Hughes takes Canadian title, chases U.S. crown

Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, 2012 Canadian Amateur Golf Champion (Photo: Jeff Hughes)

Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas has repeated as Canadian Amateur Golf Champion by winning this year’s event at Ottawa with a fourth round score of par 72 for a 276 total, a stroke better than Chris Hemmerich (72) of Kitchener, and Brian Churchill-Smith (68) of Oakville.

It was his second consecutive Canadian championship. The Kent State graduate posted a 12 under par score to take the title Mackenzie set a course record of 65 last Thursday on his way to the way to victory.

“It’s a tremendous honour to win back-to-back Canadian championships. it’s always difficult to win a fabulous event like this, and this is very special for my family and I,” said Hughes.

Hughes, a member Golf Canada’s Team Canada is part of a field of 312 golfers in the United States Amateur at Cherry Hills Village, Colorado this week, to Aug. 19.

His win provided him with a sponsor invitation in the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course at Oakville from July 22 to 28, 2013.

“I know this will help me as I prepare to become a professional golfer this fall. The experience will be something that I can draw on, in the coming months. I look to finding early success as a professional,” Hughes added.