Jim Rutledge of Victoria put the finishing touches on his record-setting performance with a final round, two-under-par 70 to win the Mr. Lube – Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon by 10 shots over Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Dave Barr.
After establishing a new course record at RattleSnake Point on Wednesday with a 10-under-par 62, Rutledge capped off the national championship by breaking the overall tournament record with his 17-under-par total for three days.
The previous record in the Canadian PGA Seniors’ Championship was 12-under-par for 54 holes.
“I really wanted to come here to see some great friends and play in this event for the first time with the new sponsors and on a great golf course,” said Rutledge, who picked up $10,000 for the victory and will play the Player’s Cup on the Canadian Tour next week in Winnipeg.
Rutledge is a rookie on the Champions Tour with conditional status. He’s qualified for five events on the Seniors’ circuit and currently sits 71st on the money list with $82,550. His victory adds a second Canadian PGA national championship to his resume, including the 1984 Canadian PGA Championship.
“Winning a national championship like this gives me some great momentum and confidence to keep it going on the Champions Tour,” said Rutledge, who is a first alternate for the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Country Club in a few weeks.
Rod Spittle of Niagara Falls, Ont., finished solo third after a final round score of 70. Rick Willan of Markham, Ont., and Ken Tarling of Sanford, Ont., rounded out the top five.
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member Bob Panasik of Windsor, Ont., rebounded from his playoff loss yesterday in the Super Seniors Division to shoot 73 in the final round and finish alone in eighth. “Not bad for a guy that’s 68 years old, eh?” said Panasik.
In the Super Seniors Division that wrapped up on Wednesday, Don Green of Thornbury, ON outlasted Panasik after making par on the first playoff hole.
Bobby Breen of Brampton, Ont., won the Diamond Division after firing rounds of 73-76 to win by six shots over Don Renaud of Ottawa.
Notes: Spittle and Dave Bell of Windsor, Ont., qualified for the U.S. Senior Open, while Rutledge and Daryl Stubbs of South Delta, BC are currently alternates.
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