Last Updated on Sunday, 04 August 2013 16:40
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Maple Ridge’s Kevin Kwon had a stellar 2012 highlighted by a 2nd at the Canadian Jr. Boys’ Championship, a tie for 14th at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and a tie for 3rd at the B.C.Jr.’s. Last year, Kwon placed 3rd at the BC Amateur Championships.
In 2012,18- year-old Surrey native Adam Svensson won the Canadian Jr. Boys’ Championship and tied for 9th at the B.C. Am.
Other highlights included a second place finish at the Mexican Amateur Championship after a final round 65 and he also notched a third place finish at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.
Kevin Spooner, back from a break from competitive golf tied for 5th at this year’s BC Amateur. A member at Capilano GC, Spooner has posted a 14-under par 58 at the prestigious West Vancouver venue.
As the reigning 2012 Canadian Mid-Amateur champion, Kevin Carrigan earned an exemption to play in the 2013 RBC Canadian. A product of the University of Texas at Arlington, the 27-year-old also won the 2012 British Columbia Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
If there is one B.C. player coming into the tournament with momentum, it would have to be the 111th B.C. Amateur champion, Charlie Hughes.
The 21-year-old Langley resident and recent University of Washington Husky graduate capped off a memorable week with a thrilling playoff victory over Adam Svensson to take home the Bostock Cup at the Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere.
Hughes would birdie three consecutive holes starting with his 72nd to defeat Svensson.
Alberta will have a strong contingent at Colwood and according to Alberta Golf Association Executive Director Matt Rollins “... while Riley Fleming may be our ‘Top Guy’, there are a couple of juniors to watch as well....
Calgary’s Matt Williams tied for 10th at the 2012 Canadian Junior Boys’, made the national developmental team and then came 9th at the World Juniors just last week.
Jack Woods from Banff placed in the top 20 at the 2012 Canadian Am as a 16-year old and was top-10 in both our Boys’ and Men’s Amateurs this year.”
Of course, they will all be chasing Fleming who followed up on 2012 wins in both the Alberta and BC Ams with a victory at the 2013 Alberta Open and defense of his own provincial title.
National Team Members From Eastern Canada
As a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, Nova Scotia’s Eric Banks will make his first PGA Tour appearance at the 2013 RBC Canadian Open.
A product of the University of Florida, Banks recently finished in a tie for fifth at the B.C. Men’s Amateur Championship.
Currently Canada’s top- ranked amateur player at No. 47, Corey Conners a Listowel, Ontario native also made his PGA Tour debut at the 2013 RBC Canadian Open in July. A member of Team Canada, Conners was also a member of the 2013 Copa De Las Americas winning squad.
Garrett Rank finished 2nd at the 2012 U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship.
The 25-year- old Elmira, Ontario native also captured the 2012 Canadian University/College Championship individual title.
Currently the 103rd ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings the long hitting 22-year-old Taylor Pendrith finished tied for fifth at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
A member of Team Canada’s National Squad the Richmond Hill, Ontario native is also a standout at Kent State University.
California’s Bryson Dechambeau enters the Amateur Championship as the 32nd ranked amateur in
A product of the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, the 20- year-old recorded five top-five finishes in his freshman season.