Marshes poses test for seniors

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

Defending CPGA seniors champion Adam Brown was to get his first look at The Marshes yesterday when Graham Gunn offered a suggestion.

"I told Adam we're just going to go straight from No. 1 to No. 3," said Gunn, the pro at the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club.

Naturally, Gunn was kidding. But who could blame any competitor for wanting to skip the 615-yard, par-5 No. 2 hole when they play in the 2005 Canadian PGA seniors, to be held Aug. 4-5 at the Kanata layout.

Bypassing a hole, of course, isn't allowed, so the field will have to be ready for a difficult challenge at The Marshes -- the last course designed by Robert Trent Jones II.

Brown, the champion last year at the difficult Dundas Valley track in Hamilton, was in town yesterday along with CPGA officials to announce Mitel as the title sponsor for the event.

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He was looking forward to getting a look at The Marshes on Media Day.

"I've heard a lot of good things about this course," said Brown, the head pro at The National in Toronto.

The seniors will play the course at approximately 6,300 yards instead of its full length of 7,026, but they will still be faced with difficult greens and the need to make accurate shots.

"This course is going to stand up very well," said Tony Dunn, vice-president of golf and business development at The Marshes. "We're not going to have it playing at length because we want these guys to be able to make good shots."

Dunn has spoken with Canadian greats Ray Stewart, Dan Halldorson and Jim Nelford to see if they'd be interested in playing in the tournament.

"What we'd like to have is some recognizable names in the field to help bring the event more notoriety," said Dunn. "Hopefully, we're going to be able to get these guys to participate."


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