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BARRIE, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Rob Couture took control of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship after a 2-under 70 at Barrie Country Club on Tuesday.

Couture, the 2011 Mid-Amateur champion, overcame gusty conditions during the afternoon draw to finish one-stoke ahead of two-time defending champion, Kevin Carrigan, of Victoria, B.C. and Greg Jones of Berry Mills, N.B.

“[The golf course] is very good, it’s the kind of golf course that if there wasn’t any wind you could certainly make a lot of birdies and shoot a good score but especially in wind like this anything under par is a good round,” Couture said. “The greens get quick, you can certainly get in the wrong spot and there’s not much you can do to two putt in some areas.”

The Dallas, Texas native made five birdies during the opening round and closed with a clutch par save on the par-5 18th to finish atop the leaderboard heading into Wednesday’s second round.

“I putted well, I didn’t get off to a great start, I bogeyed No. 2 from 95 yards in the middle of the fairway but then I chipped in on No. 4 off the front of the green for birdie to get back to even,” Couture said of his turning point on course. “That’s kind of something that can change things a little bit so that was good and from there on I played pretty solid.”

Carrigan and Jones currently trail Couture by a stroke after opening with a pair of 1-under 71’s. Jones birdied the difficult par-4 17th on his closing nine to grab the lead in the Mid-Master race by two strokes over Toronto’s Dennis Kavelman, Calgary’s Kevin Temple and Paul Coulson of Biblehill, N.S.

Four players finished the day at even-par to share fourth spot in the Mid-Amateur division including Toronto’s Marc St-Germain, Andrew Tomchuk of London, Ont., Alex Palmer of Fredericton, N.B. and Michael Rutgers of Windsor, Ont.

In the Inter-Provincial team competition, the Team British Columbia contingent of Kevin Carrigan, Patrick Weeks and Sandy Harper leads by two strokes over Team Alberta after carding an even-par 144.

The following are opening round scores from the 28th Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Barrie Country Club (Par 72 – 6987 yards)

