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PGA TOUR

Mackenzie Hughes birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Sepp Straka in the Sanderson Farms Championship.  It’s his second career PGA Tour win – the first one also coming in a playoff at Sea Island in 2016. Hughes is now 2-0 in his career in playoffs. Hughes is the fourth Canadian player to win this event, joining Nick Taylor (2014), Richard Zokol (1992) and Dan Halldorson (1986). He becomes just the eighth Canadian to win two or more PGA events. The victory moves Hughes atop the FedEx Cup standings. Straka missed birdie chances of 20 feet and 18 feet on the last two holes to win it outright, and narrowly missed his birdie putt on the second playoff hole from 18 feet. Garrick Higgo of South Africa finished third. …Nick Taylor recorded his second straight top 20 result for the first time since October 2017.

POS SCORESTOTAL
1Mackenzie Hughes71-63-68-69-17
T19Nick Taylor68-70-70-70-10
T45Michael Gligic72-68-73-69-6
T45Adam Hadwin73-69-67-73-6
T54Adam Svensson69-70-74-70-5
MCBen Silverman73-74+3

NEXT EVENT: Shriners Children’s Open (Oct. 6)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Michael Gligic, Adam Hadwin, Taylor Pendrith, Adam Svensson, Nick Taylor

LPGA TOUR

Charley Hull ran off four birdies on the back nine for a final round 64 to win The Ascendant LPGA event by one stroke. It was her first win on the LPGA Tour in almost six years. Xiyu Lin of China missed a birdie putt on the final hole which would have forced a playoff. It was her third runner-up finish this year, and second in the last month. Lydia Ko finished third, which moved her to the top of the Race to CME Globe standings. Atthaya Thitikul, the 19-year-old from Thailand who won last week, finished fourth. A victory would have vaulted her into the No. 1 world ranking. …Maddie Szeryk notched her career-best result on the LPGA Tour and second top 30 finish in her last five starts. …It is only the second time this season Brooke Henderson has posted a result outside the top 20

POS SCORESTOTAL
T24Maddie Szeryk67-70-67-76-4
T29Brooke Henderson76-66-69-70-3
MCAlena Sharp71-78 
WDMaude-Aimee Leblanc77 

NEXT EVENT: LPGA MEDIHEAL Championship (Oct. 6)

CANADIANS ENTERED: Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Alena Sharp, Maddie Szeryk

EUROPEAN TOUR

Ryan Fox erased a four shot deficit with three birdies in his first seven holes on his way to a one-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Fox finished with seven birdies and three bogeys for his third European tour title. Callum Shinkwin and Alex Noren finished in a tie for second while Rory McIlroy finished tied for fourth with seven birdies and a single bogey. The event was played over three of Scotland’s storied courses: Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course.

POS SCORESTOTAL
MCAaron Cockerill65-81-71 

NEXT EVENT: acciona Open de Espana  (Oct. 6)

CANADIANS ENTERED: No Canadians entered

EPSON TOUR

Celine Borge carded seven birdies and an eagle in a bogey-free final round 63 to win the inaugural Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic by one stroke. The win vaulted Borge from 16th up to fifth in the Ascensus Race for the Card standings with the season ending championship remaining. Hyo Joon Jang also had seven birdies to finish second while Swede Linnea Strom birdied five of her first nine holes to finish third. …Selena Costabile notched her seventh top 20 result, her third in the last five starts.

POS SCORESTOTAL
T17Selena Costabile68-72-70-6
T59Megan Osland74-70-75+3

NEXT EVENT: EPSON Tour Championship (Oct. 6)

CANADIANS ENTERED:  Selena Costabile, Megan Osland (reserve), Brogan McKinnon (reserve), Josee Doyon (reserve), Nayan Calsin Murdoch (reserve), Christina Foster (reserve)

19th Hole Amateur

Atlantic golf community looks to rebound after impact from tropical storm Fiona

Photo by Stephan Newman for Stingray Media)

Golf is all about community – friends, family, your local club or course. Everything is connected. It’s part of what makes this game so great.

