Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

August 18, 2005 18:35 ET

SCOTT AND SNYDER TO MEET IN FINAL MATCH OF CANADIAN MEN'S AMATEUR

2003 champion and Shaughnessy member earn exemptions into 2005 Bell Canadian Open Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor BADDECK--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) - A field of 162 of the top Canadian and international amateur golfers at Bell Bay Golf club are now down to just two as Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont. and Jay Snyder of Vancouver get set to square off in the 36-hole final match of the 101st playing of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Scott's road to the final saw him knock off a pair of Alberta golfers in the morning quarterfinal round and afternoon semi-finals. The 2003 Canadian Amateur champion cruised past Edmonton's Ryan Lecuyer 5&4 in his morning match before outlasting Mitchell Fox of Okotoks, Alta. 3&2 in the afternoon.

Fox, the 2005 Canadian Junior Champion, entered the match riding a hot streak that saw him oust Nathan Ward of Summerland, B.C. 5&4 only one day after knocking out top-seeded Andrew Parr of London, Ont. Scott, a match play veteran at the ripe young age of 21, would prove too much for the 17-year as he struggled to find his swing on the back nine before bowing out on the 16th hole.

Snyder's semi-final win also put an end to another youngster's run as he proved too much for 16-year old Matt Hill of Brights Grove, Ont., toppling the 2005 Canadian Juvenile champion 2&1. Snyder was dormie on the par-3, 17th when a flubbed chip onto the green seemed to open to the door for Hill. The 21-year old would bounce back, draining a heartbreaking 25-foot putt for par to advance to Friday's final.

For Fox and Hill, though disappointed with the final outcomes, both were proud of runs that showcased extremely bright futures for Canada's reigning Junior and Juvenile champions.

"I'm not too happy with the finish, but I had a great run this week and it gives me a lot of confidence for the future," concluded Fox.

By advancing to the final, both Scott and Snyder have earned exemptions into the 2005 Bell Canadian Open, September 5-11 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

The story book final match pits two competitors with very strong ties to the historic Shaughnessy club. Scott returns to the site of his 2003 Canadian Amateur victory while Snyder - a member at Shaughnessy - has played his way into Canada's national open championship, ironically set to play out at his own home club. Before they meet again in Vancouver, the two will battle for Canada's most prestigious amateur golfing title.

"I made a bunch of pars today and just tried to focus on playing the golf course," said Scott, who will be looking to become only the 12 multiple winner of the Canadian Men's Amateur title. "Tomorrow is another day and anything can happen in 36 holes. It's nice to know we're both into the Canadian Open. It'll be my third one and even better, it'll be at a golf course that's been pretty special to me."

"I came in dormie at 17 and when I miss-hit my chip, I knew I didn't want to give up the hole and let him back into the match on 18," said Snyder on his match-sealing 25-footer. "I knew the break and just tried to stay in the moment. To get into the final against a great player like Richard and even better, get into the Canadian Open at Shaughnessy, tomorrow is just icing on the cake right now."

Quarter-final Recap:
In his morning quarterfinal match with Lecuyer, Scott jumped out to a scorching start, winning the first five holes to get a firm hold on the match. Lecuyer would mount a valiant comeback attempt on the back nine but it was too little to late as Scott put away his opening on the 14th hole.

In the highlight match of the morning, Snyder battled back and forth with 2005 Canadian Club Champion Victor Ciesielski of Cambridge, Ont. With the match all square on 15, Snyder used a birdie and a par on 16 and 17 to close out his opponent and advance to the afternoon semi-final.

Fox advanced to the semi-finals by toppling Nathan Ward of Summerland, B.C. 5&4. The match went back and forth through the first seven holes before Fox caught fire on the eighth hole. By the time the pair got to the 12th hole, Fox had won holes 8, 9, 10 and 12 to take control of the match before putting Ward away on the 14th.

In the final wave of the morning quarterfinal, Hill found himself three holes down on the front nine to Calgary's Jordan Irwin before reeling off hole wins on 11, 13, 14 15 and 17 to close out the match.

The 36-hole final match at Bell Bay Golf Club gets under way at 8:00 am on Friday morning.

Complete stroke and match play results for the 2005 Canadian Amateur Championship are available at www.rcga.org.

The following are semi-final match results for Thursday, August 18, 2005.

(52) Richard Scott Kingsville, ON Def. 3&2 Mitchell Fox Okotoks, AB (17)
(23) Jay Snyder Vancouver, BC Def. 2&1 Matt Hill Brights Grove, ON (38)

The following are quarterfinal match results for Thursday, August 18.

(17) Mitchell Fox Okotoks, AB Def. 5&4 Nathan Ward Summerland, BC (25)
(52) Richard Scott Kingsville, ON Def. 5&4 Ryan Lecuyer Edmonton, AB (21)
(23) Jay Snyder Vancouver, BC Def. 2&1 Victor Ciesielski Cambridge, ON (18)
(38) Matt Hill Brights Grove, ON Def. 3&1 Jordan Irwin Calgary, AB (62)

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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