It might have taken an extra day, but Kimberley native Jared du Toit was finally able to start and complete his first round 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 & Country Club and Weston Golf & 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 at approximately 7:25 a.m. (Eastern) Tuesday morning, rolling to an opening-round 72 to sit one-over par after 18 holes.
The Kimberley Golf Club product was then set to tee off his second round at approximately 4:25 p.m. (Eastern) over at Weston.
As of press time, du Toit was nine holes into his second round, sitting even par on the day, leaving his tournament score at one-over par, good enough to sit tied for 32nd.
As of press time, Ben Eccles (Australia) and Eric Banks (Truro, N.S.) sat tied atop the leaderboard at seven-under par following 36 holes of play.
Through his opening first round, du Toit fired a two-over 38 on the front nine before closing out with a one-under 34 on the back nine at the 7,005-yard Lambton Golf & Country Club.
Lambton Golf & Country Club was founded in 1902. In 2008, its golf course was redesigned.
Weston Golf & Country Club was established in 1915. Its course features 6,808 total yards to be conquered.
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.
New Zealand native James Beale, 21, claimed the 2014 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship following a three-hole playoff at Elmhurts Golf & Country Club last August.
Third-round action at the Weston Golf & Country Club is scheduled to begin Wednesday. Individual groups and tee times were unavailable as of press time Tuesday.