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BARRIE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Rob Couture edged into the lead at the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship after a third round 3-under 69 at Barrie Country Club.

Couture of Dallas, Texas., opened up a three-stroke lead at the turn after a front-nine 4-under 32, but carded two bogeys on his closing stretch to finish a stroke ahead of Team Canada’s Garrett Rank at 5-under 211.

“I feel like obviously I can get it done and it’s one thing to hope you can get it done and think you can get it done but I know I can,” said Couture, the 2011 Mid-Amateur champion. “I don’t think there’s any concern with Garrett either, he’s won plenty of tournaments and he knows that he can do it too so I’m just going to go and try to play a really good round of golf, add it up at the end and see what happens.”

Playing alongside Couture, Rank of Elmira, Ont. cut into the lead with a back nine 2-under 34.  His third round 3-under 69 leaves him in striking distance of a spot into next year’s RBC Canadian Open and a second national championship title — Rank captured the Canadian University/College Championship Individual title in 2012.

“I finished well, I made three birdies in the last six holes so that was good because I think at one point he [Couture] had stretched out to five or six ahead of me,” Rank said. “I like being one back better than two back but I can’t really worry about what he’s doing. I just have to go out there tomorrow, control what I can control, stick to my game plan and continue to play some pretty good golf.”

Windsor, Ont.’s Michael Rutgers will join the final pairing on Friday after carding even-par 72. Rutgers sits in solo third at 1-under 215 for the championship, while Darren Shaw of Stoney Creek, Ont. is in fourth at even-par 216.

Shaw, the overnight leader, struggled in the third round with a 3-over 75, but remains ahead in the Mid-Master competition by three strokes over Calgary’s Kevin Temple.

The champion of the 2014 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will earn an exemption into the 2015 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

The following are third round scores from the 28th Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Barrie Country Club (Par 72 – 6987 yards).
1. Rob Couture, Dallas, TX, *70-72-69-211 -5
2. Garrett Rank, Elmira, ON, *73-70-69-212 -4
3. Michael Rutgers, Windsor, ON, *72-71-72-215 -1
4. Darren Shaw, Stoney Creek, ON, *74-67-75-216 E
5. Marc St-Germain, Toronto, ON, *72-75-70-217 +1
5. Patrick Weeks, Vancouver, BC, *73-73-71-217 +1
7. Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, BC, *71-76-71-218 +2
8. Matthew Ion Young, Burlington, ON, *73-73-73-219 +3
8. Kevin Temple, Calgary, AB, *73-72-74-219 +3
10. Justin Fluit, Toronto, ON, *75-75-70-220 +4
11. Brad Greenside, Barrie, ON, *74-71-76-221 +5
12. Rob Ferguson, Edmonton, AB, *76-73-73-222 +6
12. Andrew Tomchuk, London, ON, *72-75-75-222 +6
14. Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, *78-72-73-223 +7
