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Hugo Bernard added to his impressive season, coming from behind to claim the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The result saw the Team Canada National Amateur Squad member climb 104 spots in the world amateur rankings, moving up to No. 4 in Canada. He becomes the first Canadian to win the National Men’s Amateur title since Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Mackenzie Hughes won back-to-back championships in 2011-12. He is the first Quebec native to win the competition since Craig Matthew of Montréal accomplished the feat in 1998. Bernard previously claimed medallist honours at the 2016 NCAA Division II Championship before capturing this year’s Alexander of Tunis event. The win earned the Mont-St-Hilaire, Que., native an exemption into the 2017 RBC Canadian Open and the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship.
Chris Crisologo made the biggest gain among the Top-10, climbing 115 spots up to No. 7 in Canada after finishing fourth at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. Team Canada’s Stuart Macdonald moved back into the Top-10 with a 65-place gain in the world amateur rankings after taking third.
Blair Bursey just missed moving into the Top-10, climbing 68 spots up to No. 11, following his tie for fifth at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The native of Gander, N.L., held the lead for three consecutive days in a bid to become the first player from his home province to win the amateur title. Despite coming up short in the individual standings, Bursey led Team Newfoundland and Labrador to its first Willingdon Cup in the 89-year history of the team competition played concurrently over the course of the championship’s two opening rounds. The historic win was the Atlantic province’s first team title at any amateur level on either the men’s or women’s sides.
Some shuffling outside the Top-10 as Andrew Harrison and Étienne Papineau found their ways back into the Top-20, climbing 49 and 62 spots respectively, while Charles Corner made his Top-20 debut, gaining 106 spots to sit at No. 19.
Biggest move: Marco Trstenjak rose 1,346 spots after finishing in a tie for 28th at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The Winnipeg golfer recently notched a runner-up result at the Manitoba Optimist Junior Open and a third-place finish at the CN Future Links Prairie Championship. He also claimed medallist honours at last month’s World Stars of Junior Golf event.
MEN’S AMATEUR TOP-10
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No significant changes in the women’s amateur Top-10 this week.
Chloe Currie made one of the biggest gains outside the Top-10, climbing 20 places after coming from behind to win the Ontario Summer Games. With the win, Currie has now captured provincial championships at the Bantam (Under-15), Juvenile (Under-17) and Junior (Under-19) levels. The Team Canada Development Squad member came into the event after finishing runner-up at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship the previous week.
Biggest Move: Holly Horwood gained 237 spots in the world amateur rankings after finishing runner-up at the Alberta Senior Ladies Championship.
WOMEN’S AMATEUR TOP-10
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Mackenzie Hughes made one of the biggest gains of the week, picking up 516 spots in the world rankings after winning the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship. It was the second career professional win for the Dundas, Ont., golfer, earning him 14 world ranking points. More importantly, the result moved him into a position to secure his PGA Tour card for 2017. The victory also moved Hughes into the Top-10 in the Canadian rankings from No. 17 to No. 6.
No. 3 Adam Hadwin finished T8 at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. The result was worth 3.24 world ranking points and marked his fourth points-paying finish in his last six tournaments. Hadwin climbed 14 spots in the rankings – the second-best move of the week among the Top-10.
Away from the grind of the professional tours, both Graham DeLaet and David Hearn were busy representing Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The return of golf to the Olympics meant Canada was defending its gold medal from 112 years ago. DeLaet had the honour of being among the first to tee off and led through the first few rounds. He finished 20th, gaining 3.22 world ranking points.
Hearn closed with a round of 66 earning him in a tie for 30th. The finish was worth 1.93 world ranking points for the Canadian No. 1 – his third points-paying result in his last four tournaments.
Other notable results: No. 5 Nick Taylor missed the cut at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. No. 10 Albin Choi finished tied for 22nd at the Web.com Tour’s Price Cutter Charity Championship, while No. 9 Adam Svensson missed the cut.
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Brittany Marchand made the biggest gain of the week, picking up 66 spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 8th at the Symetra Tour’s Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Illinois. The Golf Canada National Squad alumna started the final round in a tie for 34th, before shooting a bogey-free 67 to earn her second Top-10 result of the year on the development tour. The result moved her past veteran Lorie Kane into the No. 11 spot in the Canadian rankings. It was Marchand’s fifth Top-20 result in 16 events this year.
Jessica Wallace picked up three places in the world rankings after finishing tied for 16th at the same event for her second straight Top-20 result and her sixth of the season.
Both Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp are competing for Canada this week at the Olympics. Henderson, the No. 3-ranked player in the world, is considered a favourite to win the gold medal.
Other Notable Results: No. 9 Sara-Maude Juneau finished T53 at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic, while No. 4 Samantha Richdale, No. 5 Augusta James and No. 6 Sue Kim missed the cut.
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