1. Rob Couture, Dallas, TX, *35-35-70 -2
2. Greg Jones, Berry Mills, NB, *35-36-71 -1
2. Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, BC, *35-36-71 -1
4. Marc St-Germain, Toronto, ON, *38-34-72 E
4. Andrew Tomchuk, London, ON, *36-36-72 E
4. Alex Palmer, Fredericton, NB, *35-37-72 E
4. Michael Rutgers, Windsor, ON, *36-36-72 E
8. Brandon Markiw, Edmonton, AB, *37-36-73 +1
8. Mark Henderson, Barrie, ON, *37-36-73 +1
8. Matthew Ion Young, Burlington, ON, *34-39-73 +1
8. Garrett Rank, Elmira, ON, *36-37-73 +1
8. Dennis Kavelman, Toronto, ON, *37-36-73 +1
8. Patrick Weeks, Vancouver, BC, *37-36-73 +1
8. Sean Samoluk, Calgary, AB, *33-40-73 +1
8. Kevin Temple, Calgary, AB, *38-35-73 +1
8. Paul Coulson, Biblehill, NS, *38-35-73 +1
17. Drew Symons, Woodstock, ON, *37-37-74 +2
17. Garth Collings, Matlock, MB, *38-36-74 +2
17. Chris Frook, Kemble, ON, *35-39-74 +2
17. Brad Greenside, Barrie, ON, *34-40-74 +2
17. Hugues Legault, Saint-Lazare, QC, *38-36-74 +2
17. Alec Kerr, Toronto, ON, *37-37-74 +2
17. Dwight Reinhart, Renfrew, ON, *37-37-74 +2
17. Nicholas Gagne, Richmond, BC, *37-37-74 +2
17. Dustin Yeager, Calgary, AB, *36-38-74 +2
17. Darren Shaw, Stoney Creek, ON, *36-38-74 +2
27. Gary Young, Mississauga, ON, *37-38-75 +3
27. Derek McGrath, Cambridge, ON, *37-38-75 +3
27. Larry Cooper, Oakville, ON, *39-36-75 +3
27. Robert Gibson, Toronto, ON, *38-37-75 +3
27. Justin Fluit, Toronto, ON, *38-37-75 +3
27. Matthew Oldershaw, Shanty Bay, ON, *35-40-75 +3
27. Tony MacKinnon, Fredericton, NB, *37-38-75 +3
27. Michael Farrugia, Peterborough, ON, *36-39-75 +3
27. Dean Henry, Wasaga Beach, ON, *38-37-75 +3
27. Kris Carley, Carnduff, SK, *37-38-75 +3
37. Allan Stanley, Windsor, ON, *38-38-76 +4
37. Jordan Belton, Surrey, BC, *38-38-76 +4
37. Justin McDonald, Winnipeg, MB, *39-37-76 +4
37. Joe Dotto, Airdrie, AB, *39-37-76 +4
37. Bryan Toth, Victoria, BC, *36-40-76 +4
37. Charles Fitzsimmons, London, ON, *35-41-76 +4
37. Timothy Birnie, Canmore, AB, *38-38-76 +4
37. David Greenaway, Barrie, ON, *37-39-76 +4
37. Rob Ferguson, Edmonton, AB, *37-39-76 +4
37. Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, *39-37-76 +4
37. Chuck Conley, Goose Bay, NL, *41-35-76 +4
37. Ryan McInerney, London, ON, *37-39-76 +4
37. Tyler Wright, Regina, SK, *39-37-76 +4
50. Brett Wilkinson, Dundas, ON, *38-39-77 +5
50. Cody Adolph, Stony Plain, AB, *40-37-77 +5
50. Kyle Fraser, Alberton, PE, *38-39-77 +5
50. Bobby Wiebe, Headingley, MB, *40-37-77 +5
50. Stephen Wright, Toronto, ON, *39-38-77 +5
50. Mike Kray, Oakville, ON, *40-37-77 +5
50. Jonathan Dunlap, Toronto, ON, *42-35-77 +5
50. Derek Dalziel, Oakville, ON, *39-38-77 +5
50. Ryan Verrette, Milton, ON, *39-38-77 +5
50. Ben Snaidero, Burlington, ON, *39-38-77 +5
50. Bryan Grice, Port Coquitlam, BC, *38-39-77 +5
50. Rob Knights, Ottawa, ON, *39-38-77 +5
50. Grant Oh, Calgary, AB, *38-39-77 +5
50. Cameron Laker, Vancouver, BC, *41-36-77 +5
50. Rob Cowan, Waterloo, ON, *41-36-77 +5
50. Brett Taylor, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, *42-35-77 +5
50. Martin O’Brien, O’Leary, PE, *38-39-77 +5
50. Luc Guilbault, Drummondville, QC, *38-39-77 +5
50. Glenn Robinson, Middle Sackville, NS, *42-35-77 +5
69. Terry Filewich, Spruce Grove, AB, *37-41-78 +6
69. Craig Larson, Tacoma, WA, *41-37-78 +6
69. Colin Coben, Delisle, SK, *39-39-78 +6
69. Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, *39-39-78 +6
69. Aaron Nickerson, Clark’s Harbour, NS, *36-42-78 +6
74. Peter Willis, Aurora, ON, *40-39-79 +7
74. James Faraday, Calgary, AB, *38-41-79 +7
74. John Harrington, Ajax, ON, *38-41-79 +7
74. Drew Dempster, Ancaster, ON, *40-39-79 +7
74. Jean-Henri Lavoie, Brampton, ON, *38-41-79 +7
74. Tim Southcott, Milton, ON, *39-40-79 +7
