SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo men's golf rising sophomore, Hugo Bernard, came from behind to win the 112th Canadian Men's Amateur Championship August 8-11 at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Bernard won by two strokes with a four-round total 271 (-11) over Andy Zhang, 273 (-9).
Bernard, who is the first Canadian to win the title since Team Canada Young Pro Squad member Mackenzie Hughes won back-to-back championships in 2011-12, opened slowly with a first round 73 (+3) before firing off rounds of 64 (-6), 69 (-1) and then a final round 65 (-5) to capture the title at the Canadian Men's Amateur. Over the course of his four rounds, Bernard recorded one eagle, 18 birdies, seven bogeys and one double-bogey. Bernard led the field in scoring average with a 67.8, while ranked second among the field in total birdies with his 18, one shy of field leader Kristoffer Ventura.
In his opening round 73, Bernard recorded two birdies and one double-bogey on the front nine where he shot an even 36 to head to the back nine. On the back, he notched three bogeys and one eagle on the par-5 12th. Bernard was sitting nine strokes off the leader, Blair Bursey, and had to chase him down from the start of the tournament; Bursey opened the tournament with a 64 (-6).
On the second day where Bernard fired off a 64, he escaped the front nine with one bogey and three birdies for a two-under 32 heading to the back. On the final nine of the second round, Bernard sank four birdies to finish four-under on the back (32) and six-under for the round.
Bernard opened his third round with two birdies and a bogey on the front to go one-under (33) before shooting even on the back nine with one bogey and one birdie for his one-under, 69.
Bernard, who began the final round tied for third, fired off a five-under, 65, to close out the tournament and take the victory by two strokes over Andy Zhang (273). Bernard capped off his victory with six birdies, three on the front nine and three on the back and one bogey on the 12th; he recorded a 31 (-3) on the front nine and a 34 (-2) on the back for his 65 total.
With the win, Bernard became the first Quebec native to win the tournament since Craig Matthew in 1998. He received an exemption to the 2017 RBC Canadian Open and will compete at the U.S. Amateur Championships August 15-21 at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Bernard will be joined by Ryan Gendron at the U.S. Amateur Championships.
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