PORT BLANDFORN, NFLD, Canada (AUG. 23, 2011) -- Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa., shot an opening-round 4-under par (67) to grab a one stroke lead over defending championship Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., at the 2011 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at Twin Rivers Golf Course in Port Blanford, N.L.
Lutz, the winner of the 2011 Seniors Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, had only one bogey and five birdies on the day. Lutz and Simson were tied for the lead heading into the 18th hole however Simson’s first bogey of the day caused him to drop one shot off the lead. Simson finished the day at 3-under par (68).
Simson, whose round also included two birdies and an eagle, had a 2010 Senior Amateur season for the ages, becoming the first player ever to win the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, USGA Senior Amateur Championship and the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship in the same year.
Michael Mealia rounds out the top-three in the individual stroke play division as the Thornhill, Ont., native birdied his final three holes to finish the day at 2-under par (69). The finishing birdies were three of his seven total birdies on the day.
In inter-provincial competition, British Columbia leads Alberta by 10 strokes after day one of the two round competition. The B.C. team of Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, Tony Hatchwell of Nananimo, and Early MacPherson of Surrey, currently sit at a combined 6-over par (219) while Alberta’s Jim Russell of Calgary, Floyd Kilgore of Grimshaw, and Frank Van Dornick of Camrose follow at 229 (+16).
In the Super Senior division (70 years of age and older) Al Steingart of Priddis Alta., carded an opening round 12-over par (83) to take the lead over Gary Brown of Steinbach, Man., who shot 25-over par (96) on the first of the two-day Super-Senior championship.