114th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship – In ReviewTravis Busch
Golfers from across Canada competed in the 114th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship from Aug. 6th – 9th, an event we proudly co-hosted with Duncan Meadows, and led by Golf Canada. Winner Zach Bauchou of Forest, Virginia took the championship with scores of 65, 68, 67, & 66 for a four-day total of 266 (18 Under Par). With the victory Zach becomes only the 13th person to repeat as back to back Canadian Men’s Amateur Champion.
Zach Bauchou earns an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2019 RBC Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario from June 3-9. Zach will also be playing in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship that begins Monday August 13th at Pebble Beach.
The Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship is the third-oldest national amateur golf championship. Both golf courses hosted 240 golfers between the locations, including teams from each Canadian province, as well as golfers from Europe and the U.S. The first two days were held at Pheasant Glen, and the final 2 rounds of the top 70 players was held at Duncan Meadows on Aug. 8th and 9th. Both Duncan Meadows and Pheasant Glen played as Par 71 layouts and both showed as challenging for the top Amateurs from Canada and beyond.
The Willingdon Cup is an inter-provincial championship that is played during rounds 1 and 2 of the Canadian Men’s Amatuer Championship. Teams of three from nine provinces and two territories played for the team title over the two days. Team Quebec was victories with a team score of 274 (10 Under Par) to win the Willingdon Cup by 7 shots over Alberta. The Quebec team consisted of Hugo Bernard, Joey Savoie, and Julien Sale.
The top golfers that competed at Pheasant Glen & Duncan Meadows this past week included Garret Rank (Elmira, Ontario), Tristan Mandur (Arbutus Ridge), Chia-I Lai (Taipei City, Chinese Tapai), Hugo Bernard (Mount-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec), and Jake Lane (Qualicum Beach, British Columbia).
In preparation for co-hosting the Championship, we held a Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Thursday Aug. 2nd with a flag raising ceremony, piped in by the Qualicum Beach Pipe Band. In memory of his wife and family, Pheasant Glen owner Bill Dutton generously donated the kilts worn by the pipe band. We were honoured to be joined by His Worship Teunis Westbroek, Mayor of the Town of Qualicum Beach, Bill Klein, Golf Canada Governor, and Dan Hyatt, Golf Canada Manager of Rules and Competitions, plus our wonderful volunteers.
Most recently, we hosted the BC Men’s Amateur Championship in 2016. Pheasant Glen has proudly hosted one other Canadian championship and two provincial tournaments. See Full Listing
Zach Bauchou from Forest, Virginia
2018 Men’s Amateur Champion
Quebec Team: Hugo Bernard, Joey Savoie and Julien Sale
Garret Rank, from Elmira, Ontario
Past champions of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship have included future pros such as Mackenzie Hughes, Nick Taylor, Albin Choi, Danny Mijovic, Richard Zokol, Rod Spittle, Jim Nelford and Moe Norman. Doug Roxburgh has won this amateur championship four times!
About 500 visitors spent up to a week participating in this multi-day competition in Cowichan Valley and Parksville-Qualicum. Thank you to the many sponsors, and over 150 volunteers who supported the officials and athletes with meals, some billeting, and transportation.
The success of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship would not be possible without our national partners and host clubs. A big thank you to our National Partners: RBC, Canadian Pacific, Levelwear, Sport Canada, Titleist and FootJoy.