Trstenjak moves up the leaderboard at the Canadian Men’s Amateur
Marco Trstenjak (Golf Manitoba)
Marco Trstenjak continued his steady play on day three of the 118th Canada Men’s Amateur Championship posting his second straight 71 on the Pulpit Course in Caledon, Ontario. The even-par round moved the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club member 14 places up the leaderboard where he will enter the final round in a tie for twenty-second place.
Club mate Ryan McMillan posted a 7-over par round of 78 to finish the day at T53.
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Team Manitoba finished in fifth place during the final round of the annual inter-provincial competition for the Willingdon Cup. The Team of Evan Nachtigall (Wheat City Golf Club), Braxton Kuntz (Breezy Bend Country Club) and Ryan McMillan (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club) shot a score +5 148 for a two-day total of 7-over par 292. Team Ontario finished in 1st place with a two-day score of 3-under par 281.
It was a tough scoring day at the 118th Canadian Men’s Amateur with only two Manitobans making the cut. Ryan McMillan (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club) started the day in T27 and slipped four spots to T31 after a 3-over par score of 74. Marco Trstenjak, also of Elmhurst, had the best Manitoba score of the day with an even par round of 71 on the Pulpit Course to finish the day in a tie for 36th place. Grady Chubak (79), Braxton Kuntz (74), Curtis Marksusson (81), Evan Nachtigall (78), Neel Soni (83), and Trey Ross (91) all fell short of making the cut.
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Team Manitoba T5, McMillian T27 after round 1 of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship
Ryan McMillan is the top Manitoban after round 1 of the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship.
Team Manitoba sits in a two-way tie for 5th place after the first round of the inter-provincial team competition at the 118th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The team of Braxton Kuntz (Breezy Bend Country Club), Ryan McMillan (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club and Evan Nachtigall (What City Golf Course) shot a team score of 1-over par 143 to sit alongside of Team Prince Edward Island. Team Alberta is alone in first place shooting a team score of 6-under par.
Ryan McMillan currently leads the way for all Manitobans carding a 1-under par round of 70 on the Paintbrush course at the Pulpit Club in Caledon, Ontario. Evan Nachtigall posted a 2-over par score of 73 while Braxton Kuntz rounded out the Team Manitoba scoring with a 6-over par score of 77.
Scoring for all Manitobans in the field:
Ryan McMillan (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club) 71 – T27 Evan Nachtigall (Wheat City Golf Course) 73 – T87 Curtis Markusson (St. Charles Country Club) +2 through 9-holes Grady Chuback (Team Manitoba / St. Charles Country Club) +2 through 13-holes Marco Trstenjak (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club) 74 – T120 Braxton Kuntz (Breezy Bend Country Club) 77 – T189 Neel Soni (St. Charles Country Club) +8 through 14-holes Trey Ross (Rossmere Country Club) 88 – 260
Round 1 was suspended due to darkness and will resume at 7:00am EST. The second, and final round of the inter-provincial team competition for the Willingdon Cup, will resume immediately following the conclusion of round 1 and will be played on on the Pulpit Course. Upon conclusion of the second round, the starting field of 264 players in this 72-hole event will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties.
Team Manitoba set for Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship
The 2023 Men's Interprovincial Team (L to R: Evan Nachtigall, Ryan McMillian and Braxton Kuntz)
Braxton Kuntz (Breezy Bend Country Club), Ryan McMillan (Elmhurst Golf & Country Club) and Evan Nachtigall (Wheat City Golf Course) are in Caledon, Ontario this weekend set to open the 118th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship presented by BDO Monday at the Pulpit Golf Club.
Expectations are high as Kuntz and McMillan, who were separated by just a single stroke at Oak Island Golf to conclude the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur. Nachtigall finished only five strokes back with an impressive three under par 69 in his final round.
264 competitors will embark on the 72 hole event with a cut set for the top 70 players and ties following Tuesday’s second round.
Also taking part from Manitoba are Curtis Markusson (St. Charles Country Club), Grady Chuback (Team Manitoba / St. Charles), Marco Trstenjak (Elmhurst), Neel Soni (St. Charles) and Trey Ross (Rossmere Country Club).
Established in 1895, the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship is the third oldest amateur championship in the world. The tournament was first contested as one of the newly formed Royal Canadian Golf Association’s (RCGA), now known as Golf Canada, first orders of business in 1895 at the Ottawa Golf Club.
The national championship originally began as a match play competition but changed to stroke play for the 1969 championship. It remained that way through 1994 when it reverted to match play in honour of the RCGA’s and the championship’s centennial in 1995. The championship once again reverted to stroke play in 2008 and in 2010, the tournament changed to a double field format for the first time ever.