Canada’s golf community was struck a blow in late September as tropical storm Fiona impacted in the Atlantic provinces with wind speeds up to 177 km/h and sustained winds of over 100 km/h blowing for up to 10 hours in parts of the Maritimes.

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, said the army would be deployed to help with clean-up efforts.

“This is hands down the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” journalist Rene Roy told the CBC.

“It looks like a bomb went off,” Newfoundland resident David Harvey told the National Post while working with displaced residents at a local Salvation Army.

Nine people are estimated to have died due to the storm, with nearly 13,000 people displaced, and at least 20 buildings destroyed.

One of those buildings was the clubhouse of the Stanhope Golf and Country Club in Charlottetown, P.E.I. It burned down Sept. 24, and the golf course will likely be closed for the balance of the season as there was significant damage there, too.

“This is a real loss for the community. It’s a community club,” said Merlin Affleck, the club’s head professional. “It’s just devastating.”

Plenty of other courses in Eastern Canada escaped from the wrath of the storm relatively unscathed including Cabot Cape Breton, and Digby Pines in western Nova Scotia took to social media to say they were “open as usual.”

Golf Prince Edward Island posted on Twitter on Sunday morning encouraging patience as turf crews assess and clean up any damages. The island is home to more than 25 courses and has long been a popular destination for tourists and Canadians alike to get feet on the fairway.

“Islanders are resilient, and we will get through this together,” the statement said.

After two summers of COVID-19 restrictions, golf in Atlantic Canada was opening its doors at an impressive clip before Fiona made landfall. If there was a silver lining to the time of the storm, the 2022 golf season is much closer to its conclusion than its beginning, and there will hopefully be enough time to get things settled and sorted before shutting things down for the winter.

Ryan Logan, Director of Golf Services at Golf Canada, says it’s no surprise to see the golf community in Eastern Canada band together.

While golf courses in Canada are just starting to exit from the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic – a situation that bonded golf courses unlike ever before – the clubs in eastern Canada will now need to come together again to get things back to relative normalcy before the end of the 2022 season.  

“We’ve seen great strength and heard great stories of community support already,” says Logan. “This was a catastrophic environmental event and Golf Canada knows the staff at impacted clubs will bind together and hopefully be able to come out stronger on the other side.”

Amateur NextGen Championships

NextGen Fall Series East Championship heads to Hampton Golf Club

HAMPTON, N.B. – The NextGen Fall Series East Championship, fueled by JOURNIE Rewards, tees off this week with 65 amateur golfers taking the stage in Hampton, N.B. 

Practice rounds are scheduled for Thursday, September 15, before the official 54-hole tournament gets underway on September 16. Play is scheduled to conclude September 18th with an awards ceremony scheduled immediately following play at Hampton Golf Club.

The starting field will feature 65 players –50 Junior Boys and 16 Junior Girls – vying for a spot in their respective Canadian Junior Championship later this summer. Thirteen players in the field hail from host province, New Brunswick, and 12 boys and eight girls are competing from the Bantam Division (Under 15 years of age).

The top 3 male competitors will earn a spot in the 2023 Canadian Jr Boys Championship, presented by BDO. The top 3 and female golfers (including ties) will also earn exemptions into next year’s Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO, August 1-4, 2023, also at Hampton Golf Club. 

“Hampton Golf Club is in excellent shape and will serve as a challenging test to this talented field of junior competitors,” said tournament director Melany Chong. “We look forward to what is sure to be an exciting competition and are grateful for the support from the community and our hard-working volunteers”.

The NextGen Fall Series East Championship is one of Golf Canada’s regional junior championships presented in partnership with JOURNIE Rewards. Ella Weber and Cameron Pero took home the honours in their respective divisions in 2021.

For the full schedule of 2022 competitions, click here.

Hampton Golf Club is a 18-hole located in the Town of Hampton, a 25-minute drive from Saint John, N.B. Hampton offers scenic views and sits high up on a hill overlooking Darlings Lake and the rolling hills of Kings County.

Additional information about the 2022 NextGen Fall Series East Championship can be found here.

