Grand Niagara Golf Club sets the stage for Canadian Men’s Senior Championship
NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. – The 2016 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship will visit the Niagara region for the 2016 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship. A qualifying round will take place at Hunters Pointe Golf Course in Welland, Ont., on Sunday, September 4 before the championship’s four tournament rounds begin on September 6 at the Grand Niagara Golf Club.
“Golf Canada is thrilled to once again visit Niagara Falls for our national amateur championships,” said Tournament Director Justine Decock. “It has been our pleasure to partner with these tremendous venues for what is sure to be a fantastic championship. Our hosts at Grand Niagara have brought together a great team of volunteers; our players are going to have a wonderful experience.”
Designed by world-renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, Grand Niagara was founded in 2005. The Welland River winds through the property, offering scenic views of the rolling fairways and exquisitely contoured greens.
A full field of competitors aged 55-and-over from six countries will take to Grand Niagara for the 54th playing of this national championship in hopes of joining its list of notable winners. Returning to defend his Canadian Men’s Senior title is Jack Hall of Savannah, Ga., who battled through tough and rainy conditions at Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Alta., to claim the 2015 championship.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Doug Roxburgh is one of several players looking to step into the winner’s circle once more. The 64-year-old from Vancouver claimed the 2014 title and finished with a share of 9th last year.
David Schultz of Calgary captured the 2013 edition of this event, adding another highlight to a career for which he was inducted into the Alberta Golf Hall of Fame in 2014. Paul Simson has won over 200 amateur titles in his career, including six North & South Senior Amateur championships. In 2010, the 65-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., became the first player to hold the British, Canadian and U.S. Senior titles in the same year – a feat that has yet to be matched.
George Stokes of New Hamburg, Ont., will play for a second consecutive Super Senior title after capturing the 36-hole, 70-and-over division in 2015. Also contested over the tournament’s first two rounds will be an inter-provincial team competition. Team Ontario finished 3-under 285 in 2015 to narrowly claim a one-stroke victory.
Following the opening two rounds, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur championship to be contested at Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., from September 17-22.