109th – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament

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Written by Kelly Miller-Gerlach (ISN) with files Golf Canada – Photos by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

July 16, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Majestic Royal Colwood in partnership with Gorge Vale will be hosting the 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, August 3 through to August 9.

Golf Canada Tournament Chair Mr. Bill Kein for the Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament stated; “It’s a Golf Canada Dream to get golf courses of this calibre to host such an event.”

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A casual conversation between Bill Klein and Grant McDiarmaid out at Royal Colwood Golf Club Monday afternoon – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

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Golf Canada Tournament Chair Bill Klein reviews the 109th – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament with the Media – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

The Canadian Amateur is a four day stroke play event, 240 players will tee it up for the first two days and then the field will reduce to 70 intact. The winner of the event, outside of being the best Canadian Amateur player will receive the Earl Grey Cup and a commemorative Amateur Championship ring. The champion will also receive an exemption into the 2014 RBC Canadian Open, a PGA Tour event held at Royal Montreal Golf Club, in addition to an exemption into the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship, a USGA event at The Country Club in Brookeline, MA. The winning team from the Inter-Provincial Championship will receive the Willingdon Cup, along with individual trophies.

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Host Club Tournament Chair (Royal Colwood) Grant McDiarmaid goes over some of the details – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Victoria will play host to 11 countries for the 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, among them are; USA, Malaysia, Peru, Chili, Columbia, France, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Chinese Taipei, and China. Outside the Golf Canada staff for this event there will be 16 officials, starters and scorers, and over a dozen rule officials covering the area of two golf courses. There are a total of 200 volunteers from both Royal Colwood and Gorge Vale who have worked tirelessly, committing their time and expertise to the success of this tournament.

The Amateur field that will be attending the 109th – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament could very well be the best Amateur field in the history of British Columbia. “It’s Show Time!”

Members and Media had a chance to experience the course at Royal Colwood first hand on Monday afternoon. With the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky, everyone was eager to see just how Royal Colwood was going to play out.

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Royal Colwood’s Kevin Carrigan was on hand to say a few words and to show us just how it’s done. Kevin is the 2012 Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion and BC Willingdon Cup Member for 2013 and is looking forward to playing the prestigious event on home soil. In just a few weeks Kevin will also be representing his home town of Victoria and the Royal Colwood Golf Club at the upcoming 2013 Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

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Jarred Callbeck (eyeing up his shot) showed us the ropes out on the course at Royal Colwood Monday afternoon – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Another leading amateur on hand for a day of golf was Jarred Callbeck, a very polite and talented young man. Jarred is a former member of the Vikes golf team who is now studying Accounting at Camosun College and is a newcomer to the Chargers men’s golf team.

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Jarred Callbeck in perfect form – Photo courtesy of Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

In just a short time Jarred has had a huge impact on the squad, shooting a 72 and 74 at the PACWEST tournament at Kwantlen College, placing Camosun in first place after two events. His consistency and performance at the Kwantlen gave Jarred the honors of being named the PACWEST Athlete of the Week. Jarred’s team mates included the talented Kevin Waaz, Jared Hundza, Brady Stead, Grant Maskiewich and Kevin Brody.

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Some of us looking on as Jeremy Esty (VIGolf) gets ready to pull the trigger, left to right, Kelly Miller-Gerlach (ISN), Jarred Callbeck, and Allan Gossman – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

After the 2013 Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament, Jarred will be looking forward to the next two tournaments. The VIU at the Nanaimo Golf and Country Club will run from Sept. 29-30 and the Cilliwack Golf and Country Club from Oct. 6-7. The Nationals will be held in Oshaw and they will run from Oct. 15-19.

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On the ninth green from left to right, Lloyd Poll, Jarred Callbeck, Kelly Miller-Gerlach, Allan Grossman and puttin is Jeremy Estey (no pressure Jeremy) – Photo by Kasey Eriksen (ISN)

Island Sports News would like to take this opportunity to thank Grant McDiarmaid – (Host Club Tournament Chair, Royal Colwood) Philip Nurse – (General Manager, Royal Colwood) and Jason Giesbrecht – (Director of Golf, Royal Colwood) as well as the entire staff at the Royal Colwood Golf Club for their wonderful hospitality on Monday afternoon. We look forward to covering the 109th – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament.

The schedule of events for the 109th – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament are as follows:

Saturday, August 3, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:42 p.m.

Qualifying Round (#1 & 10 tees – Royal Colwood)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tournament Registration – Royal Colwood

9:40 a.m. – Finish

Practice Round for all competitors – Both Courses

Monday, August 5, 2013

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tournament Registration – Royal Colwood

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Practice Round for all competitors – Both Courses

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Provincial Team Photos – Mandatory Player Meeting (Royal Colwood) – Player Reception (Royal Colwood)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:09 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:09 p.m.

Round 1 – #1 & #10 tees – Both Courses

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:42 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:42 p.m.

Round 2 – #1 & #10 tees – Both Courses

Thursday, August 8, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:42 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. – 2:42 p.m.

Round 2 – #1 & #10 tees – Both Courses

Thursday, August 8, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:42 a.m.

Round 3 – #1 & #10 tees – Royal Colwood

Friday, August 9, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 9:42 a.m.

Final Round -#1 & #10 tees – Royal Colwood

3:30 p.m. (time approximate)

Awards Ceremony and Willingdon Cup Presentation – Royal Colwood

Officials and Staff

Golf Canada Tournament Director – Royal Colwood

Adam Helmer

Golf Canada Tournament Director – Gorge Vale

Cam Crawford

Golf Canada Tournament Chair

Bill Klein

Host Club Tournament Chair

Grant McDiarmaid

Golf Canada Media & Public Relations

Morgan Bell

Royal Colwood Golf Club Pro Shop

(250) 478-9591

Gorge Vale Golf Club Pro Shop

(250) 236-3401

 

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