Californian Eli Cole Captures Canada’s Amateur Championship

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August 10, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – While rehabbing for most of last year from a double fracture of his tibia and fibula Eli Cole of California had considerable time to contemplate how he would like to make his comeback in golf.

However, winning the prestigious 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, holding the 106-year-old Earl Grey Cup and receiving all the perks that accompany this national honour may not have been uppermost on his mind. That’s all changed now.

elicole2013cdnamchamp350pixThe 23-year-old native of Beverly Hills entered Friday’s final round at Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C. in a three-way tie for the lead. He was still tied for first with Corey Conners, when the pair reached the 18th hole, but after two-putting from 15-feet and watching Conners three-putt from outside 50-feet, Cole’s unimagined comeback was complete and his goal of playing on the PGA Tour on two healthy feet has taken a giant step forward.

The 2013 Amateur champion receives an exemption into the 2014 RBC Canadian Open at Royal Montreal Golf Club, which has been a regular event on the U.S. PGA TOUR for over 75 years. Cole also earns a a spot into next week’s 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

“I never thought Corey was going to three putt, he’s just such a classy player and he’s so good,” Cole said, a graduate of Texas Christian University. “I was lucky to play with him the last few days, he was just a great guy all the way around yesterday and today, start to finish.”

“It’s been a long road and if I said I did it by myself I’d be lying, so many people have helped me along the way,” he stated. “I’m really lucky to have come in contact with the people I have and everyone associated with TCU has just been incredible and everyone over in Canada this week have been so friendly.”

“One of my goals is obviously to play on the PGA TOUR and now I’m about 1-millionth of the way there playing in the event. I have to stay healthy knowing my history but I couldn’t be more excited, I absolutely love it up here in Canada.”

Finishing in a tie for second one-stroke behind Cole at 5-under par 277 were Team Canada’s Conners and Taylor Pendrith, 22, of Richmond Hill, Ont. Conners carded three birdies on his back nine to post a 1-over 71, while Pendrith thrilled fans holing out from 179 yards for eagle from the middle of the 18th fairway to post a 2-under 68 final round.

Colombia’s Celia, finished in solo fourth at 4-under 278 after a final round 2-over 72, while Team Canada Development Squad member, Adam Svensson, 19, of Surrey, B.C., finished in solo fifth at 3-under 279 after 4-under 66 on Friday.

