In quest of his fifth Mr. Lube PGA Seniors’ Championship, it should come as no surprise that Jim Rutledge leads after the first round.
The soon-to-be 58-year-old from Victoria posted a five-under 65 at Burlington Golf and Country Club in Burlington, Ont., and leads by a shot over Gar Hamilton.
“I had a few chances over the first five or six holes to make a birdie, but I stayed patient and made a good on one on number eight and that got me rolling for a good back nine,” said Rutledge.
Rutledge is a former winner on the Web.com Tour, has six Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada titles and is a former PGA Championship of Canada winner.
However, Rutledge’s run for his fifth PGA Seniors’ title won’t be easy, with Hamilton nipping at his heels.
Hamilton, who will turn 68-years-old later this month, is a four-time PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada winner and has won the PGA Seniors’ Championship of Canada.
Hamilton attributed his fine first-round play to rolling it well on Burlington’s impressive greens.
“The greens roll very true, but you have to watch these slopes because they’re some pretty speedy situations out there,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton leads the Super Senior division as well, holding a five-shot lead over Jerry Anderson of Credit Valley Golf and Country Club in Mississauga, Ont.
Past PGA of Canada president Ian Clarke leads the Diamond Division.
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