Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 17, 2005 19:27 ET

MITCHELL FOX UPSETS TOP-SEED AT CANADIAN MEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

15-year old Matt Hill advances to quarterfinals Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor BADDECK--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 17, 2005) - In a classic battle of David and Goliath, 17-year old Mitchell Fox of Okotoks, Alta. knocked off top-seeded Andrew Parr of London, Ont. 1-UP at the 101st playing of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Fresh off a victory at last week's Canadian Junior Boys Championship, Fox advanced to match play with far less attention than his highly-touted opponent who earlier in the week, fired a scorching 11-under par in qualify stroke play to earn the number-one seed. Unfazed by the hype, Fox jumped out to a torrid lead sinking birdie putts of 20, 5 and 30 feet to go 3-UP after three holes. Parr would battle back to square the match and the two would trade leads until Fox, 1-UP after 17 holes, dropped his six-foot birdie putt on 18 to halve the hole and pull out the improbable victory.

"I knew how well he had been playing and I was just hoping to get to him early," said Fox, who spends the winter training out of the RCGA Golf Centre at Four Seasons in Calgary. "He was driving it past me all day and I just tried to stick to my game plan and hopefully take a lead into the 18th hole. He was playing some great golf and this win gives me a lot of confidence heading into tomorrow."

Amongst all the drama and exciting finishes at Bell Bay Golf Club, the 2005 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship is once again proving that anything can happen in match play golf. Case in point, as the top seeds continue to bow out, Mitchell, who entered match play as the 17th seed is now the lowest remaining seed heading into Thursday's round of eight.

Taking a page out of 2004 champion Darren Wallace's story book run, 15-year old Matt Hill of Brights Grove, Ont. is quickly grabbing the spotlight at Bell Bay as he continues to defy the odds and advance through match play and into the quarterfinals. The latest casualty at the hands of the 2005 Canadian Juvenile Boys champion was Michel Landry of Moncton, N.B., who fell in heartbreaking fashion on the 21st hole.

After knocking out four-time Canadian Amateur champion Doug Roxburgh in his morning match, Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. drained a thrilling 15-foot putt on the 18th hole of his afternoon match with Calgary's Jordan Irwin to force extra holes. Lee's run would end one hole later as Irwin calmly drained a birdie putt on the 19th hole to win the match and advance to the quarterfinals.

A tiger is also lurking at Bell Bay in the form of 2003 Canadian Amateur champion Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., who got past Ben Moser of Waterloo, Ont. 4&3. Scott, who helped lead his University of Georgia Bulldogs team to the 2005 NCAA Division I team title, advanced to match play as the 52nd seed but looks to be establishing himself once again the odds-on favourite. Scott will now meet Edmonton's Ryan Lecuyer who is riding high after ousting New Zealand's Brad Iles, internationally ranked as one of the top amateur golfers in the world.

Quarterfinal matches get under way Thursday morning with the semi-finals set for Thursday afternoon.

Complete third-round results and quarterfinal match play start times are available at www.rcga.org.

The following are third-round match results for Wednesday, August 17, 2005.

(17) Mitchell Fox Okotoks, AB Def. 1-UP Andrew Parr London, ON (1)
(25) Nathan Ward Summerland, BC Def. 1-UP Mark Leon Brampton, ON (24)
(52) Richard Scott Kingsville, ON Def. 4&3 Ben Moser Waterloo, ON (29)
(21) Ryan Lecuyer Edmonton, AB Def. 2&1 Brad Iles Wellington, NZ (5)
(18) Victor Ciesielski Cambridge, ON Def. 2&1 James Love Calgary, AB (2)
(23) Jay Snyder Vancouver, BC Def. 2&1 James Chan Ancaster, ON (26)
(62) Jordan Irwin Calgary, AB 19th Hole Rafael Lee Burnaby, BC (51)
(38) Matt Hill Brights Grove, ON 21st Hole Michael Landry Moncton, NB (54)

The following are quarterfinal matches for Thursday, August 18.

(17) Mitchell Fox Okotoks, AB VS Nathan Ward Summerland, BC (25)
(52) Richard Scott Kingsville, ON VS Ryan Lecuyer Edmonton, AB (21)
(18) Victor Ciesielski Cambridge, ON VS Jay Snyder Vancouver, BC (23)
(62) Jordan Irwin Calgary, AB VS Matt Hill Brights Grove, ON (38)

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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