For the Times-Journal
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:59:42 EDT AM
Garrett Rank won his second consecutive Early Bird Championship this weekend at St. Thomas Golf & County Club. The 24-year old Elmira native is only the sixth golfer in tournament history to accomplish the feat. In photo, Rank chips from a bunker on No. 8
Heading into the final round of the Early Bird Amateur Championship, 2011 winner Garrett Rank paused a moment before heading out to the first hole at St. Thomas Golf & Country Club on Sunday morning to have a look at the past winners' board, which is featured prominently in the club house .
The Elmira, Ont. native was aiming to join elite company as a repeat winner at the 63-year-old tournament. The pause proved to be all the inspiration the 24-year old needed as Rank cruised to a win, defeating runner-up Simon McInnis by four strokes."Before the round, I actually looked at the board and saw some of the names of back-to-back champions," Rank told the Times-Journal. "It was definitely one of my goals to get my name up there two years in a row to solidify the win last year."
Rank, who was the low golfer Saturday after firing a 69, closed Sunday with a 74 – a score that he admits could have easily been higher – giving him a two-day total of 143.
"I forgot golf was supposed to be fun for the first four holes [on Sunday]," explained Rank, who battled back from testicular cancer last year to win his first Early Bird. "But I told myself, I have the skills and abilities to win this tournament so right the ship here. And I did and played really solid the last 14 holes."
Drew Symons, who won the Early Bird in 1998, finished third, five strokes back of Rank, with a 148.
Rank joins Moe Norman (1949-50), Gary Cowan (1960-61, 1964-65), Kelly Roberts (1973-74), Warren Sye (1987-88) and Bill Seagris (2001-02) as the only back-to-back winners in Early Bird history.
Next up for Rank, who just graduated from the University of Waterloo with a business finance degree, is the Canadian University Championship in Victoria. And while he is eager to do well there, the next two tournaments are even bigger. On Monday, June 4th, Rank is playing in the U.S. Open Sectionals in Springfield, Ohio and June 18th to June 23rd, he is heading to the British Amateur Championship at historic Royal Troon in Scotland as a member of the Canadian national team.
"This win is great for my confidence," said Rank, who spends his winters working as a referee in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). "I will use this weekend as a simulation for the rest of my summer."
Scott Hepburn, who tied for fourth with Ryan McInerny and Quinn Vilneff, was the low scorer amongst local golfers with a two-day total of 149 (77-72).
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Congratulations to the following Juniors who qualified to play in the Investors Group Junior Classic last weekend May 19, 20, 21st.
Luke Moser placed 7th with rounds of 70, 75, 75 and Keaton Jone placed T11 with rounds of 74, 73,75. Trevor Ranton had a great third round of 72, while Colton Clemmer had a good first round of 75. Also playing in the event was Matt Lemay. Julie Whalen had also qualified to play in the Girls event but unfortunately do to an accident on the 401 was unable to make her tee time.
The Golden Triangle Tour is a Professional Golf Tour for club professionals within the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Brantford Regions. The tour is designed for local professionals to come together to discuss the industry they work in, as well as the opportunity for them to sharpen their skills in competion.
Inroads made in practise paid dividends in the first Qualifier of the Season. Six of the Whistle Bear Junior Members Qualified for the IG Junior Spring Classic at Wooden Sticks GC on May 19 – 21, 2012 in Uxbridge, Ontario. Congratulations to the following members.
WB Junior Team Members qualifying include:
Keaton Jones placing 2nd by shooting even 70, Colton Clemmer tied for 6th shooting 3 over for 73 both played on April 29th at Westminister Trails GC in London, Ontario. Trevor Ranton tied for 6th, 3 over for 75 on April 29th at Braeben GC in Mississauga, Ontario. Julie Whalen tied for 10th, 10 over for 81 on April 26 at Conestoga Golf and CC in Conestoga, Ontario
WB Junior Members qualifying include:
Luke Moser who tied for 1st shooting 1 over for 73, Matt LeMay tied for 6th place, 3 over for 75
both played April 29 at Braeben GC in Mississauga, Ontario
Whistle Bear has set up the tee deck with pyramids of balls in preperation for all their members to hit off the grass.
Whistle Bear is still accepting applications for Facility and Clubhouse memberships.
Whistle Bear Golf Club members already have unlimited Performance Center access.
Starting in 2012, the club will make available a limited number of Whistle
Bear Range & Clubhouse Memberships:
? Practice as much as
you’d like with unlimited access to the Golf Performance Center @ Whistle Bear.
? Enjoy unlimited
access to the clubhouse and non-golf social events at Whistle Bear.
? Your Whistle Bear
account, gives you signing privileges in the restaurants and Pro Shop.
? You’ll move to the
top of the waiting list for a Whistle Bear Golf Club membership when available.
Also included is
1hour video lesson with one of our CPGA certified teaching professionals.
For only $500 plus tax – the price of 30 large buckets of balls per year – you can
be part of the fastest growing private golf club in the region.
The weather was spectacular with record highs for the last winter golf school of the season at the award winning Old Corkscrew Golf Course in South West Florida. Karen Dove, Ron Falsetto and Sean Wilson are the last of the schools with PGA of Canada Professional Dave Smallwood this week. Karen and Ron are enjoying their third time participating in the week long school consisting of 2 hours of instruction each morning and a round of golf with Dave each afternoon. They first attended the extraordinary golf school in December 2010 and enjoyed it so immensely they returned for a second week in March 2011, then immediately discussed their return in 2012. After Mondays instruction Ron and Sean joined Dave for an exciting hockey game at the Germain Arena. The Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League, won their first game in the best of five play of series against the Greenville Warriors.
2012 Short Game Performance Clinics
10 Week Performance Program devoted to helping players to improve in the game’s critical scoring areas
Sessions run on Mondays and Tuesdays 6pm to 7:30pm
Mondays May 21st to July 23rd
Tuesdays May 22nd to July 24th
Cost—$220 + HST per participant
(limited space available)
Please register with GPC Reception at 519-650-2327 x 421 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your serious about your game, come see us here at the GPC!
The weather could not have cooperated any better for this years March Break Junior Performance Camp at Old Corkscrew with PGA of Canada Instructors Dave Smallwood and Carrie Vaughan. Also, assisted by Alex Carrigan and Tara Sameshima. The Whistle Bear Junior team members that attended this years camp were Jack Quirke, Mitchell Johnson, Tanner Hickey, Scott Herod, Alex Garcia, Colton Clemmer, Jenna Banz, Kelsey Studiman, Carly Shane, Julie Whelan.
The juniors spent 2 hours each morning on the range for instruction and then played a round on the award winning Old Corkscrew Golf Course. After a full day at the course the students still found time to get in a bit of shopping and a very exciting game of basketball at Daves community.
Alex Carrigan is continuing to work hard at Old Corkscrew in Estero, Florida with his Coach Dave. His excellent work ethic and fitness regimen is paying off. Alex has been invited to play in the Prestigious 17th Annual Terra Corra Invitation at the Exclusive Naples National Country Club in Naples, Florida on April 13th – 15th.