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Golf Canada – GENE ELLIOTT WINS 2017 CANADIAN MEN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

– Iowa native cards even-par 70 to claim the John Rankin Memorial Trophy 
and earn an exemption into the 2018 U.S.Senior Amateur
 –

KAHNAWAKE, Que. – American Gene Elliott carded an even-par 70 during the final round to claim the 2017 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at Kanawaki Golf Club and hoist the John Rankin Memorial Trophy.

The native of West Des Moines, IA, finished at 3-over (283) for the championship, which was good enough for a 2-shot win over third-round leader Doug Hanzel of Savannah, GA.

“I am so thrilled – this is tough competition,” said Elliott, who recently competed in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship where he fell in the round of 32. “Senior golf is tough; these guys are good. You win very little in golf at all and when you do it’s very special. To win in Canada, I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Elliott may be new to the senior circuit having just turned 55 in February, but he’s enjoyed a stellar competitive golf career throughout the years. Among his many accomplishments, he’s amassed more than 20 titles in his home state of Iowa and also won the prestigious Porter Cup in 1998.

The veteran had high praises for the host club of Kanawaki. 

“I hit the ball well today. I hit a lot of greens this week. I didn’t have many 3-putts,” he added. “But this Kanawaki, it’s a tough little bugger. It looks like you can get after it, but it gets after you. It’s a wonderful place to host a championship.” 

With the win, Eliott earns an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore., from August 25th to 30th. 

He’s also committed to returning to Canada to defend his title at next year’s Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, which will take place September 4-7 at Gowan Brae Golf & Country Club in Bathurst, N.B.

“I can’t wait to get to New Brunswick,” he laughed. “I have no idea where it is or how to get there, but I’ll be there.”

Hanzel, who finished runner-up, never could get things on the right track during Thursday. His 5-over round of 75 included four bogeys, a double bogey and just a single birdie. 

A trio of Americans tied for third. Allen Barber of Yorktown, VA, Paul Simson of Raleigh, NC and Jack Hall of Savannah, GA, all finished at 7-over (287). 

Doug Roxburgh, an honored member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame, was the top Canadian finisher. The Vancouver native finished tied for 6th at 8-over (288). Roxburgh won the Canadian Junior Boy’s Championship in 1970 and Canadian Amateur titles in 1972, 1974, 1982 and 1988. He also claimed the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship in 2014.

Additional information, including complete scoring info for the 2017 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship can be found here.

VISUAL ASSETS: Media can click here to view/download final-round photos. Please provide photo credit to Golf Canada/ Bernard Brault. 

The following are final scores for the 2017 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship for Thursday, September 14th, 2017.

1. Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, IA, *74-73-66-70-283 +3
2. Doug Hanzel, Savannah, GA, *70-70-70-75-285 +5
3. Allen Barber, Yorktown, VA, *67-77-73-70-287 +7
3. Paul Simson, Raleigh, NC, *71-71-72-73-287 +7
3. Jack Hall, Savannah, GA, *72-72-71-72-287 +7
6. Brady Exber, Las Vegas, NV, *70-74-73-71-288 +8
6. Doug Roxburgh, Vancouver, BC, *73-72-70-73-288 +8
8. Doug Williams, Hong Kong, *74-72-70-73-289 +9
8. Buzz Fly, Memphis, TN, *70-73-71-75-289 +9
10. Graham Cooke, Hudson, QC, *72-77-68-73-290 +10
11. Robert Gibson, Toronto, ON, *72-75-73-71-291 +11
11. Brian Laubman, Edmonton, AB, *71-71-73-76-291 +11
13. Frank Van Dornick, Camrose, AB, *74-70-73-75-292 +12
13. Michael Mercier, Juno Beach, FL, *73-72-71-76-292 +12
15. Ken Griffith, Red Deer, AB, *71-75-72-75-293 +13
16. Michel Roy, Québec, QC, *77-72-73-72-294 +14
16. Howard Broun, Calgary, AB, *76-72-72-74-294 +14
18. Garth Collings, Matlock, MB, *71-75-73-76-295 +15
19. Dan Coulombe, Fredericton, NB, *77-77-72-70-296 +16
20. Norm Bradley, Kelowna, BC, *74-78-72-73-297 +17
20. François Bissonnette, Mirabel, QC, *74-77-72-74-297 +17
20. Joe Miszk, Niagara Falls, ON, *74-74-75-74-297 +17
20. Jim Lehman, Minnetonka, MN, *72-80-70-75-297 +17
24. Lance Lundy, Pemberton, BC, *70-73-77-78-298 +18
25. Greg Bismeyer, Mission, BC, *74-80-72-73-299 +19
25. Gudmund Lindbjerg, Port Moody, BC, *73-76-77-73-299 +19
25. Jim Shaw, Mission, BC, *77-75-73-74-299 +19
25. Alan Stewart, Grande Prairie, AB, *75-78-72-74-299 +19
25. Brian Brown, Nanton, AB, *73-74-74-78-299 +19
30. Frank MacKenzie, Vernon, BC, *76-73-79-72-300 +20
30. Rick Dodds-Hebron, Brampton, ON, *72-74-77-77-300 +20
32. Kerry Short, Vineland, ON, *77-71-79-74-301 +21
32. Mark Spooner, North Vancouver, BC, *71-81-74-75-301 +21
32. Tore Sviland, Norway, *79-75-75-72-301 +21
32. Christopher Kertsos, Pickering, ON, *78-77-74-72-301 +21
36. John Festival, Calgary, AB, *72-80-76-74-302 +22
36. Bernie Bolokoski, West Kelowna, BC, *73-79-76-74-302 +22
38. Steven Hudson, Birmingham, AL, *77-76-74-76-303 +23
38. Charlie Burke, New Hamburg, ON, *78-77-72-76-303 +23
38. Pat Thompson, Asheville, NC, *79-76-73-75-303 +23
38. Len Filek, Summerland, BC, *76-76-78-73-303 +23
42. Jean-Guy Garnier, Lévis, QC, *73-78-76-77-304 +24
42. Carl Nanni, Thornhill, ON, *73-77-76-78-304 +24
42. Adélard Collin, Québec, QC, *73-77-74-80-304 +24
42. Floyd Kilgore, Grimshaw, AB, *76-76-76-76-304 +24
46. Jean Crispo, St. Bruno De Montarville, QC, *77-74-77-77-305 +25
46. Chris Dowds, London, ON, *76-75-73-81-305 +25
46. Rick Cody, Mississauga, ON, *76-78-75-76-305 +25
49. Don Kuehn, Kansas City, MO, *77-74-77-78-306 +26
49. Jeffrey Gauf, Edmonton, AB, *78-74-76-78-306 +26
49. John Gallacher, Burnaby, BC, *77-76-78-75-306 +26
52. David Schultz, Calgary, AB, *76-74-77-80-307 +27
52. Claude Pelletier, Donnaconna, QC, *79-73-74-81-307 +27
52. Tom Hossfeld, Ottawa, ON, *77-78-78-74-307 +27
52. Danny Turbide, Québec, QC, *73-78-84-72-307 +27
56. David Crowshaw, Calgary, AB, *78-77-71-82-308 +28
56. John Taylor, Kemptville, ON, *77-75-78-78-308 +28
56. Mike Walker, Winnipeg, MB, *77-76-77-78-308 +28
56. Kip Estep, Rockwall, TX, *74-78-80-76-308 +28
60. Ken Rodgers, Regina, SK, *75-78-79-78-310 +30
60. Dan Gagliardi, Ancaster, ON, *73-81-79-77-310 +30
62. Mike Mannion, Gibsons, BC, *72-81-76-82-311 +31
62. Michael Alderman, Georgetown, ON, *76-77-80-78-311 +31
64. Jim Briggs, Fenwick, ON, *77-77-78-80-312 +32
65. William (Bill) MacPherson, Victoria, BC, *78-77-77-81-313 +33
65. Stephen Locke, Brookfield, NS, *85-70-79-79-313 +33
67. John Rice, Kahnawake, QC, *74-81-77-82-314 +34
68. Brian Graham, New Westminster, BC, *75-79-81-82-317 +37
69. John Murphy, Orillia, ON, *75-80-82-86-323 +43 
— DID NOT FINISH —
MC. David Wilson, North Battleford, SK, *76-80-0-156 +16
MC. Peter Harrison, Ottawa, ON, *81-75-0-156 +16
MC. Rick Ledingham, Regina, SK, *79-77-0-156 +16
MC. William Jackson, Oklahoma City, OK, *76-80-0-156 +16
MC. Michel Labelle, Kirkland, QC, *80-76-0-156 +16
MC. Richard Brochu, Gatineau, QC, *72-84-0-156 +16
MC. Brian Coston, Calgary, AB, *75-81-0-156 +16