74. Robert Barger, Oakville, ON, *38-41-79 +7
74. Tim Hasenack, Barrie, ON, *39-40-79 +7
74. Yi Bae, Belleuve, WA, *40-39-79 +7
74. Raymond Oh, Richmond Hill, ON, *39-40-79 +7
74. Greg Hotham, Barrie, ON, *38-41-79 +7
74. Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, *39-40-79 +7
74. Dave Mills, Midhurst, ON, *37-42-79 +7
74. Joey Chua, Acton, ON, *38-41-79 +7
88. Paul Gortnar, Mississauga, ON, *39-41-80 +8
88. Robin Petras, Newmarket, ON, *39-41-80 +8
88. Paul Cummings, Guelph, ON, *38-42-80 +8
88. Spencer Harris, Winnipeg, MB, *39-41-80 +8
88. Jean-Marc Plante, Saint-Bruno, QC, *40-40-80 +8
88. James Paterson, Ottawa, ON, *40-40-80 +8
88. Neil Boddington, Shanty Bay, ON, *41-39-80 +8
88. Brad Phelps, Saskatoon, SK, *38-42-80 +8
88. Ryan Chin, New York, NY, *40-40-80 +8
88. Sandy Harper, Nanaimo, BC, *37-43-80 +8
88. Jason Campbell, Summerside, PE, *40-40-80 +8
88. Harry Aime, St. Albert, AB, *39-41-80 +8
100. Aaron Robinson, Saskatoon, SK, *41-40-81 +9
100. Gerry Greenwood, Brooklin, ON, *41-40-81 +9
100. Chad Facey, Hamiota, MB, *40-41-81 +9
100. James Gregg, Kitchener, ON, *36-45-81 +9
100. Paul Lang, Waterdown, ON, *40-41-81 +9
100. Rick Robinson, Orangeville, ON, *41-40-81 +9
100. Mike Tibbs, Winnipeg, MB, *40-41-81 +9
100. Karl Parrington, Dewinton, AB, *38-43-81 +9
100. Dan Kavanagh, Scarborough, ON, *39-42-81 +9
100. Jeff Crowe, London, ON, *40-41-81 +9
100. Tim Acaster, North Battleford, SK, *44-37-81 +9
111. Ernest Vettese, Barrie, ON, *43-39-82 +10
111. Jud Whiteside, Woodbridge, ON, *43-39-82 +10
111. Chad Hoffman, Glace Bay, NS, *40-42-82 +10
111. Michel Labelle, Kirkland, QC, *39-43-82 +10
111. Keith Joel, Toronto, ON, *41-41-82 +10
111. Jeff Scobie, Regina, SK, *43-39-82 +10
111. Michael Schaffer, Kitchener, ON, *43-39-82 +10
111. Tony Gagnon, Saskatoon, SK, *41-41-82 +10
111. Christopher Fry, Limehouse, ON, *41-41-82 +10
111. Cameron Lowdon, Stonewall, MB, *39-43-82 +10
121. Guillaume Bélanger, L’islet-sur-mer, QC, *41-42-83 +11
121. Jeff Wright, Mission, BC, *39-44-83 +11
121. Kerry Short, Vineland, ON, *43-40-83 +11
121. Arjun Walia, Maple, ON, *40-43-83 +11
121. Mike Woodhouse, Lindsay, ON, *43-40-83 +11
121. Christian McCullough, Richmond Hill, ON, *40-43-83 +11
121. Greg Wilson, Vaudreuil, QC, *39-44-83 +11
121. Scott Markham, Winnipeg, MB, *40-43-83 +11
129. Jason Iles, West Vancouver, BC, *40-44-84 +12
129. Martin Ring, Prince Albert, SK, *42-42-84 +12
129. Donald Dasti, Whitby, ON, *41-43-84 +12
129. Greg Colling, New Tecumseth, ON, *41-43-84 +12
129. Jeff Murdoch, Stony Plain, AB, *42-42-84 +12
129. Graham Card, Aurora, ON, *40-44-84 +12
129. Matthew Hackett, Burin Bay Arm, NL, *42-42-84 +12
129. Shawn Farrell, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, *42-42-84 +12
137. James Decker, Vancouver, BC, *43-42-85 +13
137. Rich Pal, Calgary, AB, *41-44-85 +13
137. Mike Bondy, Morriston, ON, *42-43-85 +13
137. David Dunville, Whitecourt, AB, *42-43-85 +13
137. Ryan Galbraith, Kirkland, QC, *45-40-85 +13
142. Steven Gamester, Websters Corner, PE, *44-42-86 +14
142. Chris Gillard, Port Moody, BC, *44-42-86 +14
144. Kevin Campbell, Edmonton, AB, *44-43-87 +15
144. Cameron Duncan, Calgary, AB, *42-45-87 +15
144. Scott Hepburn, St. Thomas, ON, *40-47-87 +15
144. Jamie Robertson, Toronto, ON, *43-44-87 +15
148. Stu Clements, Gibson, BC, *45-43-88 +16
148. Michael Larocque, Calgary, AB, *44-44-88 +16
148. Robert Oliphant, Winnipeg, MB, *48-40-88 +16
151. David Brisson, Paris, ON, *41-48-89 +17
151. Rj Dundas, Camrose, AB, *47-42-89 +17
151. Marc Ffrench, Ottawa, ON, *46-43-89 +17
154. Andrew Kirkwood, Delta, BC, *44-47-91 +19
154. Mahboob Nawaz, Witless Bay, NL, *47-44-91 +19
154. Gordon Rundell, Okotoks, AB, *48-43-91 +19

