Bunker wins mid-amateur

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:17 AM ET

Dave Bunker wasn’t going to let this one get away.

There were a few nervous moments on the back nine at the Royal Ottawa Friday, but nothing was going to stop the Woodbridge native from a three-peat at the Canadian mid-amateur championship.

By the time the final putt dropped on the green of the par-five, 18th, Bunker was able to wear a smile after he completed Round 4 with a 74 and a four-stroke victory to keep the President’s Cup in his hands.

“It’s pretty exciting. I played well the first three rounds and gave myself a little bit of breathing room — which was good — because I struggled a little bit with some shots and it cost me some bogeys,” said Bunker, who had a four-day total of 279.

“I made it closer than I wanted it to be, but I think it got exciting for a few holes there. I don’t think I lost my focus, I think I just lost my swing a little bit. I was hitting the same shot over and over. I was hooking everything.”

Looking like he was going to cruise to the win, Bunker bogeyed 3-of-4 holes from No. 11-14. When Craig Doell of Victoria closed within three shots, Bunker made a huge birdie on the 435-yard, par-4 No. 15 that put the tournament away.

“Anything can happen. That was my mindset going into the last four holes. Unfortunately, he made birdie and I made bogey,” said Doell, who finished in second at 1-under. “That was really the clincher for him.”

Bunker, a 45-year-old teacher, will now get a second shot at playing in the Canadian Open at Shaugnessy in Vancouver next summer. He received an exemption last month at St. George’s, but missed the cut by three strokes after shooting 71-71.

“I’ll try and make the cut. That will be my goal,” said Bunker, who played Shaugnessy in the 2003 Canadian amateur. “I really didn’t have any expectations this year other than to try my best and make lots of good shots. We’ll see. It’s going to be fun.”

The Ottawa Hunt’s Peter Harrison was the top local. He tied for ninth place with a solid even-par 71 in the final round.

“This was really good for me to get a chance to play in something like this. It was a lot of fun,” said Harrison, who finished with a four-day total of 291 and was second in the mid-masters division to Bunker.

Renfrew’s Dwight Reinhart, who shot a final-round 74, was tied for 23rd, while Robert Fugere (Rivermead) completed his day with 76 and was tied for 33rd. Louis Seguin of Camelot carded a 77 and tied for 64th.

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