner-up to Manitoba in the Inter-provincial team championship. "It was tough! We went back and forth all match…we both played decent but not spectacular. I won't take my win today for granted going into tomorrows round."

Seven-time Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. was defeated 3&2 by Richard York of Fredrickton, N.B., forfeiting the chance to claim an historic eighth victory. Cooke will take another try at a national championship as he is scheduled to compete in the Canadian Men's Senior Championship at the end of September, as a two-time champion.

Past Canadian Amateur Champion David Schultz of Calgary led the entire match to beat out Mike Mannion of Gibsons, B.C. 3&2. Schultz will try to repeat his victory in 1999.

Local Favourite and host club President Dave Shellington of Charlottetown, P.E.I. birdied the first two holes to take an early lead but ended up losing out to opening round co-leader Peter Malo of Beaconsfield, Que. Malo turned the tables after the eighth hole and held a lead through the next seven, winning 4-UP with three holes remaining.

Alberta holds the highest number of seeds going into the second round of match play action with five players still competing for the Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship Presidents Cup.

The third round of match play will begin at 7:30 am (Atlantic time) Saturday morning with players hoping to advance to afternoon quarter-final action beginning at 12:45 pm.

A complete list of players, results and second round matches for the 2005 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship can be found at www.rcga.org.

The following are first-round match results for Friday, August 26, 2005:

(1) Micheal Jackson Collingwood, Ont. Def. 3&2 Garth Collings Matlock, Man. (32)
(17) Peter Malo Beaconsfield, Que. Def. 4&3 Dave Shellington Charlottetown, P.E.I. (16)
(8) Ernie Sheaves Fort McMurray, Alta. Def. 6&4 Rob Cowan Waterloo, Ont. (25)
(9) David Schultz Calgary, Alta. Def. 3&2 Mike Mannion Gibsons, B.C. (24)
(29) Karl Parrington Saskatoon, Sask. Def. 5&4 Bruce North St. Norbert, Man. (4)
(20) Colin Coben Delisle, Sask. Def. 1-UP Ron Pearson Kitchener, Ont. (13)
(28) Alan Stewart Grande Prairie, Alta. Def.3&2 Christopher Henri Beaconsfield, Que. (5)
(21) Richard York Fredericton, N.B. Def. 3&2 Graham Cooke Hudson, Que. (12)
(31) Bill Cameron Duck Lake, Sask. 19 Hole Mark Brewer Pickering, Ont. (2)
(18) Jim Briggs Fenwick, Ont. Def. 2&1 Bill Swartz Georgetown Ont. (15)
(26) Bob Brown Fredericton, N.B. Def. 1-UP Robert Gibson Toronto, Ont. (7)
(10) Rob Collins Yarmouth, N.S. Def. 2-UP Micheal McGuire Halifax, N.S. (23)
(3) Senan Foley Calgary, Alta. Def. 6&5 Roddy Willis Charlottetown, P.E.I. (30)
(14) Tim Yorke Kensington, P.E.I. Def. 2-UP Dan Coulombe Fredericton, N.B. (19)
(6) Tom Skinner Red Dear, Alta. Def. 2&1 Gary Melanson Woodstock, N.B. (27)
(11) Gerry MacMillan Kingston, N.S. Def. 1-UP Mel Murray Fredricton, N.B. (22)

The following are second-round matches for Saturday, August 26, 2005:

(17) Peter Malo (Beaconsfield, QC) vs Michael Jackson (Collingwood, ON) (32)
(8) Ernie Sheaves (Fort McMurray, AB) vs David Schultz (Calgary, AB) (9)
(20) Colin Coben (Delisle, SK) vs Karl Parrington (Saskatoon, SK) (29)
(21) Richard York (Fredericton, NB) vs Alan Stewart (Grande Prairie, AB) (28)
(18) Jim Briggs (Fenwick, ON) vs Bill Cameron (Duck Lake, SK) (31)
(10) Rob Collins (Yarmouth, NS) vs Bob Brown (Fredericton, NB) (26)
(3) Senan Foley (Calgary, AB) vs Tim Yorke (Kensington, PEI) (14)
(6) Tom Skinner (Red Deer, AB) vs Gerry MacMillan (Kingston, NS) (11)

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.

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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