MIRABEL, Quebec, CANADA (Aug. 31, 2012) -- Chip Lutz of Reading, Penn. carded a final-round 4-under par 68 on Friday to capture the 2012 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship at Golf Griffon des Sources in Mirabel, Que.
Lutz, who started the day two shots back of leader Ian Harris of Bloomfield, Mich., birdied four of his last five holes, en route to besting Harris by five strokes for the title. Lutz finished with a four-day tally of 1-under par 287, while Harris posted a score of 4-over par 292 to place second.
Lutz’s final-round score of 4-under par 68 matched a competitive course record that was set earlier in the day by four-time Canadian Men’s Senior Championship winner, Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. Cooke finished third with a four-day tally of 7-over par 295.
“It's just tremendous for me to accomplish this,” said Lutz, who earlier this year claimed his second consecutive British Seniors Open Amateur Championship title and also captured a Silver Medal as top amateur at the 2012 British Senior Open Championship. “I was successful in defending the British earlier this year, and to do it in Canada and back this one up is something special. I'm thrilled beyond words.”
Reflecting on a stellar final round, Lutz was particularly proud of the manner in which he was able to adhere to his game plan.
“Today, it finally came together on the final nine holes,” said Lutz, who earned a champion’s exemption into the 2012 USGA Senior Amateur Championship with the win. “I tried to stay patient and stay with my game plan and I tried to remain close in terms of the competition coming down the stretch. I felt if I was able to do that, then I may have some good fortune. That was the key.”
With the victory, Lutz became the first competitor to capture back-to-back Canadian Men’s Senior Championship titles since Cooke accomplished the feat in 2008 and 2009.
Greg Wilson of Vaudreuil, Que. was fourth at 8-over par 296, while David Schultz of Calgary and Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. finished T5 at 10-over par 298.