Jordan Gilkison leads Men’s Amateur by one shot after second round
Caledon, Ont. – The Willingdon Cup belongs to Team Ontario, as the host province was crowned as the Inter-Provincial Team champions on Tuesday at the 118th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO.
Ontario finished the team competition at 3-under to edge, the defending champions Team Quebec by one shot. Team Ontario consists of Ashton McCulloch of Kingston, Ont., Cameron Pero of Bloomfield, Ont. and Garrett Rank from Elmira, Ont.
“I’ve never played for the inter-provincial team in the Canadian Men’s Am so it means a lot to me and to play with these two incredible guys and win it for Ontario is pretty cool,” said Ashton McCulloch after Tuesday’s round. McCulloch’s scores of 69 and 68 counted for the team on both days.
“My name is not on that trophy, and I’ve done some cool things in golf so it’s cool to be on there,” said Garrett Rank with a smile.
“There’s a lot of really sweet names on there of guys that have gone on to do some really cool things in the game of golf. Golf is a very individual sport so anytime you get to play in a team setting and play with two other guys and get in that team atmosphere…it’s fun,” added Rank.
Rank shot a 1-over 72 on Tuesday to have his score count, while Cameron Pero’s 1-over 72 counted on Monday towards the team score. “This is my first Canadian Am and it was a pretty cool experience here at The Pulpit Club. I didn’t have my best stuff this week, I fought the putter pretty bad, but Ashton stepped up for the team and put together two pretty great scores so thanks to him,” said Pero.
Play resumed at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday on both courses of The Pulpit Club in Caledon, Ont. after Monday’s opening round was suspended due to darkness. 108 players in the field completed their opening rounds and were treated to sunny skies but windy conditions for round two.
Jordan Gilkison of Washington Township, Ohio shot back-to-back rounds of 68, to sit at 6-under for the tournament and leads by one shot over McCulloch in the race for the Earl Grey Cup heading into Wednesday’s third round.
“I think I’m playing really solid, and my bogey avoidance has been really good,” said Gilkison after finishing his second round at The Paintbrush.
“I’m hitting a lot of greens and giving myself a lot of birdie putts. When I am missing greens, I’m doing a good job of saving par so I would say all parts of my game are feeling pretty good right now,” he added.
Justin Matthews of Little Britain, Ont. finished his first round at The Paintbrush in the morning with a 68 and followed up with a 1-under, 70 at The Pulpit to sit in a tie for third with Alejandro Alonso of Mexico and Zach May of New Zealand at 4-under. Round three will be reduced to low 70 and ties.
The first two rounds of the tournament saw the field of 264 golfers split between playing both The Pulpit and The Paintbrush. The final two rounds of the national championship will be played on The Pulpit.
The 2023 Canadian Men’s Amateur Champion receives an exemption into the 2024 RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Hamilton, Ont. and the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship taking place at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. from August 14-20.
For the leaderboard of the 2023 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO, please click here.
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