The Canadian Men’s Senior Championship wrapped up Friday in La Malbaie, Que., with Darren Ritchie of St. John, N.B., securing the title to etch his name into the John Rankin Memorial Trophy.
Ritchie, from Hampton Golf Club, held the lead for the majority of the tournament, finishing at two over. It was the first Canadian men’s senior title for the 57-year-old Ritchie.
“I took a lot of years off to be with my family and to take care of them,” said Ritchie. “To get back to playing and to come up here and succeed the way that I did, it’s an unbelievable feeling.”
“It goes back to the start of the week. I hit the driver so good that I could stand there and just know that it’s going up the middle of the fairway. Whenever I had to make a three-footer for par, I was fortunate. I made a lot of them this week and a lot of the other guys struggled with it. My golf game is good right now and I just can’t wait to play again,” he said.
With the win, Ritchie receives an exemption into the 2022 U.S. Senior Amateur championship to be contested at the Country Club of Detroit.
Joe Miszk of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Luc Guilbault of Drummondville, Que. tied for runner up, each finishing with a score of seven over.
A 65-and-over Super Senior Championship ran concurrently throughout the championship with Michel Roy securing the Governor’s Cup with a score of 13 over.
The final leaderboards are here.