14. Michael Farrugia, Peterborough, ON, *75-75-73-223 +7
14. Peter Willis, Aurora, ON, *79-74-70-223 +7
14. Garth Collings, Matlock, MB, *74-75-74-223 +7
14. Ryan McInerney, London, ON, *76-71-76-223 +7
14. Dwight Reinhart, Renfrew, ON, *74-71-78-223 +7
20. Glenn Robinson, Middle Sackville, NS, *77-74-73-224 +8
20. Brandon Markiw, Edmonton, AB, *73-76-75-224 +8
20. Dustin Yeager, Calgary, AB, *74-75-75-224 +8
20. Gary Young, Mississauga, ON, *75-74-75-224 +8
24. Colin Coben, Delisle, SK, *78-73-74-225 +9
24. Justin McDonald, Winnipeg, MB, *76-74-75-225 +9
24. Jeff Crowe, London, ON, *81-73-71-225 +9
24. David Greenaway, Barrie, ON, *76-73-76-225 +9
28. Cameron Laker, Vancouver, BC, *77-76-73-226 +10
29. Rob Cowan, Waterloo, ON, *77-75-75-227 +11
29. Alec Kerr, Toronto, ON, *74-78-75-227 +11
29. Nicholas Gagne, Richmond, BC, *74-74-79-227 +11
29. Alex Palmer, Fredericton, NB, *72-76-79-227 +11
29. Greg Jones, Berry Mills, NB, *71-76-80-227 +11
34. Robert Gibson, Toronto, ON, *75-77-76-228 +12
34. Bobby Wiebe, Headingley, MB, *77-75-76-228 +12
34. Paul Coulson, Biblehill, NS, *73-77-78-228 +12
34. Robert Barger, Oakville, ON, *79-74-75-228 +12
34. Sean Samoluk, Calgary, AB, *73-77-78-228 +12
39. Tyler Wright, Regina, SK, *76-76-77-229 +13
39. Drew Symons, Woodstock, ON, *74-76-79-229 +13
39. Ryan Chin, New York, NY, *80-74-75-229 +13
39. Robin Petras, Newmarket, ON, *80-75-74-229 +13
43. Sandy Harper, Nanaimo, BC, *80-72-78-230 +14
43. Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, *79-74-77-230 +14
43. Chris Frook, Kemble, ON, *74-79-77-230 +14
43. Dean Henry, Wasaga Beach, ON, *75-72-83-230 +14
43. Larry Cooper, Oakville, ON, *75-80-75-230 +14
43. Harry Aime, St. Albert, AB, *80-75-75-230 +14
49. Kris Carley, Carnduff, SK, *75-77-79-231 +15
49. Grant Oh, Calgary, AB, *77-75-79-231 +15
49. Derek Dalziel, Oakville, ON, *77-75-79-231 +15
49. Hugues Legault, Saint-Lazare, QC, *74-78-79-231 +15
49. Aaron Nickerson, Clark’s Harbour, NS, *78-75-78-231 +15
49. Stephen Wright, Toronto, ON, *77-76-78-231 +15
49. Charles Fitzsimmons, London, ON, *76-79-76-231 +15
49. Jeff Wright, Mission, BC, *83-72-76-231 +15
57. Martin O’Brien, O’Leary, PE, *77-76-79-232 +16
57. Derek McGrath, Cambridge, ON, *75-74-83-232 +16
57. Cameron Lowdon, Stonewall, MB, *82-72-78-232 +16
57. Mike Kray, Oakville, ON, *77-77-78-232 +16
57. Ryan Verrette, Milton, ON, *77-77-78-232 +16
57. Bryan Toth, Victoria, BC, *76-79-77-232 +16
63. James Gregg, Kitchener, ON, *81-73-79-233 +17
63. Joey Chua, Acton, ON, *79-76-78-233 +17
65. Luc Guilbault, Drummondville, QC, *77-75-82-234 +18
65. Allan Stanley, Windsor, ON, *76-76-82-234 +18
65. Matthew Oldershaw, Shanty Bay, ON, *75-79-80-234 +18
65. Jean-Henri Lavoie, Brampton, ON, *79-75-80-234 +18
65. Tim Acaster, North Battleford, SK, *81-74-79-234 +18
70. Dennis Kavelman, Toronto, ON, *73-79-83-235 +19
70. Chuck Conley, Goose Bay, NL, *76-76-83-235 +19
70. Rick Robinson, Orangeville, ON, *81-73-81-235 +19
73. Brett Taylor, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, *77-77-83-237 +21
74. Bryan Grice, Port Coquitlam, BC, *77-75-87-239 +23

