Amateur Team Canada

Canadians climb South American Amateur leaderboard

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Naomi Ko (Golf Canada/ Graig Abel)

BARRANQUILLA, ATLANTICO, Colombia – Team Canada’s Garrett Rank fired one of the only under-par rounds of the day at the South American Amateur Championship on Thursday.

The Elmira, Ont. native closed his final nine with two birdies on a windy day at the Country Club de Barranquilla in Colombia to finish at 1-over 145 after 36 holes. Rank’s 1-under 71 vaulted him up the leaderboard into a tie for third with Colombia’s Mateo Gomez. The duo trails England’s Paul Howard by five strokes heading into the third round.

Chris Hemmerich of Kitchener, Ont. and Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont. both moved inside the top-20 after solid second rounds. Hemmerich currently sits in a tie for 16th after carding an even-par 72, while Gil carded a 4-over 76 to finish the day in a tie for 19th.

On the women’s side, Development Squad member, Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C. overcame tough conditions to card a 2-over 74 and move into a tie for third. Ko currently sits at 10-over 154. Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh and Oona Vartianinen of Finland lead the championship at 6-over par.

Valérie Tanguay struggled during the second round carding a 13-over 85 to finish in tie for 14th. Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee sits in 38th position at 24-over.

Canadian Results – Round 2

Men: Click here for full results

T3. Garrett Rank (Elmira, Ont.) 74-71 (+1)
T16. Chris Hemmerich (Kitchener, Ont.)  78-72 (+6)
T19. Tony Gil (Vaughan, Ont.) 75-76 (+7)
T49. Étienne Papineau (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.) 81-81 (+18)
T49. Matt William (Calgary) 80-82 (+18)
T59. Carter Simon (Sutton, Ont.) 83-84 (+23)

Women: Click here for full results

T3. Naomi Ko (Victoria, B.C.), 80-74, +10
T14. Valérie Tanguay (St-Hyacinthe, Qué.) 74-85, +15
38. Jaclyn Lee (Calgary)  81-87, +24