DID NOT FINISH

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. Greg Jones, Berry Mills, NB, *35-36-71 -1
2. Dennis Kavelman, Toronto, ON, *37-36-73 +1
2. Kevin Temple, Calgary, AB, *38-35-73 +1
2. Paul Coulson, Biblehill, NS, *38-35-73 +1
5. Drew Symons, Woodstock, ON, *37-37-74 +2
5. Garth Collings, Matlock, MB, *38-36-74 +2
5. Hugues Legault, Saint-Lazare, QC, *38-36-74 +2
5. Dwight Reinhart, Renfrew, ON, *37-37-74 +2
5. Darren Shaw, Stoney Creek, ON, *36-38-74 +2
10. Gary Young, Mississauga, ON, *37-38-75 +3
10. Larry Cooper, Oakville, ON, *39-36-75 +3
10. Robert Gibson, Toronto, ON, *38-37-75 +3
10. Tony MacKinnon, Fredericton, NB, *37-38-75 +3
14. Allan Stanley, Windsor, ON, *38-38-76 +4
14. Joe Dotto, Airdrie, AB, *39-37-76 +4
14. Bryan Toth, Victoria, BC, *36-40-76 +4
14. Timothy Birnie, Canmore, AB, *38-38-76 +4
14. David Greenaway, Barrie, ON, *37-39-76 +4
14. Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, *39-37-76 +4
14. Chuck Conley, Goose Bay, NL, *41-35-76 +4
21. Brett Wilkinson, Dundas, ON, *38-39-77 +5
21. Mike Kray, Oakville, ON, *40-37-77 +5
21. Rob Knights, Ottawa, ON, *39-38-77 +5
21. Grant Oh, Calgary, AB, *38-39-77 +5
21. Rob Cowan, Waterloo, ON, *41-36-77 +5
21. Brett Taylor, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, *42-35-77 +5
21. Luc Guilbault, Drummondville, QC, *38-39-77 +5
21. Glenn Robinson, Middle Sackville, NS, *42-35-77 +5
29. Terry Filewich, Spruce Grove, AB, *37-41-78 +6
29. Craig Larson, Tacoma, WA, *41-37-78 +6
29. Colin Coben, Delisle, SK, *39-39-78 +6
29. Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, *39-39-78 +6
29. Aaron Nickerson, Clark’s Harbour, NS, *36-42-78 +6
34. James Faraday, Calgary, AB, *38-41-79 +7
34. Drew Dempster, Ancaster, ON, *40-39-79 +7
34. Jean-Henri Lavoie, Brampton, ON, *38-41-79 +7
34. Tim Southcott, Milton, ON, *39-40-79 +7
34. Tim Hasenack, Barrie, ON, *39-40-79 +7
34. Yi Bae, Belleuve, WA, *40-39-79 +7
34. Raymond Oh, Richmond Hill, ON, *39-40-79 +7
34. Greg Hotham, Barrie, ON, *38-41-79 +7
34. Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, *39-40-79 +7
34. Dave Mills, Midhurst, ON, *37-42-79 +7
44. Jean-Marc Plante, Saint-Bruno, QC, *40-40-80 +8
44. James Paterson, Ottawa, ON, *40-40-80 +8
44. Neil Boddington, Shanty Bay, ON, *41-39-80 +8
44. Brad Phelps, Saskatoon, SK, *38-42-80 +8
44. Sandy Harper, Nanaimo, BC, *37-43-80 +8
44. Harry Aime, St. Albert, AB, *39-41-80 +8
50. Gerry Greenwood, Brooklin, ON, *41-40-81 +9
50. James Gregg, Kitchener, ON, *36-45-81 +9
50. Rick Robinson, Orangeville, ON, *41-40-81 +9
50. Karl Parrington, Dewinton, AB, *38-43-81 +9
54. Ernest Vettese, Barrie, ON, *43-39-82 +10
54. Michel Labelle, Kirkland, QC, *39-43-82 +10
54. Jeff Scobie, Regina, SK, *43-39-82 +10
54. Michael Schaffer, Kitchener, ON, *43-39-82 +10
54. Tony Gagnon, Saskatoon, SK, *41-41-82 +10
54. Cameron Lowdon, Stonewall, MB, *39-43-82 +10
60. Kerry Short, Vineland, ON, *43-40-83 +11
60. Greg Wilson, Vaudreuil, QC, *39-44-83 +11
62. Jason Iles, West Vancouver, BC, *40-44-84 +12
62. Martin Ring, Prince Albert, SK, *42-42-84 +12
62. Jeff Murdoch, Stony Plain, AB, *42-42-84 +12
62. Graham Card, Aurora, ON, *40-44-84 +12
62. Shawn Farrell, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, *42-42-84 +12
67. James Decker, Vancouver, BC, *43-42-85 +13
67. Rich Pal, Calgary, AB, *41-44-85 +13
67. Mike Bondy, Morriston, ON, *42-43-85 +13
67. David Dunville, Whitecourt, AB, *42-43-85 +13
71. Kevin Campbell, Edmonton, AB, *44-43-87 +15
71. Cameron Duncan, Calgary, AB, *42-45-87 +15
71. Scott Hepburn, St. Thomas, ON, *40-47-87 +15
71. Jamie Robertson, Toronto, ON, *43-44-87 +15
75. Stu Clements, Gibson, BC, *45-43-88 +16
75. Michael Larocque, Calgary, AB, *44-44-88 +16
75. Robert Oliphant, Winnipeg, MB, *48-40-88 +16
78. Rj Dundas, Camrose, AB, *47-42-89 +17
78. Marc Ffrench, Ottawa, ON, *46-43-89 +17
80. Mahboob Nawaz, Witless Bay, NL, *47-44-91 +19
80. Gordon Rundell, Okotoks, AB, *48-43-91 +19

