The Marshes testing field

BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

Judging by the crowd at the top of the leaderboard, there will be a lot of drama at this weekend's Casino du Lac-Leamy Invitational at The Marshes.

Seven players -- including local pro Martin Brunet of Hautes Plaines -- opened with rounds of even-par 72 to share the lead at the QGA Tour event at the 7,000-yard layout in Kanata.

Royal Bromont's Jerome Blaines, Remi Bouchard of Le Mirage, Jean-Louis Lamarre of Le Fontainebleau, Belle-Vue's Eric Landreville, Chris Learmonth of Elm Ridge and Bob Panasik of Hydeaway joined Brunet atop the leaderboard at the 54-hole event.

"If you were able to shoot 67 on this course today, then you probably could have won the tournament,'' said Panasik, 63, a three-time Canadian senior champion from Windsor. ''If you've got a good putter, you can make some low numbers, but it's playing really difficult.

"This course was playing tough. The greens are big and your ball can start rolling all over the place. What you've got to do out there is avoid the three-putts. This course is only going to get tougher as the weekend goes on. This is a tremendous test for all of us."

Graham Gunn of the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club and Ian Doig of the Ontario PGA sit one shot back at 73. Seven others -- including Cornwall's Bob Flaro and Camelot's Luke Saunders -- are at 74.

PERRY sets RECORD: At Fort Worth, Tex., Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 63 for his best round of the year, moving into the lead at the Colonial with a 12-under 128. That is the 36-hole scoring record at the Colonial, where Perry also holds the overall scoring record of 19 under for his 2003 victory. D.J. Trahan (67) and Ted Purdy (65) were tied for second at 9 under. First-round leader Patrick Sheehan was 10 strokes worse, a 72 leaving him six strokes back. Calgary's Stephen Ames had a 68 and is tied for 64th at 2 under. Mike Weir of Bright's Grove shot a 74 and missed the cut at 7-over.

ROOKIES SOAR: At New Rochelle, N.Y., Paula Creamer (68) and Joo Mi Kim (65), the leading rookies on the LPGA Tour, were among four players tied for the lead after two rounds of the Sybase Classic. First-round leader Christina Kim (72) and Gloria Park (70) were also at 5-under 137 after two trips around the Wykagyl Country Club course. Nancy Harvey of Swift Current, Sask., was the top Canadian after a 71 left her tied for 18th at 2 over.

CHIP SHOTS: Greg Norman withdrew from next week's Senior PGA Championship, postponing his debut on the 50-and-over circuit while he recovers from back surgery ... Dana Quigley tied a Champions Tour record with eight consecutive birdies in a 7-under 65 and held the lead in the rain-delayed Bruno's Memorial Classic at Hoover, Ala. Forty-two of the 78 players still must complete their opening rounds today ... Stephen Dodd shot a 2-under 70 and took a one-stroke lead with a 5-under 139 total at the Irish Open in Maynooth, Ireland.


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