NOTABLES

Andreas Diogenous: Whistle Bear GC

Isaiah Ibit: Greyhawk GC

Jacob LeBlanc: Fox Creek Golf Club

Lindsay McGrath : Rattlesnake Point Golf Club

Emily McKee: Rattlesnake Pointe Golf Club

Carlee Meilleur: Loyalist Golf and Country Club

Kelly Zhao: Station Creek Golf Club

The NextGen Championships, fueled by JOURNIE Rewards is a high-performance junior golf series which totals eight competitions. From May to July, six championships will take place across Canada where the region’s best junior golfers will compete to earn exemptions into their respective 2022 national championships, with two Fall Series events taking place in September. NextGen Championships provide junior players an opportunity to develop and showcase their skills at the highest level of tournament golf. 

Amateur Canadian Men's Senior Championship

Rusty Strawn captures 2022 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship title

[Red Deer, AB] - 2022-09-09 - Final round of Canadian Men's Senior Championship at Red Deer Golf & Country Club. (Photo: Rob Wallator / Golf Canada)

RED DEER, Alta.  – As the saying goes, there’s power in momentum. It’s a saying that Rusty Strawn knows all too well after securing back-to-back victories this September at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in Marion, Mass., and the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO in Red Deer, Alta. Nine days separated the two wins. Needless to say, the McDonough, Ga. resident is going to need a bigger trophy case.

Heading into the final round at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, the 59-year-old shared the lead with fellow American, Mike Lohner of Southlake, Tex. The pair went back and forth throughout the day, both beginning their round at 5-under-par. It wasn’t until the back nine when Strawn hit a groove, birdieing three of his last eight holes to pull away from the pack to secure the 60th Canadian Men’s Senior Championship title.

“I was very fortunate last week to win the United States Senior Amateur,” said Strawn. “And of course, by doing it I got the exemption to the United States Mid-Amateur, and I told the people at the USGA, I said, there is no way I’m going to miss the Canadian Men’s Senior. I absolutely love it here.”

To celebrate, Strawn popped a bottle of champagne and toasted the volunteers, Red Deer Golf and Country Club staff, and fellow competitors “To my new Canadian friends!”. He also commented, “having my picture taken with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the coolest picture I’ve ever taken.”

Strawn was also highly complimentary of the host club.

“It’s just been a wonderful week here in Red Deer,” said Strawn. “When I arrived here for my practice round on Sunday – probably the strength of my game is my putting – and when I rolled those first few putts on the practice green, I was like, I have nobody but myself to blame because they were absolutely awesome.”

Low Canadian Ken Griffith, who is a member at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, placed third on the leaderboard, carding a total score of 288, his best finish ever at the national championship.  Fellow members, Grant Lee and Peter Innes also competed in the tournament and finished T7 and T15, respectively.

Frank Van Dornick ran away with the Super Senior division securing the title and the Governor’s Cup by 10 strokes.

Earlier in the week, host club Team Alberta won the 36-hole inter-provincial team competition in an impressive 11-stroke victory over runner-up Team British Columbia. Ken Griffith (Red Deer Golf & Country Club), Senan Foley (Public Player – Alberta), and Kelly Risling (Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club) shot a collective one-under to give Team Alberta the back-to-back victory as they defended their 2019 title and claimed the Phil Farley Memorial Trophy.

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For more information on Golf Canada’s Amateur Championships, click here.

Amateur Canadian Men's Senior Championship

Mike Lohner and Rusty Strawn share lead heading into the final round of the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship

Clear skies over Red Deer Golf and Country Club set the stage for a picturesque day in Red Deer, Alta. as the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO, wrapped up its third day of play in the Energy Province.

For the third consecutive day, Mike Lohner continues to hold prime real estate at the top of the leaderboard, firing even par 72 to share the lead with fellow countryman Rusty Strawn. A resident of Southlake, Tex., Lohner finished second in the Carlton Woods Invitational earlier this year and is in the hunt for his first victory north of the border.

