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Golf Canada – Hill defeats Smith in Sudden Death Playoff

ACTON Ont. –  Matt Hill of Brights Grove, Ont., defeated  Jesse Smith of Oshweken, Ont., in a playoff at Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ont., to top the second of three Regional Qualifying events and secure his spot in the 2017 RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., July 24-30.

“I know I can play well in a tour event and draw on some of the past experiences I’ve had,” said Hill. “I know how to handle myself in certain situations due to certain things I’ve done in the past and I think that will benefit me this year at the RBC Canadian Open.”

Hill, who won the NCAA Division I Championship in 2009 while at North Carolina State, went out in a 1-under par, 35 on the front nine. 

He then caught fire on the back nine, recording four birdies and no bogeys, to card a 5-under par 67.

“I had a few good chances on the front nine and only shot 1-under and I kind of stuck with the positive attitude and told myself that since I missed a few I was going to start making some, so I made a few on the back nine,” said Hill.

Smith equaled Hill’s round of 67 by recording six birdies, three bogeys and an eagle on the par-5 12th hole.

Hill and Smith both teed off early in the day, Hill at 9:09 a.m. and Smith at 9:20 a.m. The playoff didn’t wrap up until around 8:30 p.m., so both players had to deal with a lengthy break between finishing their round and starting the playoff. 

“After I just kind of relaxed for a couple hours, I went out a few hours before the playoff, and just got in a full pre-round warm-up,” said Hill. “I stretched, putted, chipped and hit a few, just to make sure all the parts of my game were ready to go.”

For the playoff, Hill and Smith replayed the par-4 18th hole. Smith bogeyed the first playoff hole, while Hill converted a two-putt par from 15 feet, to clinch victory.

143 golfers competed in the tournament vying for a spot in the final RBC Canadian Open Qualifier, on July 24th at Heron Point Golf Links in Ancaster, Ont. 

In addition to Hill advancing directly to the RBC Canadian Open, 21 golfers advanced to the Final Qualifying event. 

Peter Campbell, a resident of Windemere, Fl., and  a member of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, came in solo third, carding a 4-under par 68.  

The highest-ranking amateur was Joshua Montgomery, who fired a 1-under par, 71, finishing T6 with two other golfers, and advancing to the final qualifier at Heron Point, in his hometown of Ancaster.

Brantford Ontario’s Stephane Dubois, was part of a group of six who finished T9, at even par, his second strong qualifying performance in recent weeks, after winning medallist honours at Golf Canada’s U.S Open Local Qualifier at Beacon Hall Golf Club, in Aurora, Ont., on May 8th.

In total, there are three regional qualifying events, each consisting of 18 holes of stroke play. Provided there are 100 or more players in the field, as was the case at Blue Springs, the low qualifier receives an exemption directly into the 2017 RBC Canadian Open. 

Otherwise, the top 15 percent of finishers at each qualifier become eligible to compete at the final qualifying event.

The first RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier at Bear Mountain Resort, in Victoria, B.C., on May 9th, saw Keith Martin and Derek Barron win medallist honours, securing their spot, along with four other golfers, in the Final Qualifying event.

The third RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier, will take place June 5th at Club de Golf de la Vallee du Richelieu on the Rouville Course in Saint-Julie, Que. 

Additional information, and full results from Monday’s RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier at Blue Springs can be found here.


 2    Jesse Smith               Ohsweken, ON          34-33--67 -5   
 3    Peter Campbell            Windermere, FL        34-34--68 -4   
 T4   Dan Bowling               Brights Grove, ON     38-32--70 -2   
 T4   J.J. Regan                Burlington, ON        36-34--70 -2   
 T6   Joshua Montgomery (a)     Ancaster, ON          36-35--71 -1   
 T6   Russell Budd              Toronto, ON           35-36--71 -1   
 T6   Drew Nesbitt              Shanty Bay, ON        35-36--71 -1   
 T9   Andrew Ledger             Toronto, ON           35-37--72 E    
 T9   Nyasha Mauchaza           Port Saint Lucie, FL  34-38--72 E    
 T9   Adrian Cord (a)           Toronto, ON           38-34--72 E    
 T9   Stephane Dubois           Brantford, ON         37-35--72 E    
 T9   Eddie Maunder             Oakville, ON          38-34--72 E    
 T9   Nic Mazze (a)             Caledon East, ON      36-36--72 E    
 T15  James Skrypec             Kitchener, ON         35-38--73 +1   
 T15  Victor Ciesielski         Cambridge, ON         38-35--73 +1   
 T15  Sebastian Szirmak         Toronto, ON           37-36--73 +1   
 T15  Chase Komaromi (a)        London, ON            35-38--73 +1   
 T15  Elliott Whitley           Hamilton, ON          37-36--73 +1   
 T15  Brad Kerfoot              Toronto, ON           37-36--73 +1   
 T15  Philip Arci (a)           Vaughan, ON           35-38--73 +1   
 T15  Mike Currie (a)           Milton, ON            34-39--73 +1   

Full results

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Part of the FedExCup, stars of the PGA TOUR will compete for $6 million (US) at the RBC Canadian Open, July 24-30, 2017 at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. Conducted by Golf Canada for more than a century, the RBC Canadian Open provides an opportunity for Canada’s top talents to compete against the world’s best golfers while also leaving a significant impact in the event’s host community. The RBC Canadian Open is proud to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada as the event’s official charity partner. Established in 1904, Canada’s national open golf championship is the third-oldest national open golf championship worldwide next to the British Open and the U.S. Open. The RBC Canadian Open is proudly sponsored by RBC, Shaw, BMW Group Canada, Coors Light, ZTE, WestJet, Levelwear, Boston Pizza, Ballantine’s, Toronto Star, Coca-Cola, Metrolinx, Commissionaires and the Government of Canada. For tickets or tournament information, please visit www.rbccanadianopen.com or call 1-800-571-6736. Follow the RBC Canadian Open on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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