Aces wild in warmup for CPGA

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:53 AM ET

They might want to think about setting up The Marshes Golf Club at the Brookstreet Resort a little tougher today.

Barry Laphen of the Camelot Golf and Country Club and Andre Harvey of Gatineau both potted holes-in-one in the pro-am for the Mitel Canadian PGA Seniors Championship yesterday.

"We might have to make them play from the golds (back tees)," joked Vince Carbert, The Marshes' director of golf.

The first round of the 36-hole championship gets under way today.

Laphen used a 7-iron on the 12th hole -- his group's second of the day -- for his ace, the fifth of his career.

"It hit and spun back into the hole," said Laphen. "Not a bad way to start the day."

Harvey had his hole-in-one on the 17th hole. Like the ads say, these guys are good.

Among the favourites among Canada's top players 50 and older hitting the course today are Graham Gunn of the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club, who's fresh off the U.S. Senior Open, former PGA Tour regular Dan Halldorson, defending champion Adam Brown and recent Canadian Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Bob Panasik, one of the runners-up last year.

Gunn missed the cut at the U.S. Open, but was still raving yesterday about the experience.

"Unparalleled," he said, "from the immensity of the event and the fact you're playing in a major and playing in those conditions. The rough was 4-6 inches everywhere from off the fairway to off the green.

'A RUINED MAN'

"It demanded discipline. It was a great experience. They treated us royally. I'm a ruined man."

Gunn, who expects to attend the Champions Tour qualifying school again this fall, said he'll take some of the lessons he learned at the U.S. Open onto the course today.

"My biggest trouble was I couldn't get out of my own way," he said. "I wanted it so bad. I wanted to be perfect when the 'A' game would have been fine. I broke all the rules."

Gunn will tee off in a group with Halldorson and Ron Janes of Toronto this morning at 10:30 a.m.

Tee times run from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


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