Strawn finished the first round tied for the top spot with Lohner, but dipped down to second place after navigating three bogeys during yesterday’s second round. After a steady performance today where the McDonough, Ga. resident made birdie on five holes, Strawn holds a share of the lead once again and will look to keep the momentum going after securing a victory at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship last week.

Occupying the third spot, local golfer and Red Deer Golf and Country Club member Ken Griffith came in at one-under par today. Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. (4), and Dave Bunker of Ridgeway, Ont. (5) round out the top five with an even score.

In addition to sitting fourth for the overall tournament, Van Dornick also leads the 65-and-over Super Senior division that runs concurrently throughout the week. The Super Senior champion will be crowned tomorrow and awarded the Governor’s Cup.

Tomorrow promises to be an exciting battle of top amateur talent with an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship on the line. Not only will the winner etch their name into the historic John Rankin Memorial Trophy, but also into Canadian golf history as the field of 156 top senior golfers comes down to one champion.

The final round is set to commence at 8:10 a.m. MT tomorrow with the awards ceremony scheduled to take place at approximately 3:00 p.m. MT at Red Deer Golf and Country Club.

2022 CANADIAN MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 3 LEADERS

T1Mike LohnerSouthlake, Tex.69-70-72—211 (-5)
T1Rusty StrawnMcDonough, Ga.69-71-71—211 (-5)
3Ken GriffithRed Deer, Alta.71-69-75—215 (-1)
4Frank Van DornickCamrose, Alta.73-70-73—216 (E)
5Dave BunkerRidgeway, Ont.  74-70-73—219 (+3)

2022 CANADIAN MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR DIVISION ROUND 3 LEADERS

1Frank Van DornickCamrose, Alta.73-70-73—216 (E)
T2Michael MealiaAurora, Ont.76-75-75—226 (+10)
T2David SchultzCalgary, Alta.73-79-74—226 (+10)
4Jim RussellCalgary, Alta.  77-75-75—227 (+11)

Additional information, including a full list of competitors and scores can be found here.

Amateur Canadian Men's Senior Championship

Team Alberta defends Inter-Provincial competition title; American Mike Lohner leads individual competition after 36 holes

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Prevailing winds continued to challenge competitors at Red Deer Golf and Country Club as the 60th edition of the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO, wrapped up the second day of play in Red Deer, Alta.   

Host squad Team Alberta ran away with the lead to win the 36-hole inter-provincial team competition in an impressive 11-stroke victory over runner-up Team British Columbia. Ken Griffith (Red Deer Golf & Country Club), Senan Foley (Public Player – Alberta), and Kelly Risling (Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club) shot a collective one under to give Team Alberta the back-to-back victory as they defended their 2019 title and claimed the Phil Farley Memorial Trophy (the Inter-Provincial competition wasn’t contested the past two years due to complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic). Rounding out the top 3 was Team Ontario carding a consolidated score of +12.

In the individual competition, American Mike Lohner extended his stay at the top of the leaderboard, earning sole possession of first place after Rusty Strawn (McDonough, Ga.) fell one shot back after a seesaw round of four birdies and three bogeys at Red Deer Golf and Country Club. Lohner, a resident of Southlake, Tex. carded five birdies to remain steady and set himself up well after the halfway point of the tournament.

Strawn and Red Deer Golf and Country Club member Ken Griffith share second place, coming in at 4-under after Wednesday’s round.

In the 65-and-over Super Senior Championship division, which runs concurrently throughout the tournament, Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. shot a 70 today to extend his lead after 36 holes of play. Aurora, Ont. native Michael Mealia moved up four spots to claim solo second, with a two-way tie for third including local golfers Jim Russell (Calgary, Alta.), and David Schultz (Calgary, Alta.).

