Scott Allred of Calgary shot a five-under-par 66 to take the first round lead at the 2011 Mr. Lube Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship at King’s Riding Golf Club, in King City, Ont.
Allred, a rookie at this years’ event, was two-under through the front nine and managed three more birdies on the back nine.
“I played with a great group”, said Allred, the head professional at Elbow Springs Golf Club. “The course played tough, but I was able to relax, hit the fairways, make a few birdies and play well.”
Allred heads into Thursday’s second round two a two-stroke lead over three-time Club Pro champion and 2008 Seniors champion Yvan Beauchemin of Louiseville, Que., and 2001 Club Pro champion Ken Tarling of Sanford, Ont.
“I played well after a restful weekend,” said Tarling, who recently earned a spot in the British PGA Seniors Championship and is ranked sixth on the Canadian PGA national rankings.
“I had a couple of early birdies and then went on to play some solid golf all the way through, finishing with a nice birdie on 18. I look forward to playing well over the next few days,” he added.
Beauchemin recovered after two bogeys early in the round to finish with a solid 68.
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