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Golf Canada – Nineteen-year-old comes from behind to punch RBC Canadian Open ticket

 

Eighteen golfers earn spots in final qualifying

ÎLE-BIZARD, Qué. – Matthew Anderson of Mississauga, Ont. showed composure beyond his years on a chilly day Monday, at Elm Ridge Country Club, just west of Montréal. The 19-year-old amateur earned low qualifier honours in dramatic fashion at the final regional qualifier for the 2019 RBC Canadian Open.

Since there were more than 100 players at the event, Anderson, by topping the field, gained direct entry into the RBC Canadian Open field.

“This is one of the best golfing days of my life, so far,” said Anderson, who turned 19 in April. “To play a PGA TOUR event, that’s something I’ve been dreaming of. It’s unbelievable that it’s actually happening.”

Anderson, who had one of the last tee times of the day, chased down St-Jérôme, Qué. native Tim Alarie. Alarie had built what looked to be an insurmountable lead after carding a 4-under-par 68.

Anderson bogeyed his first hole, but then went on a tear, knocking in five birdies and walking up to the 17th tee tied with Alarie atop the leaderboard.

The University of San Francisco freshman birdied the par-5 17th, then made par on the 18th hole to card a 5-under 67 and secure an exemption into his country’s national open. 

“I thought the lead may have been five-or six-under,” said Anderson, who didn’t know he was leading walking up to the 18th green. “I wasn’t quite sure, but I knew if I got a par or birdie on 18, I had a chance.”

Anderson started three events with the University of San Francisco Dons this past season. He finished second at the 2018 Ontario Junior Boys’ Championship. 

Alarie was atop the leaderboard for most of the day following a 4-under-par 68. The 28-year-old was strong on the front nine, notching four birdies to put himself temporarily in the low qualifier spot. 

Étienne Brault, an amateur from Mercier, Qué., also put together a solid round, finishing at 3-under-69.

Alarie and Brault are among the 18 golfers advancing to the RBC Canadian Open Final Qualifier, which takes place Monday, June 3 at Heron Point Golf Links in Alberton, Ont.

The Québec regional qualifier was the third and final regional qualifying event. The first regional qualifier took place on May 6 at Kings Links by the Sea in Delta, B.C. and saw 10 golfers earn spots in the final qualifier.

Michael Blair earned an exemption directly into the RBC Canadian Open as the low qualifier at the second regional qualifying event at TPC Toronto on May 16. 

A minimum of four players from the 18-hole stroke play Final Qualifier on June 3 will gain entry into the RBC Canadian Open field.

Full results from the 2019 Canadian Open Québec Regional Qualifier

Earning a direct exemption:

1. Matthew Anderson (a), Mississauga, ON, *33-34-67 -5

Advancing to final qualifying:

2. Tim Alarie, St-Jérôme, QC, *32-36-68 -4

3. Étienne Brault (a), Mercier, QC, *34-35-69 -3

4. Jc Deacon, Gainesville, FL, *35-35-70 -2

4. Nyasha Mauchaza, Port Saint Lucie, FL, *36-34-70 -2

4. Sonny Michaud, Québec, QC, *35-35-70 -2

7. Pierre-Alexandre Bédard, Chibougamau, QC, *36-35-71 -1

7. Blake Morris, Hobe Sound, FL, *34-37-71 -1

7. Yann Béland, Repentigny, QC, *36-35-71 -1

10. Vaita Guillaume, Québec, QC, *35-37-72 E

10. Gajan Sivabalasingham, Ballantrae, ON, *37-35-72 E

10. Vincent Blanchette, Boucherville, QC, *36-36-72 E

10. Luke Moser, Waterloo, ON, *35-37-72 E

10. Peyton Callens (a), Langton, ON, *38-34-72 E

15. Jacob Presutti (a), Brampton, ON, *38-35-73 +1

15. Joey Fraser, L’Ile-Perrot, QC, *37-36-73 +1

15. Austin James, Bath, ON, *34-39-73 +1

15. Warren Sellors (a), Notre-Dame-De-L’ile-Perrot, QC, *36-37-73 +1

15. Max Gilbert, St-Georges, QC, *37-36-73 +1

 

Failing to advance

20. Zach Giusti, Aurora, ON, *35-39-74 +2

20. Bennett Ruby (a), Waterloo, ON, *35-39-74 +2

20. Lucas Kim, Richmond Hill, ON, *36-38-74 +2

20. Marc-Olivier Plasse (a), Mercier, QC, *36-38-74 +2

20. Matthew Ion Young (a), Burlington, ON, *39-35-74 +2

20. Gianfranco Guida, Maple, ON, *37-37-74 +2

20. Maxwell Sear (a), Unionville, ON, *38-36-74 +2

20. Brandon Rattray (a), St-Bruno, QC, *38-36-74 +2

20. Jean-Philip Cornellier, St-Césaire, QC, *38-36-74 +2

20. Bradfred Adamonis, Swansea, MA, *36-38-74 +2

30. Eric Shea (a), Brantford, ON, *37-38-75 +3

30. John Kim (a), Toronto, ON, *39-36-75 +3

30. Marc Bourgeois, Dieppe, NB, *38-37-75 +3

30. Bryan Ward, Oakville, ON, *38-37-75 +3

34. Vishal Giri, Tempe, AZ, *40-36-76 +4

34. Zachary Tosi (a), Pointe-Claire, QC, *36-40-76 +4

34. Stephen Thomas, Vancouver, BC, *36-40-76 +4

34. Alexander Brisebois (a), Kanata, ON, *38-38-76 +4

34. Geoff McLeod (a), Toronto, ON, *39-37-76 +4

34. Daniel Robinson (a), Uxbridge, ON, *37-39-76 +4

40. Jeffrey Lebeau (a), Sherbrooke, QC, *39-38-77 +5

40. Chris Wilson, Timmins, ON, *39-38-77 +5

40. Marc Casullo, Aurora, ON, *37-40-77 +5

40. William Meehan, Australia, *40-37-77 +5

40. Marc-André Champagne, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, *39-38-77 +5

40. Étienne Papineau (a), St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, *38-39-77 +5

