Canadian Men’s Amateur: Kimberley golfer, du Toit, misses cut

Kimberley native Jared du Toit failed to make the cut at the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championship.

Kimberley native Jared du Toit failed to make the cut at the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championship.

Heavy rain poured down in the Toronto area Monday, leading to the suspension of first-round action at both Lambton Golf and Country Club and Weston Golf and Country Club before du Toit was able to tee up.

The former Selkirk Secondary School student and recent transfer to Arizona State University finally hit the links at Lambton Tuesday morning, rolling to an opening-round 72 to sit 1-over par after 18 holes. However, a bogie on the 18th hole in du Toit’s second round on the Weston course would drop him to a 4-over par 76, and 5-over total to leave him one shot beyond the cut line.

Du Toit carded a 37 on the front nine, but bogeyed three of the first five holes on the back nine to put him behind the veritable eight ball. A birdie on 16 would lift him back into cut contention, until the bogey on the final hole sunk his chances.

Billy Kennedy from Alpharetta, Gerogia leads all competitors at -10 after shooting a 3-under 69 on Wednesday, followed by Australian Ben Eccles at 9-under. The top B.C. shooter, Stuart Macdonald, fired the low round of the day at -5 to put him in a tie for fifth place at 4-under par.

Du Toit won his way into the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championship by claiming the title at the 2015 B.C. Men’s Amateur Championship in Oliver earlier this summer.

The winner of the 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship receives exemption into the 2015 USGA Men’s Amateur Championship (Aug. 17 to 23 in Olympia Fields, Ill.) as well as the 2016 RBC Canadian Open.

The Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship is more than a century old, having been first contested in 1895 at the Ottawa Golf Club.