DID NOT FINISH

MC. Jason Campbell, Summerside, PE, *80-76-0-156 +12
MC. Kyle Fraser, Alberton, PE, *77-79-0-156 +12
MC. Cody Adolph, Stony Plain, AB, *77-79-0-156 +12
MC. Jonathan Dunlap, Toronto, ON, *77-79-0-156 +12
MC. James Faraday, Calgary, AB, *79-77-0-156 +12
MC. John Harrington, Ajax, ON, *79-77-0-156 +12
MC. Christian McCullough, Richmond Hill, ON, *83-73-0-156 +12
MC. James Paterson, Ottawa, ON, *80-76-0-156 +12
MC. Tim Hasenack, Barrie, ON, *79-78-0-157 +13
MC. Greg Hotham, Barrie, ON, *79-78-0-157 +13
MC. Terry Filewich, Spruce Grove, AB, *78-79-0-157 +13
MC. Rob Knights, Ottawa, ON, *77-80-0-157 +13
MC. Mark Henderson, Barrie, ON, *73-85-0-158 +14
MC. Craig Larson, Tacoma, WA, *78-80-0-158 +14
MC. Paul Gortnar, Mississauga, ON, *80-78-0-158 +14
MC. Aaron Robinson, Saskatoon, SK, *81-77-0-158 +14
MC. Jordan Belton, Surrey, BC, *76-82-0-158 +14
MC. Joe Dotto, Airdrie, AB, *76-82-0-158 +14
MC. Keith Joel, Toronto, ON, *82-76-0-158 +14
MC. Drew Dempster, Ancaster, ON, *79-79-0-158 +14
MC. Raymond Oh, Richmond Hill, ON, *79-80-0-159 +15
MC. Jud Whiteside, Woodbridge, ON, *82-77-0-159 +15
MC. Ben Snaidero, Burlington, ON, *77-82-0-159 +15
MC. Mike Tibbs, Winnipeg, MB, *81-78-0-159 +15
MC. Timothy Birnie, Canmore, AB, *76-84-0-160 +16
MC. Dave Mills, Midhurst, ON, *79-81-0-160 +16
MC. Greg Wilson, Vaudreuil, QC, *83-78-0-161 +17
MC. Tony MacKinnon, Fredericton, NB, *75-86-0-161 +17
MC. Scott Markham, Winnipeg, MB, *83-78-0-161 +17
MC. Brett Wilkinson, Dundas, ON, *77-84-0-161 +17
MC. Gerry Greenwood, Brooklin, ON, *81-80-0-161 +17
MC. Chad Facey, Hamiota, MB, *81-80-0-161 +17
MC. Arjun Walia, Maple, ON, *83-78-0-161 +17
MC. Tim Southcott, Milton, ON, *79-82-0-161 +17
MC. Tony Gagnon, Saskatoon, SK, *82-79-0-161 +17
MC. Dan Kavanagh, Scarborough, ON, *81-81-0-162 +18
MC. Jeff Murdoch, Stony Plain, AB, *84-78-0-162 +18
MC. Shawn Farrell, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, *84-78-0-162 +18
MC. Jeff Scobie, Regina, SK, *82-80-0-162 +18
MC. Michel Labelle, Kirkland, QC, *82-80-0-162 +18
MC. Mike Woodhouse, Lindsay, ON, *83-79-0-162 +18
MC. Paul Lang, Waterdown, ON, *81-81-0-162 +18
MC. Jean-Marc Plante, Saint-Bruno, QC, *80-82-0-162 +18
MC. Greg Colling, New Tecumseth, ON, *84-79-0-163 +19
MC. Brad Phelps, Saskatoon, SK, *80-83-0-163 +19
MC. Paul Cummings, Guelph, ON, *80-83-0-163 +19
MC. Scott Hepburn, St. Thomas, ON, *87-76-0-163 +19
MC. Neil Boddington, Shanty Bay, ON, *80-84-0-164 +20
MC. Karl Parrington, Dewinton, AB, *81-83-0-164 +20
MC. Graham Card, Aurora, ON, *84-80-0-164 +20
MC. James Decker, Vancouver, BC, *85-79-0-164 +20
MC. Chad Hoffman, Glace Bay, NS, *82-82-0-164 +20
MC. Jason Iles, West Vancouver, BC, *84-80-0-164 +20
MC. Kerry Short, Vineland, ON, *83-81-0-164 +20
MC. Spencer Harris, Winnipeg, MB, *80-84-0-164 +20
MC. Ernest Vettese, Barrie, ON, *82-83-0-165 +21
MC. Robert Oliphant, Winnipeg, MB, *88-78-0-166 +22
MC. Cameron Duncan, Calgary, AB, *87-79-0-166 +22
MC. Rj Dundas, Camrose, AB, *89-77-0-166 +22
MC. Martin Ring, Prince Albert, SK, *84-82-0-166 +22
MC. Michael Schaffer, Kitchener, ON, *82-84-0-166 +22
MC. Kevin Campbell, Edmonton, AB, *87-81-0-168 +24
MC. Jamie Robertson, Toronto, ON, *87-81-0-168 +24
MC. Rich Pal, Calgary, AB, *85-84-0-169 +25
MC. Ryan Galbraith, Kirkland, QC, *85-84-0-169 +25
MC. Christopher Fry, Limehouse, ON, *82-88-0-170 +26
MC. Mike Bondy, Morriston, ON, *85-85-0-170 +26
MC. David Dunville, Whitecourt, AB, *85-85-0-170 +26
MC. Andrew Kirkwood, Delta, BC, *91-79-0-170 +26
MC. Marc Ffrench, Ottawa, ON, *89-82-0-171 +27
MC. Donald Dasti, Whitby, ON, *84-87-0-171 +27
MC. Guillaume Bélanger, L’islet-sur-mer, QC, *83-88-0-171 +27
MC. Steven Gamester, Websters Corner, PE, *86-86-0-172 +28
MC. Michael Larocque, Calgary, AB, *88-85-0-173 +29
MC. Mahboob Nawaz, Witless Bay, NL, *91-82-0-173 +29
MC. Gordon Rundell, Okotoks, AB, *91-83-0-174 +30
MC. Matthew Hackett, Burin Bay Arm, NL, *84-90-0-174 +30
MC. David Brisson, Paris, ON, *89-85-0-174 +30
MC. Stu Clements, Gibson, BC, *88-87-0-175 +31
MC. Chris Gillard, Port Moody, BC, *86-89-0-175 +31
WD. Yi Bae, Belleuve, WA, *79-76-0-155 +11
WD. Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, *76-79-82-237 +21
WD. Michael Fiorini, Woodbridge, ON, *
WD. David Foster, Charleston, SC, *
WD. Colin Gilliam, Surrey, BC, *
WD. Tristan Lewis, Shaker Heights, OH, *
WD. Pete McMenemy, Waterloo, ON, *
WD. Ryan Mulhern, Vancouver, BC, *
WD. Gregory Swenson, Saskatoon, SK, *
WD. Brad Wadsworth, Oshawa, ON, *