DID NOT FINISH

WD. David Foster, Charleston, SC, *
WD. Ryan Mulhern, Vancouver, BC, *

Inter-Provincial Team Results
1. British Colubia – Kevin Carrigan, Victoria, BC, Patrick Weeks, Vancouver, BC, Sandy Harper, Nanaimo, BC, *72-72-144 E
2. Alberta – Harry Aime, St. Albert, AB, Kevin Temple, Calgary, AB, Sean Samoluk, Calgary, AB, *71-75-146 +2
3. New Brunswick – Tony MacKinnon, Fredericton, NB, Alex Palmer, Fredericton, NB, Brett Taylor, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, *72-75-147 +3
4. Nova Scotia – Aaron Nickerson, Clark’s Harbour, NS, Paul Coulson, Biblehill, NS, Glenn Robinson, Middle Sackville, NS, *80-70-150 +6
4. Ontario – Dave Bunker, Woodbridge, ON, Dean Henry, Wasaga Beach, ON, Michael Farrugia, Peterborough, ON, *74-76-150 +6
6. Saskatchewan – Tyler Wright, Regina, SK, Kris Carley, Carnduff, SK, Tim Acaster, North Battleford, SK, *76-75-151 +7
7. Newfoundland and Labrador – Matthew Hackett, Burin Bay Arm, NL, Chuck Conley, Goose Bay, NL, Gary Dunville, Kippens, NL, *80-72-152 +8
8. Prince Edward Island – Jason Campbell, Summerside, PE, Martin O’Brien, O’Leary, PE, Tim Yorke, Kensington, PE, *77-79-156 +12
9. Quebec – Ryan Galbraith, Kirkland, QC, Shawn Farrell, St-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Luc Guilbault, Drummondville, QC, *80-81-161 +17
10. Manitoba – Cameron Lowdon, Stonewall, MB, Scott Markham, Winnipeg, MB, Robert Oliphant, Winnipeg, MB, *79-86-165 +21

Source: Golf Canada

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