Four Canadians earn final spots in RBC Canadian Open field
Hamilton (July 23, 2012) – David Markle of Shelburne, Ont. carded a round of 5-under 66 during Monday’s Final Qualifier at Heron Point Golf Links to top the 52-player field and earn an exemption into this week’s 2012 RBC Canadian Open at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Markle, who earned a spot in the Final Qualifier by posting the low round at the RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifier at Club de golf de l’Épiphanie in Épiphanie, Que. earlier this month, will be making his first appearance at the RBC Canadian Open.
Jon Mills of Belleville, Ont., a veteran of eight Canadian Opens, also earned a spot in the 103rd playing of Canada’s National Open Golf Championship by placing second at the Monday Qualifier with a round of 3-under 68.
Victor Ciesielski of Cambridge, Ont. and Ben Ferguson of Ancaster, Ont. also qualified for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open by finishing T3 at 2-under 69.
After Monday’s Final Qualifier, a total of 23 Canadians will be in the field for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.
Markle, 27, a former Team Canada member, was a standout at Kent State University. A quarterfinalist at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship in 2007, Markle represented Canada internationally at both the Four Nations Cup and the World Amateur Team Championship.
Also a product of Kent State University, Mills, 34, will be making his ninth appearance in the Canadian Open. Mills has two career Web.com Tour victories, including the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship and the 2007 Albertsons Boise Open Presented by First Health. A former Team Canada member, Mills represented Canada internationally at the Four Nations Cup.
Ciesielski, 27, will be making his third appearance in Canada’s National Open Championship. A product of both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Waterloo, the former Team Canada member earned a spot in the Final Qualifier by finishing T5 at an RBC Canadian Open Regional Qualifying event at King’s Forest Golf Club in late June.
Ferguson, 25, was the 2004 Great Lakes Order of Merit Winner and Player of the Year. He competed in both the 2001 and 2007 Canadian Opens, missing the cut on both occasions.