Nick Taylor is the only Canadian male golfer to have won the Canadian Junior Boys (2006), Canadian Men’s Amateur (2007) and RBC Canadian Open (2023) titles. Brooke Henderson is the only Canadian female golfer to win the national championship trifecta, having won the Canadian Junior Girls (2012), Canadian Women’s Amateur (2013) and the CPKC Women’s Open (2018).
The new purse payout that was introduced in 2022 will continue at this year’s championship. To align with the modernized Rules of Amateur Status, players at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship will compete for a purse of $8,000 CAD. Amateur golfers may accept prize money up to a maximum of $1,200 CAD, and payouts will be awarded to the top 10 finishers and ties.
The national championship will also feature an Inter-Provincial Team Championship that will take place over the first 36-holes of the tournament. Team Quebec will be defending their title as nine provinces and one territory will be vying to etch their names into the Willingdon Cup.
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.
Carerra wins Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship; Trstenjak top Manitoban
When Luis Carrera woke up Thursday morning over 4800 kilometres from his hometown in Mexico City, Mexico, the Canadian Men’s Amateur title was an attainable dream he could visualize if he stayed confident. Clearly, the strategy worked. Carrera fired a 66 during the final round at Point Grey Golf and Country Club to claim the title for the117th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO.
“I was like, I think I can win this if I play good, but I’ve got to go get it,” said Carrera. “I’ve got to go take the chances that I get, and I’ve got to make some putts, and I knew I had to come and play well.”
The 22-year-old came out of the gate hot this morning when he made eagle on his first hole. The momentum catapulted him up the leaderboard and his consistent play awarded him a solid, bogey-free round.
“I made some good putts today,” he recalled about his most memorable moments of the tournament. “But I think the eagle on one [would be the most memorable]. That really got me going.”
Carrera might be a long way from home, but the University of Central Florida senior quickly won over the hometown crowd at Point Grey. With a near-tangible excitement, a beaming Carrera hoisted the prestigious Earl Grey Cup to a round of enthusiastic applause and, after a quick lesson, sabered a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
With the win, Carrera becomes only the second Mexican golfer and first since Rafael Alarcon in 1979 to take home the title.
Arriving at the course on Tuesday, the 22-year old found an unexpected piece of home when he ran into Rodrigo Pena, a golf services employee at Point Grey Golf and Country Club and an old friend who shared membership at same club in Mexico City. The surprise clandestine meeting led to Rodrigo serving as Carrera’s caddie for the final round and, well, the rest is history.
Carrera and Mississauga, Ont. native Robbie Latter went wire to wire for the majority of the day, with Latter finishing just two strokes back for the tournament at -8. In third place was Canadian Remi Chartier at 6-under.
When Carrera’s name is etched into the Earl Grey Cup later this year, he’ll join a list of notable Canadian Men’s Amateur Champions including PGA TOUR winner and Olympian Mackenzie Hughes (2011-12), PGA TOUR winner Nick Taylor (2007), Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Moe Norman (1955-56) and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Doug Roxburgh (1972, 1974, 1982, 1988) who was also in the field this week.
Along with the title, Carrera has earned an exemption into the 2023 RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, as well as the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship being contested August 15-22 in Paramus, N.J. This was his first time competing in the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO.
Marco Trstenjak of Elmhurst Golf & Country Club was the highest finishing Manitoban on the leaderboard at T54. He shot a final round 74 to finish the tournament at 291.
Ryan McMillan, also of Elmhurst, carded his second straight 77 to finish at 298.
Trstenjak moves up the leaderboard at Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship
Marco Trstenjak of Elmhurst Golf & Country Club birdied two of the final four holes he played to shoot a 71 Wednesday during the third round of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
Trstenjak is tied for 48th on the leaderboard at 4 over par 217.
Ryan McMillan, also of Elmhurst, is tied for 67th with a 221 total following a 77.
Despite the threat of rain in the forecast, skies remained dry over Point Grey Golf and Country Club. Robbie Latter and Eric Zhao lit up the leaderboard today, each shooting a cool 65 in the third round to tie for the top spot.
Latter, who calls Mississauga, Ont. home, carded five birdies and an eagle to ascend 14 spots in the race for the 117th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship title. The Southern Miss sophomore finished T25 at last year’s event and won the Future Links (now NextGen) Québec Championship as a 17-year-old in 2018.
“My ball striking was very good today,” stated Latter. “Having my brother on the bag today definitely helped!
Though 14-year-old Eric Zhao faced challenges on the 11th hole, the birdies far outweighed the bogeys with an impressive total of nine filling his scorecard. The west coast seems to be treating the National Junior Squad member quite well this season. In May, Zhao was crowned Champion of the Junior Boys Division at the NextGen Pacific Championship in Nanaimo, B.C.
“Today, I focused on staying patient and accepting the shots I hit,” said Zhao. “I only thought about my current shot and never the past or future ones. It did help as I made two bogeys and a double but being aware of my emotions and redirecting my focus allowed me to come back.”
