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Canadian Senior Amateur: Englishman Lane wins it

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario (Sept. 8, 2007)-- In a thrilling final round that saw winds gusting up to 30 mph at Kawartha Golf and Country Club, David Lane of Berkshire, England showed why he is among the world’s finest senior amateur players by winning the 46th Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

Lane fired a final-round 76 and tournament-total 4-over 217 to finish with a three-stroke victory and become only the third international competitor to claim the John Rankin Memorial Trophy. The 66-year old Lane, a renowned international player with British, Scottish and European Senior titles to his credit outlasted the field under challenging conditions to win his first Canadian title.

“It was tough conditions today but it’s what I like to call good old English weather,” said Lane, who currently sits atop the English Golf Union Seniors Order of Merit. “What a marvelous event we had and I’m just so thrilled to be able to win a Canadian Championship.”

Finishing with a share of runner-up honours at 7-over-par 220 were Canadian amateur legend Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que., former Canadian Mid-Amateur champion Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. and local favourite and Kawartha member Roger Self of Peterborough.

With his third career runner-up finish at the Canadian Senior, Cooke, a two-time Senior and seven-time Mid-Amateur champion, ties Edward Ervasti of London, Ont. and Dr. George Bigelow of Victoria for the most career second-place finishes at the event.

André Gagné of Boischatel, Que. led for much of the championship but struggled with a final-round 81 to finish tied for fifth with Gary Carter of Amherst, N.S. at 8-over.

In the 36-hole Super Senior division (70 and older) which wrapped up Thursday, Bruce Brewer of Scarborough, Ont. fired a two-day, 11-over 153 to win his first National title. Jack Northey of South Hampton, Ont. finished two strokes back alone in second at 13-over while Michael Harrington of Toronto was third at 16-over. Two-time defending champion Patrick Suraj of Etobicoke, Ont. finished with a share of sixth at 20-over.

The 2008 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship will be conducted September 2-5 at St. Eugene Mission in Cranbrook, B.C.

The following are final-round Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at the 6,371 yard, par 71
Kawartha Golf and Country Club:

  Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Tot
1 David Lane 71 70 76 217
T2 Roger Self 72 74 74 220
T2 Graham Cooke 71 74 75 220
T2 Frank Van Dornick 72 72 76 220
T5 Gary Carter 69 75 77 221
T5 André Gagné 67 73 81 221
7 Eric Brodie 71 74 78 223
T8 Pierre Archambault 78 75 73 226
T8 John Marlow 70 78 78 226
T8 Howard Broun 72 76 78 226
T8 John French 75 71 80 226
T12 George Stokes 78 74 75 227
T12 Peter Howe 73 77 77 227
T12 Lane Bickel 75 75 77 227
T12 Doug Roxburgh 76 72 79 227
T12 John Thrasher 74 75 78 227
T17 Guy MacKnight 76 78 74 228
T17 Fred Silver 76 74 78 228
T17 Gerald Allaire 75 73 80 228
T20 Paul Nielsen 77 78 74 229
T20 Kevin Hughes 77 76 76 229
T20 Marc Pezzin 76 75 78 229
T20 Donald Jackson 76 74 79 229
T24 Fred Rowland 75 81 74 230
T24 Jack Northey 72 83 75 230
T24 Dwight Sandquist 79 75 76 230
T24 John Pate 77 76 77 230
T24 Garry Spence 76 77 77 230
T24 Charles Bagby 74 76 80 230
T30 Chester Graham 74 81 76 231
T30 Richard Stevens 81 72 78 231
T30 Paul Davis 73 79 79 231
T30 Steve Creekmore 75 75 81 231
T30 Robert Fugere 73 75 83 231
T35 David Buker 75 82 75 232
T35 Harry Cain 78 78 76 232
T35 Ron Garrett 76 80 76 232
T35 Gary Tuffs 81 74 77 232
T35 William Ruiter 77 78 77 232
T35 Bill Simmons 78 75 79 232
T41 Arthur Carey 80 76 77 233
T41 Bruce Brewer 76 77 80 233
T41 Ron Kelly 79 74 80 233
T41 Howard Tomlinson 80 72 81 233
T41 Robert Goss 74 77 82 233
T41 Dave Webber 75 76 82 233
T47 Peter Stirling 81 77 76 234
T47 Sid Segsworth 78 77 79 234
T47 Don Smith 79 76 79 234
T47 Moe Proulx 76 77 81 234
T47 John Gallacher 77 74 83 234
T47 Graham MacIntyre 75 76 83 234
T53 James Sutton 79 79 77 235
T53 Ron Green 82 76 77 235
T53 Lawrence Powell 77 76 82 235
T53 Brian Jeffery 75 75 85 235
T57 Stuart Nicholson 77 81 78 236
T57 Bill Cameron 77 81 78 236
T57 Ray Madison 78 79 79 236
T57 Norman Goldman 79 78 79 236
T57 Chris Ingram 79 78 79 236
T57 Gord Hanna 81 75 80 236
T57 Joe Pavoni 82 75 79 236
T57 Bob Turcotte 76 76 84 236
T57 Thomas Rippon 76 76 84 236
T66 Stephen MacDonald 78 80 79 237
T66 Ronald Mercier 80 78 79 237
T66 Denis Murphy 80 77 80 237
T66 Peter Duncan 76 79 82 237
70 Brian Bates 82 76 80 238
T71 Kenneth Bradley 79 79 81 239
T71 Robert Masukawa 74 78 87 239
T73 Andre Jette 79 79 82 240
T73 Al Brownridge 77 76 87 240
75 Mel Bernard 76 77 88 241
76 Michael Harrington 79 79 89 247

 

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