MC. Harry Ferguson, Invermere, BC, *82-74-0-156 +16
MC. Tim Southcott, Milton, ON, *77-79-0-156 +16
MC. Keith Newton, Olds, AB, *76-80-0-156 +16
MC. Banks Scott, Burnaby, BC, *77-79-0-156 +16
MC. James Starnes, Ft. Myers, FL, *79-77-0-156 +16
MC. Richard McCullough, Cornwall, ON, *79-77-0-156 +16
MC. Tom Skinner, Red Deer, AB, *74-82-0-156 +16
MC. Lars Melander, Oakville, ON, *77-79-0-156 +16
MC. Dean Woodman, Windsor, NS, *80-77-0-157 +17
MC. Allen Chapman, Lindsay, ON, *80-77-0-157 +17
MC. Serge Bastien, Rimouski, QC, *78-79-0-157 +17
MC. Randy Blondin, Nepean, ON, *81-76-0-157 +17
MC. Louis Boudreau, Boudreau-Ouest, NB, *78-79-0-157 +17
MC. George Stokes, New Hamburg, ON, *76-81-0-157 +17
MC. David Greenaway, Barrie, ON, *77-81-0-158 +18
MC. Chuck Conley, St. John’s, NL, *81-77-0-158 +18
MC. Mark McBride, Ottawa, ON, *79-79-0-158 +18
MC. Jay Lilge, Toronto, ON, *80-78-0-158 +18
MC. John Robinson, Ilderton, ON, *77-82-0-159 +19
MC. Michael Baddeley, Calgary, AB, *77-82-0-159 +19
MC. Brian Katchnoski, Winnipeg, MB, *75-84-0-159 +19
MC. Pierre Archambault, Candiac, QC, *83-76-0-159 +19
MC. Joe Barazin, Westmount, QC, *81-78-0-159 +19
MC. Merv Dusyk, Sylvan Lake, AB, *76-84-0-160 +20
MC. Daniel Partland, Bolton, ON, *79-81-0-160 +20
MC. Gary Melanson, Woodstock, NB, *78-82-0-160 +20
MC. Guy Sawyer, Shefford, QC, *76-84-0-160 +20
MC. Dave Miller, West Vancouver, BC, *82-78-0-160 +20
MC. Keith Silvernagle, Bigger, SK, *81-79-0-160 +20
MC. Gerry Smith, Halifax, NS, *80-80-0-160 +20
MC. Allan Ross, Calgary, AB, *73-88-0-161 +21
MC. Colin Budgell, St. John’s, NL, *81-80-0-161 +21
MC. Frank Enns, Saskatoon, SK, *77-84-0-161 +21
MC. Les Swelin, Sundre, AB, *82-79-0-161 +21
MC. Denis Beaulieu, St. Quentin, NB, *82-80-0-162 +22
MC. Kenny Fraser, Alberton, PE, *83-79-0-162 +22
MC. Michael Kelly, Ottawa, ON, *81-81-0-162 +22
MC. Bill Simmons, Burlington, ON, *80-82-0-162 +22
MC. Don Boland, St. John’s, NL, *76-86-0-162 +22
MC. John Mealia, North York, ON, *84-78-0-162 +22
MC. Allen Stowkowy, Calgary, AB, *81-81-0-162 +22
MC. Brent Clague, Winnipeg, MB, *81-82-0-163 +23
MC. Greg Kocher, Gibsons, BC, *81-82-0-163 +23
MC. Terry Clackson, St. Albert, AB, *81-82-0-163 +23
MC. Kevin Campbell, Edmonton, AB, *82-81-0-163 +23
MC. Per Hansen, Delta, BC, *78-85-0-163 +23
MC. Bob Herron, Brantford, ON, *81-82-0-163 +23
MC. Denis McGuire, Dartmouth, NS, *83-80-0-163 +23
MC. Greg Clarke, Nepean, ON, *83-80-0-163 +23
MC. Jim Redston, Beaconsfield, QC, *82-81-0-163 +23
MC. Yves Tremblay, Shawinigan, QC, *82-81-0-163 +23
MC. Robert O’Hagan, Paris, ON, *80-84-0-164 +24
MC. Guy Blouin, Québec, QC, *77-87-0-164 +24
MC. Pierre Boulais, St-Therese, QC, *78-86-0-164 +24
MC. Ian Harris, Bloomfield Hills, MI, *78-86-0-164 +24
MC. Steve Irving, Owen Sound, ON, *78-87-0-165 +25
MC. Howie Hansford, St. John’s, NL, *83-82-0-165 +25
MC. Greg Adoranti, Stoney Creek, ON, *87-78-0-165 +25
MC. Eddie Bearns, Paradise, NL, *86-80-0-166 +26
MC. Malcolm Reid, Charlottetown, PE, *82-84-0-166 +26
MC. Wilf Pilgrim, Island View, NB, *81-85-0-166 +26
MC. George Chaulk, Kippens, NL, *83-83-0-166 +26
MC. Ron Petersen, Coquitlam, BC, *86-80-0-166 +26
MC. Cyrus Whitney, Oro Valley, AZ, *82-84-0-166 +26
MC. Jim Nicholson, Spirit River, AB, *79-87-0-166 +26
MC. Ernest Corrigan, Charlottetown, PE, *79-87-0-166 +26
MC. Jerry Maatman, Winnetka, IL, *87-81-0-168 +28
MC. Barry Minish, Winnipeg, MB, *80-88-0-168 +28
MC. Craig Nixon, Calgary, AB, *84-85-0-169 +29
MC. Wayne Gillespie, Edmonton, AB, *79-90-0-169 +29
MC. George Mcgee, Midland, TX, *87-84-0-171 +31
MC. Rick Stead, Mount Pearl, NL, *85-89-0-174 +34
MC. Sandy Hosie, Victoria, BC, *87-87-0-174 +34
MC. Gordon Rundell, Okotoks, AB, *83-95-0-178 +38
WD. Reid Sheftall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, *75-75-53-203 +17
WD. Kym Olsen, Australia, *18-0-0-18 +3
WD. Peter Wegmann, Fort Lauderdale, FL, *76-0-0-76 +6
WD. Gord Hanna, Chateauguay, QC, *74-77-0-151 +11
WD. Steven Ward, New Minas, NS, *78-77-0-155 +15
WD. Gordon Henderson, Niagara Falls, ON, *78-65-0-143 +23

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