PORT BLANDFORD, NFLD Canada (Aug. 26, 2011) -- Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa., is the winner of the 2011 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship while 2010 champion Paul Simson finishes with runner-up honors at Twin Rivers Golf Course in Port Blandford, N.L.
Lutz carded a final round 3-under par (68) to finish 7-under par (277) for the championship. After a breezy day at Twin Rivers Golf Course, with wind gust up to 35 km/h according to Environment Canada, Lutz was the only player to shoot a final round score of par or better. The Champion, who birdied four of his last seven holes, won the title by an impressive nine strokes.
“I was very fortunate that I played so well because I didn’t feel I played my best golf yesterday,” said Lutz who was playing in his first appearance at this championship. “I gathered my game together and spent some time on the putting green which I feel paid off for me out there.”
Lutz played great golf all week making five more birdies, 20 in total, than any other competitor.
“After three-putting number 11 for bogey I was able to come back with a long birdie from the collar of the green on 12,” said Lutz who went 3-under par on the back nine. “The whole tournament committee and the golf club were incredible this week. Terrific hospitality all week, I cannot thank them [Golf Canada and Tera Nova] enough. I will certainly be back to defend my title next year when the tournament is in Quebec.”
With his victory at the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship and the 2011 Seniors Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland Lutz will attempt to repeat the historic feat that runner-up Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., completed last season. In 2010 Simson became 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.
“The USGA [Senior Amateur] is certainly a very challenging event with the 2 rounds of stroke play and then the match play. It takes a lot out of you,” Said Lutz who will compete for the USGA Senior Amateur at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., September 10-15. “All I can do is to stay in decent form, hope for a good draw, and play try to play my best golf.”
As mentioned, 2010 champion Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., took runner-up honors with a final round 5-over par (76) to complete the championship at 2-over par (286). The 56 year old began the day one stroke back of Lutz but was unable to make up the ground, bogeying his first two holes on the day. As defending USGA Senior Amateur Champion Simson will also compete at Kinloch Golf Club in September
Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody, B.C., was the low Canadian at the event shooting a final round score of 3-over par (74) for a four-round total of 9-over par (286). Lindbjerg is a member of the B.C. squad that captured the inter-provincial title earlier in the championship.
In fourth place is Kingston, N.S., native Gerry MacMillan. MacMillan vaulted to sole possession of fourth by birding two of his last three holes giving him a final round 5-over par (76) and championship tally of 13-over par (297).
The top-5 was rounded out by a tie between Kelly Roberts of London Ont., and Jay Blumenfeld of Parisppany, N.J. Roberts and Blumenfeld shot final rounds of 4-over par (75) and 7-over par (78) respectively to finish tied at 15-over par (299).