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Langer Ready to Defend His Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Title

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:02 Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:57

Bernhard LangerCanadian Press

ENDICOTT, New York (John Kekis/AP) — Since it became a stop on the Champions Tour eight years ago, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open has not had a repeat champion. Bernhard Langer is ready to change that, even without daughter Christina helping call the shots.

“It’s possible. Anything is possible,” Langer said as he prepared to begin defense of his title on Friday, a day after his 58th birthday. “But it’s not that easy of a golf course. You’ve got to drive it extremely straight and hit some great shots to stay out of trouble.”

Langer rallied to the victory last August at En-Joie Golf Club, playing all 54 holes without a bogey and closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200.



Vilips and Costabile Claim Titles at 2015 AJGA/CJGA Junior Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:47 Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:42

Selena Costabile and Karl VilipsBARRIE, Ontario (CJGA) — Karl Vilips of Foxfire, North Carolina, won his second AJGA tournament of the season after finishing with a 1-over-par 214 tournament total at the AJGA / CJGA Junior Championship. In the Girls Division, Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ontario, fired the low final-round score of even-par 71 to win by three strokes at 9-over-par 222.

Vilips birdied his final two holes to play the back nine at 3-under-par 32, and fired the low final-round score in the Boys Division at 3-under-par 68. The 14-year-old is currently ranked No. 90 in the Polo Golf Rankings, adding to his previous victory at the AJGA Junior at Forest Lake presented by Tom Holzer Ford.



Team Ontario Wins Inter-Provincial Championship at 2015 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:38 Thursday, 27 August 2015 19:33

altCAMLACHIE, Ontario (Jason St. Jacques/Golf Canada) — Team Ontario emerged as provincial senior team champions as Joey Bush claimed the Super Senior division following second-round play at the 2015 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship at Sawmill Creek Golf Resort and Spa in Camlachie, Ont.

The team of Gail Pimm (Uxbridge, Ont.), Mary Ann Hayward (Aurora, Ont.), and Debbie Court (Mississauga, Ont.) finished at 11-over 295.

The winning team was led by a second-round even-par performance from Golf Hall of Fame member Mary Ann Hayward while Pimm and Court both shot 7-over 78 in the second round of the championship.

“We always have good battles with B.C., so it’s nice to have Alberta in the mix. Ontario hasn’t won too many of the team titles this year, so it’s good,” said Hayward.



Team Ontario Claims R. Bruce Forbes Trophy as Provincial Team Champions at Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:30 Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:24

Team OntarioNEW GLASGOW, Nova Scotia (Herb Fung/Golf Canada) — Team Ontario captured the R. Bruce Forbes Trophy as provincial team champions at the 2015 edition of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. The three-man unit combined for a total of 5-over 285 at Abercrombie Country Club in New Glasgow, N.S.

“When you make the team, the goal is to come here and win,” said team member Garrett Rank. “It’s really nice for me and the guys to bring it back home to Ontario.”

Rank, the competition’s defending champion, reflected on his time together with teammates Kevin Fawcett of Toronto and Josh Hunke from New Hamburg, Ont., as a building block to their victory. “I played with them in the final round at the (Golf Association of Ontario’s Investors Group Men’s) Mid-Amateur so I knew them pretty well. I grew up with Josh’s brother, so I knew his family a little bit better, too. (Kevin and Josh) are nice guys and good players.”



PGA Professional Championship Has a New Name

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:00 Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:54

PGA Professional ChampionshipPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (PGA of America) — Begun in 1968 as an event to showcase the playing talents of grassroots PGA of America members, the PGA Professional Championship has evolved into the largest all-Professional competition in golf.

Formerly the PGA Professional National Championship, the 312-player field assembling next June at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, will compete in the newly-titled 49th PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Mercedes-Benz and OMEGA.



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