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Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

History

There is no amateur golf championship in Canada with a richer history than the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. More than a century old, the Amateur was first contested as one of the newly formed Royal Canadian Golf Association’s first orders of business in 1895 at the Ottawa Golf Club. When T.M. Harley of Kingston Golf Club defeated A. Simpson of Ottawa Golf Club 7 & 5, a proud tradition of Canadian championship golf was born. Hall of Famer George S. Lyon won the Amateur an incredible eight times between 1898 and 1914 and was runner-up two more times while the inimitable Sandy Somerville made it to the match play final ten times between 1924 and 1938, capturing six championships of his own.

A match play event from the beginning, the Amateur changed to stroke play for the 1969 championship and remained that way through 1994 when it reverted to match play in honour of the RCGA’s and the championship’s centennial in 1995. The championship once again reverted to stroke play in 2008.

Inter-provincial team matches between Ontario and Quebec were first played in 1882, eventually developing into the Willingdon Cup in 1927. This team event, which pits teams from every province against each other in stroke play competition, has been played in conjunction with the Canadian Amateur since 1931 and remains one of the highlights of tournament week. The Willingdon Cup is contested concurrently during the first two rounds of stroke play in the championship.

In 2010, the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship changed to a double field format for the first time ever.

The champion receives an exemption into next year’s RBC Canadian Open.

Past Champions

* denotes a playoff win

  • 2017: Zach Bauchou
  • 2016: Hugo Bernard
  • 2015: Billy Kennerly
  • 2014: James Beale
  • 2013: Eli Cole
  • 2012: Mackenzie Hughes
  • 2011: Mackenzie Hughes
  • 2010: Albin Choi
  • 2009: Cam Burke
  • 2008: Cam Burke
  • 2007: Nick Taylor

  • 2006: Richard Scott
  • 2005: Richard Scott
  • 2004: Darren Wallace
  • 2003:Richard Scott
  • 2002: Dillard Pruitt
  • 2001: Gareth Paddison
  • 2000: Han Lee
  • 1999: Han Lee
  • 1998: Craig Matthew
  • 1997: *Dale Goehring
  • 1996: Rob McMillan

  • 1995: Garrett Willis
  • 1994:*Warren Sye
  • 1993: Gary Simpson
  • 1992: Darren Ritchie
  • 1991: Jeff Kraemer
  • 1990: Warren Sye
  • 1989: Peter Major
  • 1988: Doug Roxburgh
  • 1987: Brent Franklin
  • 1986: Brent Franklin
  • 1985: *Brent Franklin

  • 1984: Bill Swartz
  • 1983: Danny Mijovic
  • 1982: *Doug Roxburgh
  • 1981: *Richard Zokol
  • 1980: Greg Olson
  • 1979: Rafael Alarcon
  • 1978: Rod Spittle
  • 1977: Rod Spittle
  • 1976: *Jim Nelford
  • 1975: Jim Nelford
  • 1974: Doug Roxburgh

  • 1973: George Burns III
  • 1972: Doug Roxburgh
  • 1971: *Richard Siderowf
  • 1970: Allen Miller, Pensacola, FL
  • 1969: Wayne McDonald
  • 1968: Jim Doyle
  • 1967: Stuart G. Jones
  • 1966: Nick Weslock
  • 1965: George “Bunky” Henry
  • 1964: Nick Weslock
  • 1963: Nick Weslock

  • 1962: Reg Taylor
  • 1961: Gary Cowan
  • 1960: R. Keith Alexander
  • 1959: John Johnston
  • 1958: Bruce Castator
  • 1957: Nick Weslock
  • 1956: Moe Norman
  • 1955: Moe Norman
  • 1954: Harvie Ward
  • 1953: Don Cherry
  • 1952: Larry Bouchey

  • 1951: Walter McElroy
  • 1950: Bill Mawhinney
  • 1949: R.D. Chapman
  • 1948: Frank Stranahan
  • 1947: Frank Stranahan
  • 1946: Henry Martell
  • 1940-1945: No Championship
  • 1939: Ken Black
  • 1938: Ted Adams
  • 1937: C. Ross Somerville
  • 1936: Fred Haas, Jr

  • 1935: C. Ross Somerville
  • 1934: Albert Campbell
  • 1933: Albert Campbell
  • 1932: Gordon B. Taylor
  • 1931: C. Ross Somerville
  • 1930: C. Ross Somerville
  • 1929: Eddie Held
  • 1928: C. Ross Somerville
  • 1927: Donald D. Carrick
  • 1926: C. Ross Somerville
  • 1925: Donald D. Carrick

  • 1924: Frank Thompson
  • 1923: W.J. Thompson
  • 1922: C.C. Fraser
  • 1921: Frank Thompson
  • 1920: C.B. Grier
  • 1919: W. McLuckie
  • 1915-1918: No championship
  • 1914: George S. Lyon
  • 1913: G.H. Turpin
  • 1912: George S. Lyon
  • 1911: G.H. Hutton

  • 1910: Fritz Martin
  • 1909: E. Legge
  • 1908: A. Wilson, Jr.
  • 1907: George S. Lyon
  • 1906: George S. Lyon
  • 1905: George S. Lyon
  • 1904: Percy Taylor
  • 1903: George S. Lyon
  • 1902: F.R. Martin
  • 1901: W.A.H. Kerr
  • 1900:George S. Lyon

  • 1899: Vere C. Brown
  • 1898: George S. Lyon
  • 1897: W.A.H. Kerr
  • 1896: Stewart Gillespie
  • 1895: T.M. Harley