Royal Canadian Golf Association

Royal Canadian Golf Association

June 23, 2005 22:30 ET

TERRY O'BRIEN TAKES LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND OF CLUB CHAMPIONS EVENT

Attention: Sports Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor SAULT STE. MARIE--(CCNMatthews - June 23, 2005) - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - Terry O'Brien of Barrie, Ont. shot a third-round one-under par 71 at Crimson Ridge Golf Club to take a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the 2005 Canadian Club Champions Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

O'Brien, representing the Tangle Creek Golf Club started the day in the third-last grouping but had his tee time pushed back as early morning lightning delayed the start of play for nearly three hours. Once play resumed, O'Brien fired four birdies including three straight on the front en-route to a share of the low round of the day.

"I hit a lot a good shots out there today and really got it rolling on the front," said the 24-year old, representing his home club at the Club Champions event for the third time. "My swing has been coming around the last couple days and I just want to come out tomorrow, not put any pressure on myself and hopefully keep playing well."

Kevin Bryce of Mississauga, Ont., the three time club champion from the Lake Joseph Golf Club, fired a third-round 75 to find himself at eight-over, two shots back of O'Brien. O'Brien and Bryce will be joined in tomorrow's final grouping with Gundmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C. who tied O'Brien's 71 for the low round of the day. Lindbjerg sits tied for third with Harry Ferguson of the Windemere Golf and Country Club in Invermere, B.C. and James Chan of the Beverly Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ont. at nine-over.

Norman Bradley of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club held the clubhouse lead through the first two rounds but struggled with an 81 on the day to fall back into a tie for eighth at 11-over.

John Robinson of Sunningdale Golf Club in Thorndale, Ont. had the shot of the day at Crimson Ridge with an ace on the par-three 17th en route to a round of 80. Robinson used an 8-iron from 153 yards in recording the second ace in as many days on Crimson's cavernous 17th hole.

Following Thursday's round, the field was cut to the low 70 scores and ties with 71 golfers advancing to Friday's final round at Crimson Ridge.

Sault Ste. Marie native Frank Kucher of the Sault Ste. Marie Golf Club continues to be the top local shooting a third-round 77 to sit tied for 35th. Greg McLellan of the host Crimson Ridge Golf shot a third-round 89 and failed to advance to Friday's final round.

Crimson Ridge continues to prove a stiff test for Canada's club champions as only three competitors shot even-par or better at the scenic Northern Ontario layout.

The following are third-round scores for Thursday, June 23, 2005.