Final Scores – 2013 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

1 Eli Cole Beverly Hills, CA 71-66-69-70–276 -6

T2 Taylor Pendrith Richmond Hill, ON 69-71-69-68–277 -5

T2 Corey Conners Listowel, ON 66-70-70-71–277 -5

4 Ricardo Celia Colombia 70-70-66-72–278 -4

5 Adam Svensson Surrey, BC 73-69-71-66–279 -3

6 Chris Hemmerich Kitchener, ON 74-68-71-67–280 -2

T7 Kevin Carrigan Victoria, BC 72-71-69-69–281 -1

T7 Scott Secord Calgary, AB 70-71-68-72–281 -1

T9 Cameron Jones New Zealand 69-75-70-68–282 E

T9 Jarred Callbeck Victoria, BC 69-74-71-68–282 E

T11 Kevin Spooner West Vancouver, BC 70-76-68-69–283 +1

T11 Chris Worrell Enid, OK 67-74-71-71–283 +1

T13 Riley Fleming Airdrie, AB 73-71-71-69–284 +2

T13 Kevin Kwon Maple Ridge, BC 72-74-68-70–284 +2

T15 Wesley McClain Diboll, TX 73-73-72-67–285 +3

T15 Justin Shin Pitt Meadow, BC 70-70-73-72–285 +3

T15 Stephen Powers Plainfield, IL 70-73-69-73–285 +3

T15 Andrew Whalen Ephrata, WA 67-72-72-74–285 +3

T15 Paul Misko Thousand Oaks, CA 69-69-72-75–285 +3

T20 Enzo Perez France 76-70-72-68–286 +4

T20 Jake Mondy Blacksburg, VA 75-70-69-72–286 +4

T22 Craig Doell Victoria, BC 73-72-73-69–287 +5

T22 Blair Hamilton Burlington, ON 74-72-72-69–287 +5

T22 Thomas Dunne Dublin, OH 70-77-66-74–287 +5

T22 Garrett Rank Elmira, ON 72-74-67-74–287 +5

T22 Daniel Chian Covina, CA 70-74-68-75–287 +5

T27 Santiago Gomez Colombia 81-66-70-71–288 +6

T27 Mathieu Perron St. Hubert, QC 76-69-71-72–288 +6

T27 Brett Hogan Calgary, AB 71-72-70-75–288 +6

T27 Dave Bunker Woodbridge, ON 72-69-72-75–288 +6

T31 Jesse Galvon Dewinton, AB 74-72-72-71–289 +7

T31 Keelan Kilpatrick New Zealand 72-70-73-74–289 +7

T31 Jake McLeod Australia 69-71-74-75–289 +7

T31 Chad Merzbacher Eden Prairie, MN 74-71-74-70–289 +7

T31 Yu-Chuan Hsiang Taiwan 70-65-78-76–289 +7

T31 Matt Rawitzer Bellingham, WA 75-72-72-70–289 +7

T31 Maverick Antcliff Australia 74-73-73-69–289 +7

T38 Miller Capps Denver, NC 72-72-74-72–290 +8

T38 Ben Geyer Arbuckle, CA 74-72-72-72–290 +8

T38 Jake Knapp Costa Mesa, CA 76-68-71-75–290 +8

T41 Quinn Prchal Glenview, IL 71-70-76-74–291 +9

T41 Josh Wytinck Glenboro, MB 73-74-71-73–291 +9

T41 Tyler Saunders Sturgeon County, AB 73-73-73-72–291 +9

T41 Aaron Pauls Chilliwack, BC 68-78-73-72–291 +9

T41 Dustin Pewarchuk Victoria, BC 69-78-72-72–291 +9

T41 Kieran Standen Edmonton, AB 71-69-73-78–291 +9

T47 James Fahy Vancouver, BC 72-72-74-74–292 +10

T47 Conner Kozak Vernon, BC 73-74-74-71–292 +10

T47 Raoul Menard Ange-Gardien, QC 71-74-77-70–292 +10

T50 Aaron Cockerill Gunton, MB 73-70-74-76–293 +11

T50 Matt Williams Calgary, AB 74-71-72-76–293 +11

T50 Sang Gyun Lee Calgary, AB 79-68-72-74–293 +11

T50 Quinn Vilneff Amherstburg, ON 74-70-77-72–293 +11

T54 Truman Tai Markham, ON 71-74-71-78–294 +12

T54 Charles-Etienne Demers Quebec City, QC 75-72-68-79–294 +12

56 Andrew Fogg Greenwood, IN 70-72-78-75–295 +13

T57 James Beale New Zealand 74-71-76-75–296 +14

T57 Mitch Sutton London, ON 76-71-76-73–296 +14

T59 Matias Dominguez Chile 72-71-76-78–297 +15

T59 Keegan Tyers Newmarket, ON 70-75-79-73–297 +15

61 Patrick Barrett Pinehurst, NC 73-74-75-76–298 +16

T62 Elliott Whitley Hamilton, ON 77-69-73-80–299 +17

T62 Josh Zhang Vancouver, BC 69-78-73-79–299 +17

T62 Jean-Philip Cornellier Granby, QC 71-76-75-77–299 +17

T65 Andrew Harrison Camrose, AB 75-72-76-77–300 +18

T65 Josh Whalen Napanee, ON 74-73-76-77–300 +18

T65 Marc Casullo Aurora, ON 72-71-81-76–300 +18

T65 Charlie Hughes Langley, BC 73-74-77-76–300 +18

T65 Cristobal del Solar Chile 71-72-82-75–300 +18

70 Russell Bowie Mississauga, ON 73-73-78-77–301 +19

71 Lockie Munro Toronto, ON 76-71-80-81–308 +26