Mid-Master Results

1. Darren Shaw, Stoney Creek, ON, *74-67-75-216 E
2. Kevin Temple, Calgary, AB, *73-72-74-219 +3
3. Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, *78-72-73-223 +7
3. Garth Collings, Matlock, MB, *74-75-74-223 +7
3. Dwight Reinhart, Renfrew, ON, *74-71-78-223 +7
6. Glenn Robinson, Middle Sackville, NS, *77-74-73-224 +8
6. Gary Young, Mississauga, ON, *75-74-75-224 +8
8. Colin Coben, Delisle, SK, *78-73-74-225 +9
8. David Greenaway, Barrie, ON, *76-73-76-225 +9
10. Rob Cowan, Waterloo, ON, *77-75-75-227 +11
10. Greg Jones, Berry Mills, NB, *71-76-80-227 +11
12. Robert Gibson, Toronto, ON, *75-77-76-228 +12
12. Paul Coulson, Biblehill, NS, *73-77-78-228 +12
14. Drew Symons, Woodstock, ON, *74-76-79-229 +13
15. Sandy Harper, Nanaimo, BC, *80-72-78-230 +14
15. Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, *79-74-77-230 +14
15. Larry Cooper, Oakville, ON, *75-80-75-230 +14
15. Harry Aime, St. Albert, AB, *80-75-75-230 +14
19. Grant Oh, Calgary, AB, *77-75-79-231 +15
19. Hugues Legault, Saint-Lazare, QC, *74-78-79-231 +15
19. Aaron Nickerson, Clark’s Harbour, NS, *78-75-78-231 +15
22. Cameron Lowdon, Stonewall, MB, *82-72-78-232 +16
22. Mike Kray, Oakville, ON, *77-77-78-232 +16
22. Bryan Toth, Victoria, BC, *76-79-77-232 +16
25. James Gregg, Kitchener, ON, *81-73-79-233 +17
26. Luc Guilbault, Drummondville, QC, *77-75-82-234 +18
26. Allan Stanley, Windsor, ON, *76-76-82-234 +18
26. Jean-Henri Lavoie, Brampton, ON, *79-75-80-234 +18
29. Dennis Kavelman, Toronto, ON, *73-79-83-235 +19
29. Chuck Conley, Goose Bay, NL, *76-76-83-235 +19
29. Rick Robinson, Orangeville, ON, *81-73-81-235 +19
32. Brett Taylor, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, *77-77-83-237 +21

