MISSISSAUGA, Ontario (8/10/17) – Arkansas State senior men's golfer Tanner Napier completed play Thursday at the 113th Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, carding a final-round round 75 to finish the 72-hole tournament with a combined 1-over 281 that placed him tied for 16th out of over 260 players.
Napier entered today's final round just three strokes out of first place, but fell 11 places in the standings after posting previous scores of 69, 65 and 72 for each of the first three rounds, respectively. The Paris, Texas, native's 281 total left him just three strokes away from a top-10 finish.
Zach Baucho of Forest, Va., claimed the tournament championship with a 272, earning him an exemption into the 2018 RBC Canadian Open and 2017 U.S. Amateur.
Napier is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and was named a 2017 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar. Also an A-State Athletics Director's Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List member, he posted a team-best 72.67 stroke average last season as a junior.
More than a century old, the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship was first contested as one of the newly formed Royal Canadian Golf Association's first orders of business in 1895 at the Ottawa Golf Club. A match play event in the beginning, the Amateur changed to stroke play for the 1969 championship and remained that way through 1994 when it reverted to match play. The championship once again reverted to stroke play in 2008.