NEWFOUNDLAND (Aug. 29, 2012) -- Ian Harris of Bloomfield, Mich. shot even-par 72 for the second consecutive day at the 2012 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at Golf Griffon des Sources in Mirabel, Que. to sit alone atop the leaderboard after 36 holes of play.
Harris is at even-par 144 for the championship, two shots clear of defending Canadian Men’s Senior champion Chip Lutz of Reading, Pa., who is second at 2-over par 146.
“Today was more of a normal round of golf for me,” said Harris, who posted three birdies and three bogeys during Wednesday’s second round. “The wind came up on the back nine, but it wasn’t anywhere near as strong as yesterday (Tuesday). I just felt more comfortable. My touch was better. That’s more of how I normally play. I’m normally pretty steady, make a lot of pars, and make birdies here and there.”
Howard Broun of Calgary is third at 3-over par 147, while John Russell of Chestermere, Alta., who held a share of the lead alongside Harris after round one, is fourth at 5-over par 149.
Greg Wilson of Vaudreuil, Que., Colin Coben of Delisle, Sask. and Sandy Harper of Nanaimo, B.C. are T5 at 6-over par 150.
The Team Alberta contingent of Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta., and Frank MacKenzie and Jeffrey Gauf of Edmonton claimed the Inter-Provincial Team Championship portion of the competition after posting a combined second-round score of 3-over par 147 to finish with a 36-hole tally of 13-over par 301.
Van Dornick, MacKenzie and Gauf bested the Team Quebec squad of Wilson, Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. and Adélard Collin of Quebec City by three strokes to claim the title as the trio shot 16-over par 304 over the first two days of play at Golf Griffon des Sources.
Team Ontario, comprised of Warren Sye of London, Ont., Sandy Billyard of Ridgeville, Ont. and Alasdair Cayley of Burlington, Ont. placed third at 19-over par 307, six shots back.
John Williams of St. John’s, N.L. captured the Super Senior Division title after posting a round of 8-over par 80 on Wednesday. Williams, who opened with a score of 7-over par 79 in round one, finished with a two-day tally of 15-over par 159 for a four-stroke victory over Don Lamb of McMurray, Penn. Lamb shot 19-over par 163 over the first 36 holes of the championship.
Michel Riverin of Brossard, Que. was third at 23-over par 167. David MacFarlane of Saint Basile, N.B. placed fourth at 26-over par 170, while Phillip Leckey of Tampa, Fla. rounded out the top-5 at 27-over par 171.
A total of 71 players made the 36-hole cut, which was set at 18-over par 162.
The 2012 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship winner will earn an exemption into the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship which takes place September 29 – October 4 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J.