NORMAN, Okla. Two University of Oklahoma golfers hit the links at the Bell Bay Golf Club in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, for this weekend’s 101st Canadian Amateur Championship.
Flanders and LaFontaine are automatically qualified for the championship portion of the match and will not have to participate in Friday’s qualifier. Flanders, who placed seventh at this year’s New Brunswick Amateur, earned an exemption for being a quarterfinalist at the 2004 Canadian Amateur. LaFontaine was the 2005 Ontario Amateur runner-up.
LaFontaine, because of his Ontario Amateur result, will represent his province for the Willingdon Cup.
The Willingdon Cup matches teams of four from each province with the three lowest scores each round counting towards the team’s total. The province with the lowest score at the end of the tournament wins the Willingdon Cup for until next year’s Canadian Amateur.
LaFontaine also represented Team Ontario when it won the Willingdon Cup in 2003.
The Canadian Amateur is set up similar to the U.S. Amateur (in which two other Sooners Justin Fraley and Anthony Kim have qualified). Two rounds of 18-hole stroke play, one each Sunday and Monday, determine the low 64 scorers that advance to the match-play portion of the tournament.
The first round of 18-hole match play begins Tuesday, Aug. 16. The second and third rounds are played Wednesday and quarterfinal and semifinals are played Thursday. A champion will be crowned at Friday’s final, 36-hole match-play round.