Following the conclusion of round two today, the field was reduced to the low 70 players and ties with 72 competitors advancing to bid for the 60th Canadian Men’s Senior Championship title and a coveted spot on the John Rankin Memorial Trophy. The individual champion will also receive an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

2022 CANADIAN MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 LEADERS

1Mike LohnerSouthlake, Tex.69-70—139 (-5)
T2Rusty StrawnMcDonough, Ga.69-71—140 (-4)
T2Ken GriffithRed Deer, Alta.71-69—140 (-4)
4Frank Van DornickCamrose, Alta.73-70—143 (-1)
5Robert FunkCanyon Lake, Calif.74-70—144 (E)

2022 CANADIAN MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR DIVISION ROUND 2 LEADERS

1Frank Van DornickCamrose, Alta.73-70—143 (-1)
2Michael MealiaAurora, Ont.76-75—175 (+7)
T3David ShultzCalgary, Alta.73-79—152 (+8)
T3Jim RussellCalgary, Alta.  77-75—152 (+8)

Round three is set to commence tomorrow at 8:10am MT.

Additional information, including a full list of competitors and scores can be found here.

Amateur

Golf Fore the Cure raises $327k+ for breast cancer research in 2022

Through the efforts of over 10,000 women, Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru raised over $327k for breast cancer research in 2022 at 112 events held across the country.

With another 10 Golf Fore the Cure events to come in the remainder of the golf season, we are looking forward to seeing this number build even higher.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, upwards of 130,000 women have raised over $7 million to date with all proceeds donated to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation.

Over 100 women celebrated this year’s success at the 16th annual Golf Fore the Cure National Event at Lionhead Golf and Conference Center in Brampton, Ont.

The National Event included 18 holes of golf featuring raffles, prizing, and games, followed by an awards dinner to thank the 13,000 Golf Fore the Cure participants across Canada this year.

TOP 20 FUNDRAISING SITES IN 2022

Le Club Laval-sur-le-lac$45,000.00
New Brunswick Provincial$40,627.39 
Vancouver Golf Club$20,431.18 
Sussex Golf & Curling Club$19,000.00 
Candle Lake Golf Resort$17,511.00 
Oakville Golf Club$16,623.00 
Glencairn Golf$15,989.05 
Club de Golf de L’Epiphanie$15,000
Westwood Plateau Golf$9,567.50 
Seven Spruce Golf Course$9,457.00 
Westfield Golf and Country Club$6,331.30 
Jasper Park Lodge$6,090.00 
Twin Willows Golf Club$5,785.50 
Antigonish Golf Club$5,000.00 
Mission Golf & Country Club$4,000.00 
Oakridge Golf Course Port Perry ON$3,913.00 
Edmonton Riverside Golf Club$3,833.50 
Golf Mentor Ladies League$3,548.00 
Cedar Glen (Williamsburg)$3,548.00 
Highland Pacific Golf$3,506.92 
Hardisty Lakeview Golf Course$3,435.00 

We would also like to thank our Provincial Golf Associations for their continued support in encouraging clubs to participate in Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru. Below is a breakdown of all the funds raised by province:

Totals Raised Per Province

ON$61,413
BC$43,285
NB$65,121
AB$24,737
QC$76,890
SK$20,891
PEI$1,100
NS$5,000
MB$9,186
NL$832
NT$9,457
Total$327,774

Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru was created in 2003 by Golf Canada to drive women’s participation in the game of golf through the use of fun, non-intimidating activities. Through a unique partnership structure with the Canadian Cancer Society (and Québec Breast Cancer Foundation), the program has women across the country participating in golf activities and raising money and awareness for a cause close to Canadian hearts—the fight against breast cancer.

Canada holds over 37,000 charity events at golf courses across the country which raise approximately $533 million annually for charity.

Subaru Canada has been a proud partner of Golf Fore the Cure since 2007.

To learn how to get involved with Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru, visit golfcanada.ca/golfforethecure.

Amateur Canadian Men's Senior Championship

Rusty Strawn & Mike Lohner lead after opening round of 2022 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship

Red Deer, Alta. – Red Deer Golf & Country Club proved to be a solid test for the top senior competitors from Canada and the United States with only six golfers out of a field of 156 finishing under par after Tuesday’s opening round at the 2022 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO.

Rusty Strawn of McDonough, Ga., carded a 3-under 69 that included two birdies and an eagle to share possession of the lead with fellow American Mike Lohner.

