Last Updated on Sunday, 24 May 2009 12:19 Sunday, 24 May 2009 10:54
Oakville, Ont. (RCGA) – Team Canada member and North Carolina State (NC State) sophomore Matt Hill continued his winning ways, earning medalist honors at the 2009 NCAA Regional Championships, and advancing to the 2009 NCAA Championships.
Hill, a Bright’s Grove, Ont. native, finished the NCAA’s DI Men's Central Regional at 4-under par (70-71-71—212) to edge out fellow Team Canada member Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. for medalist honours.
The win gives Hill an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) record seventh tournament of the school year and the sixth in the last seven tournaments overall.
NC State as a team fell short in its bid for the NCAA Championships after finishing in a tie for sixth place at 21-over (296) and four-strokes out of fifth place, as only the top five teams from the regional advanced.
Taylor, a University of Washington junior, carded his second straight runner-up finish at an NCAA regional, leading his team to a second place finish at the Regionals.
Taylor shot an impressive 67-70-76—213 to finish 3-under par after three rounds. The 21-year old took a three-stroke lead to the par-3 13th, but fell behind Hill after making a quadruple-bogey seven.
In the Central Regionals UCLA took top honors (-1), followed by Washington (+6), Georgia Tech (+16), Ohio State (+16), and Duke (+17).
According to GolfStat, Hill is now the No. 1 ranked collegiate player in the U.S., while Taylor is ranked 10th.
Eugene Wong and his University of Oregon teammates also qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing second at the NCAA’s West Regionals. Wong, a North Vancouver, B.C. native who is also a member of Team Canada, finished 5th after finishing at 72-71-65—208.
The NCAA Championships will be held May 27-30 in Toledo, Ohio.
In addition to Hill, Taylor and Wong, the following three Canadians will also compete at NCAA DI Championships:
T5. Brady Johnson, Brigham Young University 67-72-69—208
34. Darren Wallace, University of Washington 72-73-80—225
T30. Matt Hoffman, University of Illinois 78-77-72—227
For full results for NCAA Regional Qualifying visit: http://golfstat.com/index.htm
For full GolfStat standings, visit: http://golfstat.com/2008-2009/men/mgscup/mgscup.htm
Other Team Canada results and news:
HILL A MEDALIST AT U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP LOCAL QUALIFYING
Bright’s Grove, Ont. native Matt Hill shot a 2-under par 70 to win medalist honours at U.S. Open Local Qualifying held Monday, May 18, at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Hill, a 20-year old member of Team Canada, now joins his national team teammate, Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. at U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
Taylor bypassed local qualifying this year as he won one of last year’s sectional qualifiers, giving him a berth into the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.
Both will tee-it-up at 2009 U.S. Sectional Open qualifying which takes place Monday, June 8.
Visit www.usga.org for a full list of Canadians competing, as well as tee-times and results.
MITCH SUTTON AND DALEY BYLES WIN 2009 ONTARIO MEN’S BETTER BALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Defending Canadian Junior Boy’s Champion Mitch Sutton of London, Ont. and partner Daley Byles of Barrie, Ont. captured the 2009 Ontario Men’s Better Ball Championship May 14 in a one-hole playoff victory at Oakdale Golf and Country Club in Downsview, Ont.
The duo contested with a mixed bag of weather which included heavy rain and wind gusts up to 60 kilometers and hour to finish atop the leaderboard alongside Matthew Chubb and Greg Knudsen, both of Toronto. Both teams closed out their round with matching one under par 70’s, forcing a playoff.
The extra hole saw Sutton, 17, and Byles, 18, on the green in two strokes, as Knudsen and Chubb struggled with shots that landed in the sand and woods surrounding the green.
Sutton, who represents West Haven Golf and Country Club and Byles, of Barrie Country Club, closed out the par-four first hole with a birdie putt to clinch the title.
For full results visit: http://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao9/event/gao979/contest/1/leaderboard.htm
KIM, CHOI AND JUNG FINISH 1st, 2nd, & T3rd AT GAO'S INVESTORS GROUP JUNIOR SPRING CLASSIC
Daniel Kim of Toronto fired a three day total 179 (71-71-37—179) to hold onto his second round lead and capture the Golf Association of Ontario's Investors Group Junior Spring Classic at Wooden Sticks Golf Club.
Day three of the tournament began with a 75 minute frost delay that forced third round play to be scaled back to nine holes. Kim, looking to secure the title after finishing second last year, started the round with a commanding five-stroke lead over the field.
Although he didn’t manage to card a single birdie through nine, it was enough to hold off second place finisher Albin Choi (73-74-34) of Toronto who delivered the best round of the day at two under.
2008 champion Richard Jung of North York carded three birdies to share third place with Oakville, Ont.’s Brian Churchill-Smith. Jung also picked up the gold medal in the Juvenile Boys’ (age 16 and under) division for the second straight year with his three day total of 183.
Defending Ontario and Canadian Junior Boys Champion Mitch Sutton of London slipped to 10th place overall.
Kim, Choi, Jung and Sutton are all members of the RCGA’s National Development Team.
For full results, please visit http://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao9/event/gao980/contest/52/leaderboard.htm
LINDSAY RENOLDS NARROWLY MISSES CUT AT ENGLISH MEN’S OPEN AMATEUR STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Lindsay Renolds, a National Amateur team member and Christina Lake, B.C. native, narrowly missed the cut at the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship after shooting 75-75—150 (+4) at the Moortown Golf Club in Yorkshire, England.
The weather plagued event was eventually reduced to 54 holes due to torrential rains.
For full results for the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship visit: http://www1.englishgolfunion.org.uk
LEBLANC, SHERLOCK AND VANDERMADE TEE-OFF AT 2009 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Team Canada members Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Stephanie Sherlock and Nicole Vandermade teed-it-up Tuesday at the 2009 NCAA Women’s DI Championships.C
Sherlock was the top individual Canadian with a T11th and led her University Of Denver Women's Team to a fifth place finish.
The event was hosted by Georgetown University and was held May 19-22, at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owing Mills, Maryland.
The National team members qualified for the NCAA Championship after their respective University teams finished in the top-8 spot at the Central, Western and Eastern Regional championships.
Also competing was Langley, B.C. native Jessica Wallace of Pepperdine University. All participants were to compete throughout the entire 72 holes of championship competition.
Full field and Results from the NCAA DI Women’s Championship are available online at: