Team Ontario combined for a team-total 433 yesterday at The Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau to win the R. Bruce Forbes inter-provincial team title at the 24th playing of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Team Ontario, consisting of Mark Brewer of Pickering, Dave Bunker of Woodbridge, Rob Cowan of Waterloo and Peter McCarthy of Toronto combined for a two-round team-total 433 (213-220—433, +7) to capture the province’s eighth team title.
“It feels good to bring the trophy back to Ontario,” said Team Captain Dave Bunker. “We have great chemistry on the team this year.”
Team Alberta entered the second round sitting in fourth place, but pulled into second with a strong finish today. Consisting of Scott Desmarais of Calgary, Frank Mackenzie of Edmonton, Kevin Temple of Calgary and Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Team Alberta took second spot with a two-round total of 438 (221-217-438 +12).
Finishing in third was Team Manitoba comprised of Garth Collings of Matlock, Brian Katchnoski of Winnipeg, Mike Tibbs of Winnipeg and Chris Yaremkiewich of Gimli. The team’s two-round total was 440.
The Inter-provincial Team Championship for the R. Bruce Forbes Trophy features four-member teams competing in conjunction with the first two rounds of stroke play. Each day, the best three of four scores count towards the overall team total.
In the mid-amateur competition, carding two birdies today, Dave Bunker maintained his lead after shooting a 1-under par 70 for a two-round total of 137 (-5).
“It was pretty steady on the front nine, I birdied 1 and then just eight straight pars, so nothing spectacular,” said Bunker.
“I had lots of chances to make birdie but the ball didn’t go in like it did yesterday. I made a couple of nice up and downs to save the round, I’m happy with the 70, it’s another under par round so it’s good.”
Dale Goehring of Calgary, who was in third yesterday fired an even par 71 to place him in second place leading in to the third round tomorrow. Rounding out third place were David Arnold of Brooklin, Ont., and Howard Broun also from Calgary. Both finished with a two-round total of 141 (-1).
Bunker, Broun and Collings are also leading 1, 2, 3 in the Mid-Master division of the competition.
The third round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday with the last group teeing off at 11:40 a.m.
— Golf Canada