Strawn is fresh off a victory last week at the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass. This week, the Peach State resident will look to add another accolade to his impressive 2022 season collecting titles at the Trans-Mississippi Senior Championship and the Florida Senior Azalea Amateur Championship earlier this year.

Mike Lohner of Southlake, Tex. countered three bogeys with six birdies to fight for his share of the lead this afternoon. Lohner, who calls Vaquero Club home, finished second in the Carlton Woods Invitational earlier this year and is in the hunt for his first victory north of the border.

Hometown competitors Grant Lee and Ken Griffith share a four-way tie for third place along with Dave Terry of Langley, B.C., and Neil MacLeod of Burnaby, B.C.

A 65-and-over Super Senior Championship will run concurrently throughout the tournament, crowning a champion and awarding the Governor’s Cup after 72 holes of play. After round one, David Schultz of Calgary, Alta. and Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. are tied for the lead at one-over.

The inter-provincial team competition, which returns for the first time since 2019, is also being contested over the championship’s first 36 holes.

Defending champions Team Alberta, consisting of Ken Griffith (Red Deer Golf & Country Club), Senan Foley (Public Player – Alberta), and Kelly Risling (Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club) posted a score of +4 to edge a one-stroke lead over Team Quebec.  The team title will come down to the wire Wednesday afternoon with Teams Saskatchewan, Ontario, and British Columbia also in hot pursuit at +7.

Defending champion Darren Ritchie currently sits T9 at just four strokes back.

Following the conclusion of round two tomorrow, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties as competitors vie for the 60th Canadian Men’s Senior Championship title and a coveted spot on the John Rankin Memorial Trophy. The individual champion will also receive an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

2022 CANADIAN MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1 LEADERS

T1Rusty StrawnMcDonough, Ga.69—(-3)
T1Mike LohnerSouthlake, Tex.70—(-2)
T3Grant LeeRed Deer, Alta.71—(-1)
T3Ken GriffithRed Deer, Alta.71—(-1)
T3Dave TerryLangley, B.C.71—(-1)
T3Neil MacLeodBurnaby, B.C.71—(-1)

2022 CANADIAN MEN’S SUPER-SENIOR DIVISION ROUND 1 LEADERS

T1David SchultzCalgary, Alta.  73—(+1)
T1Frank Van DornickCamrose, Alta.73—(+1)
T3Brian CostonCalgary, Alta.74—(+2)
T3Thomas SkinnerRed Deer, Alta.74—(+4)
5Brent WotypkaSwift Current, Sask.75—(+3)

Additional information, including a full list of competitors and scores can be found here.

Amateur Canadian Men's Senior Championship

Red Deer Golf and Country Club set to host Canadian Men’s Senior Championship

RED DEER, Alta. – The 60th installment of the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO, tees off this week with 156 amateur golfers taking the stage in Red Deer, Alta. 

Conducted since 1962, the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship has grown to become one of the most popular amateur golf events in Canada. In 1995, the 65-and-over Super Senior division was introduced, which runs concurrently with the existing 55-and-over age group.

One of nine national championships conducted by Golf Canada for the 2022 season, the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship will consist of 72 holes of stroke-play with a cut after 36 holes. The Super Senior Championship is contested concurrently over the four rounds of the championship, and the Senior Inter-provincial Team Championship, established in 1977, also runs concurrently with the first 36 holes of the tournament.

Practice rounds are scheduled for Monday, September 5th, before the tournament officially kicks off on Tuesday, September 6th.  

The tournament will be conducted at Red Deer Golf & Country Club in Red Deer, Alta. who is celebrating their centennial season this year. Five of the club’s members have qualified to play in the Championship including Ken Griffith, Grant Lee and Peter Innes, Tom Skinner and Joe Gascon.

Over 100 volunteers from both the Red Deer Golf & Country Club and the community will be on hand to host the National and International competitors and their families. 

“Golf Canada is proud to host the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship and bring together a field of top senior competitors to play in this prestigious championship,” said Adam Cinel, Senior Manager, Rules and Amateur Championships. “Red Deer Golf and Country Club is in excellent shape, and we congratulate the staff and volunteers on their significant 100-year milestone.”

