Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., successfully defended his Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur title at the 2015 edition of the national championship at Abercrombie Country Club in New Glasgow, N.S.,
Rank led wire to wire and completed his title defence with a final round of one-under 69 to finish three under for the tournament.
“This means a lot to me. I worked really hard on my game this summer,” said Rank. “To win another national championship feels really good. I played solid again today and gave myself a lot of chances. I was just really steady.”
Rank opened with an even par 36 over the front nine and totaled four birdies on the day. With the victory, Rank has captured his second consecutive President’s Cup as Canadian Mid-Amateur champion, following a 2014 playoff victory.
He joins a list of five past champions who have claimed more than one title at this event. “This championship allows you to meet the different guys and hear their stories,” said Rank.
“Playing with Dave (Bunker) again was nice. There are guys here like Graham Cooke,who has won this tournament seven times. It’s great to play against those guys and then also learn what they do and where they come from,” he added.
With the win, Rank has once again earned a spot in the field for the 2016 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont.
Finishing second was Bunker. With his four-day total of four-over 284, Bunker captured the over-40 Mid-Master division of the championship. This is the seventh Mid-Master title for the 50-year-old.
“I feel great about that. It means that I’m playing well because there are so many really good players over 40,” he said.
“To be able to finish second overall is really good. Garrett is a great person, first of all. He’s also a really good player. This is really good for him. He deserves everything he’s getting with the chance to play in the RBC Canadian Open again,” said Bunker.
The final leaderboard is here.