40. Yohann Benson, Pincourt, QC, *39-38-77 +5

40. Brandon Lacasse, Châteauguay, QC, *38-39-77 +5

40. William Blanchard, Rosemère, QC, *38-39-77 +5

40. Zachary Wylie-Kos (a), Kanata, ON, *37-40-77 +5

40. Solomon Coupal (a), Sainte-Thérèse, QC, *38-39-77 +5

40. Clément Herviou, Québec, QC, *41-27-68 +5

52. James Parsons (a), Almonte, ON, *37-41-78 +6

52. Christian Meliambro (a), Kanata, ON, *42-36-78 +6

52. Cory Racioppo, Thornhill, ON, *38-40-78 +6

52. James Colin Davis, Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC, *41-37-78 +6

52. Marc Lefebvre, London, ON, *39-39-78 +6

52. Mathew Iceton, Brooklin, ON, *40-38-78 +6

52. Connor Stalteri (a), Selwyn, ON, *39-39-78 +6

52. Ryan Sabo (a), Burlington, ON, *39-39-78 +6

52. Nicholas Brisebois (a), Kanata, ON, *38-40-78 +6

52. Stephen Layne (a), Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, *37-32-69 +6

62. Nicklaus Naumovski (a), Hornby, ON, *40-39-79 +7

62. David Iaderosa (a), Ottawa, ON, *41-38-79 +7

62. Philippe Morency, Repentigny, QC, *39-40-79 +7

62. Nicholas Marchese (a), Nobleton, ON, *39-40-79 +7

62. Ian Gately (a), Ancaster, ON, *40-39-79 +7

62. Lucas Nonni, Newmarket, ON, *39-40-79 +7

62. Patrick Williams, Toronto, ON, *39-40-79 +7

62. Tyler Hashmi (a), Milton Station, PE, *39-40-79 +7

70. Aaron Wagner, St. Catharines, ON, *42-38-80 +8

70. J.J. Regan, Burlington, ON, *40-40-80 +8

70. Lucas Greco, Montréal, QC, *38-42-80 +8

70. Corey Bristowe, St. Catharines, ON, *42-29-71 +8

74. Jordi Walker (a), Coniston, ON, *38-43-81 +9

74. Griffin Jones (a), Manotick, ON, *39-42-81 +9

74. Carter Vork (a), Cloquet, MN, *41-40-81 +9

74. Billy Houle, L’Assomption, QC, *39-42-81 +9

78. John Hickson (a), Grimsby, ON, *41-41-82 +10

78. Louis-Francois Charpentier (a), Montréal, QC, *42-40-82 +10

78. Alexandre Bélanger (a), St-Jacques, NB, *45-37-82 +10

78. Jeremy Greville, Smithville, ON, *37-45-82 +10

78. Peter Dalahanis, Montréal, QC, *42-40-82 +10

78. Akrish Abbas (a), Oakville, ON, *42-40-82 +10

78. Peter Mattila, Ottawa, ON, *41-41-82 +10

78. Angie Éthier, Longueuil, QC, *38-44-82 +10

78. Teran Newell (a), Shelburne, NS, *42-31-73 +10

87. Jean-Michel Paré, Victoriaville, QC, *41-42-83 +11

87. Sébastien Beaudry, Morin-Height, QC, *41-42-83 +11

89. Johnny Rosa (a), Laval, QC, *43-41-84 +12

89. Massimo Roch, Montréal, QC, *43-41-84 +12

89. Derek Grota, Cambridge, ON, *40-44-84 +12

92. Jonathan Kim-Moss, Mississauga, ON, *45-40-85 +13

92. Mario Morency, Ste-Thérèse, QC, *46-39-85 +13

92. Tahir Shamji (a), Ottawa, ON, *42-34-76 +13

92. Seong-Woong Moon, Etobicoke, ON, *42-34-76 +13

96. Antoni Miller, Port Hope, ON, *42-44-86 +14

97. Marc-Antoine Verreault (a), Mont-Laurier, QC, *43-44-87 +15

97. Marc-André Bélanger (a), Dieppe, NB, *45-42-87 +15

99. Albert Nimeh (a), Kingston, ON, *40-48-88 +16

99. David Dahms (a), Ottawa, ON, *41-47-88 +16

99. William Lecky, Williamstown, ON, *45-43-88 +16

99. Anthony Richard (a), Québec, QC, *46-42-88 +16

103. Ashley Thompson, Ennismore, ON, *46-43-89 +17

103. Jean-Sébastien Bérubé (a), Châteauguay, QC, *43-46-89 +17

 

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Craig Stefureak (a), Caledonia, ON, *36-0-36 +4

WD. Ryan Spratt, Ottawa, ON, *41-0-41 +5

WD. Sameer Kalia, Campbellville, ON, *42-0-42 +6

WD. Iannick Lamarre, St-Lambert, QC, *

NC. Sun Kim, L’Île-Perrot, QC, *41-0-41 +5

NC. Patrick Muldoon, Candiac, QC, *

NS. Jesse Smith, Ohsweken, ON, *

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