Defending champion Darren Ritchie will return once again to defend his title and vie to see his name on the John Rankin Memorial Trophy for the second consecutive year. In 2021, the St. John, N.B. native from Hampton Golf Club held the lead for the majority of the tournament and finished 2-over par 72 to claim his first Canadian Men’s Senior title.

Additional notables in the field include Robert Funk (Canyon Lake, CA.), John Crowther (London, Ont.), Jim Lehman (Minnetonka, MN.), and Rusty Strawn (McDonough, GA.) who recently claimed the 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship title at The Kittansett Club in Marion, Mass. this past week.

The champion will receive an exemption into the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.  

More information about the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship can be found here.

Amateur Canadian Women's Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship

Stouffer’s triple triumph in Manitoba adds to historic summer

HEADINGLEY, Man. – The summer of Shelly Stouffer rolled on at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship, presented by BDO, at Breezy Bend Country Club in Headingley, Man.

After winning the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in early August, the Nanoose, B.C., native added a Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur title and a second consecutive Canadian Women’s Senior Championship to her trophy case. The hardware didn’t end there, though. Stouffer was crowned champion of the Mid-Master division, to boot.

“That’s the first time I won the Mid-Am, so [I’m] pretty excited about that,” said Stouffer. “Last year I won just the Mid-Master and the Senior, so, yeah, it was exciting.”

Stouffer says this win is “right up there” with the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and so is the Ada Mackenzie Trophy.

“This gives Big Bertha a run,” Stouffer laughed as she hoisted one of three trophies she was awarded on Thursday, bringing her week total to five after winning both the Katherine Holleur and Crockett trophies as part of Team British Columbia in the Interprovincial Team competitions.

Opposite to the 52-year-old’s triumph in Anchorage, AK., the odds were against Stouffer coming down the stretch in Thursday’s final round. Terrill Samuel and Christina Spence Proteau lead by one over the former professional golfer with just five holes to play, but in came the wind that blew Stouffer into the lead.

With a one-stroke advantage on No. 18, Stouffer guided an iron onto the green and two-putted for par to secure the one stroke victory over Samuel.

“I’m just kind of going with the flow here,” admitted Stouffer. “I was hitting the ball well down in, well, everywhere, but the last place I was at was Dayton at the U.S. Open, so I just kind of kept that going and my ball striking was actually really, really good this week. I can’t even express how awesome it is.”

Stouffer becomes only the second Canadian in history to win both the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and the Canadian Women’s Senior Championship in the same year, joining World Golf Hall of Famer, Marlene Streit, who accomplished the feat in 1995.

“It’s amazing; it’s so great,” said Stouffer on being in the same company as Streit. “She sent me messages when I was over in Anchorage, being encouraging and everything like that and, you know, it’s phenomenal – it’s awesome.”

With the win, Stouffer earns an exemption into the 2023 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax, N.S. The B.C. native’s win in the Senior division earns her direct entry into the 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Open and 2023 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, where she will look to defend her title.

Samuel, the 2022 British Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, carded a final round 73 to win the Super Senior division. The Etobocoke, Ont., native also finished as the runner-up in the Mid-Amateur, Mid-Master and Senior divisions.

In the Mid-Amateur section, six-time champion, Christina Spence Proteau, earned the bronze medal, finishing just two strokes back of Stouffer. Helene Chartrand of Sallabery-de-Valleyfield, Que.; 2017 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, Judith Kyrinis; and Canadian Golf Hall of Famer, Mary-Ann Hayward all posted T4 results at 8-over-par for the tournament.

On Thursday, Golf Canada announced the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship would act as a stand-alone event in 2023 and beyond. The national championship will be held at Mad River Golf Club in Creemore, Ont., July 24-27.

The 2023 Canadian Senior Women’s Championship is moving to the Maritimes. It will take place at Mill River Golf Course in O’Leary, P.E.I.

For full results of the 2022 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship click here.