1-Terry O'Brien-Barrie, ON-76-75-71--222
2-Kevin Bryce-Mississauga, ON-71-78-75--224
T3-Gudmund Lindbjerg-Port Moody, BC-78-76-71--225
-Harry Ferguson-Invermere, BC-78-75-72--225
-James Chan-Ancaster, ON-77-72-76--225
T6-David Markle-Shelburne, ON-74-76-76--226
-Victor Ciesielski-Cambridge, ON-83-68-75--226
T8-Trevor Meding-Innisfail, AB-72-77-78--227
-Norman Bradley-Kelowna, BC-70-76-81--227
T10-Paul Poulin-Newcastle, ON-78-77-74--229
-Phil Patterson-Prescott, ON-79-75-75--229
T12-David Kraemer-Delta, BC-79-77-74--230
-James McCallum-Kingsville, ON-73-78-79--230
T14-Rory Bondue-Comox, BC-79-77-75--231
-Jeff Hunter-Calgary, AB-77-73-81--231
T16-Ben Bandura-Slekirk, MB-81-77-74--232
-Glenn Robinson-Lower Sackville, NS-78-79-75--232
-Jeff Ferguson-Brockville, ON-77-71-84--232
T19-John Barnes-Woodbridge, ON-79-81-73--233
-Scott Markham-Winnipeg, MB-80-78-75--233
-Brad Revell-Kingston, ON-76-76-81--233
T22-Mike Tibbs-Winnipeg, MB-75-84-75--234
-Jim Finney-Calgary, AB-80-77-77--234
-Christopher Callihoo-Dorval, QC-77-79-78--234
-Darren MacPherson-Halifax, NS-76-78-80--234
-Winston Ivey-Toronto, ON-77-76-81--234
T27-Jim Charlton-Salt Spring Island, BC-80-81-74--235
-Luc Papineau-St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC-78-82-75--235
-James Boose-Ancaster, ON-80-79-76--235
-Todd Gerrard-Markham, ON-81-77-77--235
-John Robinson-Thorndale, ON-78-77-80--235
T32-Duane Schiestel-Wingham, ON-83-76-77--236
-Kelly Burnett-Winnipeg, MB-80-78-78--236
-Dave Kreway-Edmonton, AB-80-77-79--236
T35-Michael Walker-Winnipeg, MB-79-83-75--237
-Andrew Mitchell-North Vancouver, BC-80-80-77--237
-Frank Kucher-Sault Ste. Marie, ON-81-79-77--237
T38-Josh Dean-Richmond Hill, ON-80-81-77--238
-Mike Fernie-Burlington, ON-80-81-77--238
-John Sheldon -Tecumseh, ON-75-78-85--238
T41-Colin Snair-Kentville, NS-81-82-76--239
-Gérald Dufresne-Boucherville, QC-81-81-77--239
-Brandon Edwards-Peterborough, ON-80-77-82--239
T44-Derek Baldwin-Whitehorse, YU-82-80-78--240
-Jim McNeil-Beamsville, ON-84-78-78--240
-Paul Penman-Vancouver, BC-81-80-79--240
-Richard Boudreau-Ile des Soeurs, QC-81-77-82--240
T48-Norman Kalyniuk-Newmarket, ON-83-80-78--241
-Warren Clunie-Calgary, AB-83-80-78--241
-Danny Baldwin-Kanata, ON-81-78-82--241
-Jamie Peden-Penetanguishene, ON-80-79-82--241
-Robert MacDermott-Edmonton, AB-78-78-85--241
T53-Ryan McNall-Regina, SK-82-80-80--242
-Ryan Rutherford-Calgary, AB-84-75-83--242
T55-Mark Rice-Calgary, AB-87-77-79--243
-Andrew Hare-Waterloo, ON-89-75-79--243
-Ian MacDonald-Kitchener, ON-86-76-81--243
T58-Brian Gaetz-Porters Lake, NS-81-87-76--244
-Chad Post-Woodstock, ON-84-80-80--244
-Adam Martin-Port Colborne, ON-86-77-81--244
-Tyson Lemon-Nanaimo, BC-80-82-82--244
-Jeff Bray-Lennoxville, QC-82-79-83--244
-Robert Patterson-Burlington, ON-82-74-88--244
64-Jason Kerr-Medicine Hat, AB-89-77-79--245
T65-Mike Naus-London, ON-86-80-80--246
-Matt Quinney-St. Albert, AB-82-84-80--246
T67-Richard Ross-Markham, ON-92-80-75--247
-Geoffrey Butt-Vancouver, BC-83-81-83--247
69-Ryan Hennessy-Picton, ON-81-89-78--248
T70-Darren Anderson-Barrhead, AB-89-79-82--250
-James Duncan-Cedar Valley, ON-80-82-88--250
-Lee Drydak-Petrolia, ON-MC----
-Geoffrey Crofton-Vancouver, BC-MC----
-Ross Cormack-Nanaimo, BC-MC----
-Jamie Gordon-Crofton, BC-MC----
-Paul Butcher-Port Alice, BC-MC----
-Brent Bukovy-Thunder Bay, ON-MC----
-Gordon Rouse-Calgary, AB-MC----
-Howie Wark-Burlington, ON-MC----
-Carmen Giblett-Regina, SK-MC----
-John Simons-Calgary, AB-MC----
-Jim Pamplin-Gatineau, QC-MC----
-David Fader-Dartmouth, NS-MC----
-Chris Ingram-Brampton, ON-MC----
-Mike Butson-Minesing, ON-MC----
-Bob Faulkner-St. John's, NF-MC----
-Josh Phillip Blatt-Winnipeg, MB-MC----
-Ken Carlson-Delta, BC-MC----
-Tim Sears-Moncton, NB-MC----
-Rick Grundy-Pickering, ON-MC----
-Scott McCallum-Forest, ON-MC----
-Lorne Nickle-Penticton, BC-MC----
-Pierre Desloges-Port Elgin, ON-MC----
-Ross Eisele-Cambridge, ON-MC----
-Renaud Perron-Sorel-Tracy, QC-MC----
-Greg McLellan-Sault-Ste-Marie , ON-MC----
-Mel Woodman-Corner Brook, NF-MC----
-Rocky Anderson-Parry Sound, ON-MC----
-Andrew Brown-Bancroft, ON-MC----
-Jeff Danylyk-Kitchener, ON-MC----

To qualify for entry into this national championship, a player must have won either his club's stroke or match play championship. The 20th Canadian Club Champions Championship is conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. After 54 holes, the field is cut to the lowest 70 scores and ties. The champion will receive the Club Champions Trophy, a commemorative medallion, an RCGA limited edition watch and an exemption into the 2005 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, August 12-19 at Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, N.S.

A full list of participants, starting times and post-round results for the 2005 Canadian Club Champions Championship can be found on the Internet 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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