DID NOT FINISH

MC. James Faraday, Calgary, AB, *79-77-0-156 +12
MC. James Paterson, Ottawa, ON, *80-76-0-156 +12
MC. Tim Hasenack, Barrie, ON, *79-78-0-157 +13
MC. Greg Hotham, Barrie, ON, *79-78-0-157 +13
MC. Terry Filewich, Spruce Grove, AB, *78-79-0-157 +13
MC. Rob Knights, Ottawa, ON, *77-80-0-157 +13
MC. Craig Larson, Tacoma, WA, *78-80-0-158 +14
MC. Joe Dotto, Airdrie, AB, *76-82-0-158 +14
MC. Drew Dempster, Ancaster, ON, *79-79-0-158 +14
MC. Raymond Oh, Richmond Hill, ON, *79-80-0-159 +15
MC. Timothy Birnie, Canmore, AB, *76-84-0-160 +16
MC. Dave Mills, Midhurst, ON, *79-81-0-160 +16
MC. Greg Wilson, Vaudreuil, QC, *83-78-0-161 +17
MC. Tony MacKinnon, Fredericton, NB, *75-86-0-161 +17
MC. Brett Wilkinson, Dundas, ON, *77-84-0-161 +17
MC. Gerry Greenwood, Brooklin, ON, *81-80-0-161 +17
MC. Tim Southcott, Milton, ON, *79-82-0-161 +17
MC. Tony Gagnon, Saskatoon, SK, *82-79-0-161 +17
MC. Jeff Murdoch, Stony Plain, AB, *84-78-0-162 +18
MC. Shawn Farrell, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, *84-78-0-162 +18
MC. Jeff Scobie, Regina, SK, *82-80-0-162 +18
MC. Michel Labelle, Kirkland, QC, *82-80-0-162 +18
MC. Jean-Marc Plante, Saint-Bruno, QC, *80-82-0-162 +18
MC. Brad Phelps, Saskatoon, SK, *80-83-0-163 +19
MC. Paul Cummings, Guelph, ON, *80-83-0-163 +19
MC. Scott Hepburn, St. Thomas, ON, *87-76-0-163 +19
MC. Neil Boddington, Shanty Bay, ON, *80-84-0-164 +20
MC. Karl Parrington, Dewinton, AB, *81-83-0-164 +20
MC. Graham Card, Aurora, ON, *84-80-0-164 +20
MC. James Decker, Vancouver, BC, *85-79-0-164 +20
MC. Jason Iles, West Vancouver, BC, *84-80-0-164 +20
MC. Kerry Short, Vineland, ON, *83-81-0-164 +20
MC. Ernest Vettese, Barrie, ON, *82-83-0-165 +21
MC. Robert Oliphant, Winnipeg, MB, *88-78-0-166 +22
MC. Cameron Duncan, Calgary, AB, *87-79-0-166 +22
MC. Rj Dundas, Camrose, AB, *89-77-0-166 +22
MC. Martin Ring, Prince Albert, SK, *84-82-0-166 +22
MC. Michael Schaffer, Kitchener, ON, *82-84-0-166 +22
MC. Kevin Campbell, Edmonton, AB, *87-81-0-168 +24
MC. Jamie Robertson, Toronto, ON, *87-81-0-168 +24
MC. Rich Pal, Calgary, AB, *85-84-0-169 +25
MC. Mike Bondy, Morriston, ON, *85-85-0-170 +26
MC. David Dunville, Whitecourt, AB, *85-85-0-170 +26
MC. Marc Ffrench, Ottawa, ON, *89-82-0-171 +27
MC. Donald Dasti, Whitby, ON, *84-87-0-171 +27
MC. Michael Larocque, Calgary, AB, *88-85-0-173 +29
MC. Mahboob Nawaz, Witless Bay, NL, *91-82-0-173 +29
MC. Gordon Rundell, Okotoks, AB, *91-83-0-174 +30
MC. Stu Clements, Gibson, BC, *88-87-0-175 +31
WD. Yi Bae, Belleuve, WA, *79-76-0-155 +11
WD. Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, *76-79-82-237 +21
WD. Michael Fiorini, Woodbridge, ON, *
WD. David Foster, Charleston, SC, *
WD. Pete McMenemy, Waterloo, ON, *
WD. Ryan Mulhern, Vancouver, BC, *
WD. Brad Wadsworth, Oshawa, ON, *

Inter-Provincial Team Results (Final 36-hole competition)

1. British Columbia –  Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, BC, Patrick Weeks, Vancouver, BC, Sandy Harper, Nanaimo, BC, *144-145-289 +1
2. Alberta – Harry Aime, St. Albert, AB, Kevin Temple, Calgary, AB, Sean Samoluk, Calgary, AB, *146-147-293 +5
3. Ontario – Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, Dean Henry, Wasaga Beach, ON, Michael Farrugia, Peterborough, ON, *150-144-294 +6
4. Nova Scotia – Aaron Nickerson, Clark’s Harbour, NS, Paul Coulson, Biblehill, NS, Glenn Robinson, Middle Sackville, NS, *150-149-299 +11
5. New Brunswick – Tony MacKinnon, Fredericton, NB, Alex Palmer, Fredericton, NB, Brett Taylor, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, *147-153-300 +12
6. Saskatchewan – Tyler Wright, Regina, SK, Kris Carley, Carnduff, SK, Tim Acaster, North Battleford, SK, *151-150-301 +13
7. Prince Edward Island – Jason Campbell, Summerside, PE, Martin O’Brien, O’Leary, PE, Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, *156-150-306 +18
8. Newfoundland and Labrador – Matthew Hackett, Burin Bay Arm, NL, Chuck Conley, Goose Bay, NL, Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, *152-155-307 +19
9. Quebec – Ryan Galbraith, Kirkland, QC, Shawn Farrell, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Luc Guilbault, Drummondville, QC, *161-153-314 +26
10. Manitoba – Cameron Lowdon, Stonewall, MB, Scott Markham, Winnipeg, MB, Robert Oliphant, Winnipeg, MB, *165-150-315 +27

Source: Golf Canada

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