In tomorrow’s final round, Zhao looks to stay consistently calm.
“I want to do something very similar tomorrow. My only expectation is that I learn from this experience playing under heavy pressure,” said a humble Zhao. “I also don’t want to overthink anything and just focus on each shot as I play it, and maybe I’ll go home proud of myself.”
Rounding out the top three is St-Célestin, Que. native Jean-Philippe Parr. The 18-year-old shot his lowest round of the tournament at 67 to sit one stroke off the lead. Parr is also a member of Team Canada’s National Junior Squad.
Tomorrow promises to be an exciting battle of top amateur talent with an exemption into the 2023 RBC Canadian Open, as well as the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship on the line. Not only will the winner etch their name into the historic Earl Grey Cup, but also into Canadian golf history – the competition being the oldest amateur championship in the country.
McMillan leads Manitobans, Team Manitoba 9th at Canadian Men’s Amateur
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Point Grey Golf and Country Club and Seymour Golf and Country Club played host to 250 golfers this holiday Monday as play commenced for the 117th playing of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, presented by BDO.
Elkhorn, Neb. native Luke Gutschewski had a hot start, making eight birdies to shoot a 65 for the day. Heading into his second season playing for Iowa State’s golf team, Gutschewski played a near bogey-free round, getting into the groove and making birdie on five consecutive holes in the middle of his round at Point Grey Golf & Country Club.
“I really just played solid all day, nothing too flashy,” said Gutschewski. “I did a good job of keeping it in play off the tee, left myself in good places when I missed greens, and then putted pretty nicely too.”
Despite the early lead, the 19-year-old isn’t getting too far ahead of himself. “It’s really a long week and we have a long way to go,” added Gutschewski. “If I can keep on doing what I’m doing and not get too wrapped up in the individual result of each shot then we can add up the scores at the end of the week and see what happens.”
Following closely, Banff, Alta. native Kai Iguchi sits just two strokes behind at -4. The 21-year-old recently finished fifth in the Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship and is competing in his first Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
Elmhurst G & CC member Ryan McMillan is the top Manitoban in the field after posting a 2-under par round of 69 at the Point Grey Golf & Country Club.
In addition to Iguchi, nine other Canadians ended round one inside the top-10 including Marc Sweeney (Saskatoon, Sask.), Christopher Vandette (Beaconsfield, Qué.), Jean-Philippe Parr (St-Célestin, Qué.), Jace Minni (Delta, B.C.), Nasheel Kassam (Vancouver, B.C.), Robbie Latter (Mississauga, Ont.), Tony Li (Vancouver, B.C.), Tyler Hull (Toronto, Ont.), Ryan McMillan (Winnipeg, Man.).
Other Manitobans in the field:
T47 – Curtis Markusson, St. Charles CC: 72 PG course T47 – Jack Werhun, Elmhurst G & CC: 72 PG course T121 – Jody Lutz, Elmhurst G & CC: 75 PG course T143 – Marco Trstenjak, Elmhurst G & CC: 76 SEY course T200 – Troy Kehler, Elmhurst G & CC: 79 SEY course T229 – Brent Ingram, Elmhurst G & CC: 82 SEY course T229 – Nathan Wazney, Elmhurst G & CC: 82 SEY course
Tomorrow will mark the final day of play at Seymour Golf and Country Club after which the field will be cut to the low 70 players (including ties). The final 36 holes are scheduled to take place at Point Grey Golf and Country Club.
The winner of the championship will earn an exemption into the 2023 RBC Canadian Open at Oakdale Golf & Country Club, as well as the 2022 U.S. Amateur Championship being contested August 15-22 in Paramus, N.J.
After the halfway point of the Inter-Provincial competition Team Quebec, consisting of Christopher Vandette, Laurent Desmarchais, and William Forgues, leads by three strokes over Team British Columbia. Nine provinces and two territories will continue to battle for the Willingdon trophy tomorrow with Team Ontario looking to rally to defend their 2019 title. Team Manitoba (Marco Trstenjak, Nathan Wazney and Brent Ingram) currently sit in 9th place
Sekulic wins Canadian Men’s Amateur, Sholdice top Manitoban
Max Sekulic of Rycroft, Alta., shot a final round five under 66 to win the 116th Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ont., at 17 under par.
Sekulic, who went birdie-birdie on the final two holes to secure the win, finished two strokes ahead of A.J. Ewart of Coquitlam, B.C., who was at the top of the leaderboard throughout the opening two rounds. National team members Henry Lee (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Brendan MacDougall (Calgary) finished tied for third at 14 under.
Ryan Sholdice of Breezy Bend Country Club made five birdies shooting a two under par 69 and finished as the top Manitoban at 293.
Jack Moro, a Golf Manitoba member from the Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario carded a 76 and a 298 total while Marco Trstenjak of Elmhurst Golf & Country Club finished at 299 following a 71 over his final 18 holes.