Gunning for PGA sr. title

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

Graham Gunn wanted to stay in touch with the leaders after Day 1 of the Mitel Canadian PGA Seniors Championship at The Marshes yesterday. Mission accomplished for the 50-year-old pro from the Carleton Golf and Yacht Club.

Gunn had a 3-under-par 69 yesterday and is tied for the lead with Hocan Olsson of Otterburn Park, QC, and John Irwin of Winsloe, PEI, going into today's final round.

"You just don't want anybody to get away on the first day," said Gunn, who played in the U.S. Senior Open last week. "You want to stay in range. It's like a chess game."

A windy one. The wind whipped across the course, much of which is treeless and exposed, but the leaders obviously did a good job of handling the blustery conditions.

"I did well in the British Senior Open (in 2002, finishing second) where it was windy because I don't hit the ball overly high," said Irwin, who finished second in this event when it was held at Carleton in 2002. "Sometimes that short, flat backswing works for you."

Irwin, who still has status on the European Senior Tour and makes a couple of trips there a year, is a seasoned competitor. He hit 17 greens yesterday and didn't make a bogey.

Olsson has been at the top of the leaderboard before. He led after the first round last year and wound up tied for seventh.

"If I could copy (yesterday) and not play today, I'd take that," said Olsson, who recovered nicely from a double bogey on the par-5 10th hole with a birdie-birdie finish.

It shapes up to be a good finish today.

The leading trio (which will tee off as the last group around noon today) is one shot ahead of Dan Clark of Aurora and two ahead of Claude Tremblay of Blainville, QC.

In a group of four golfers at 72 are three-time champ Bob Panasik of Windsor (who finished second last year), Gar Hamilton of Mississauga, Terry Miskolczi of Toronto and John Rushnell of Manilla.

Among local competitors, Andre Harvey of Gatineau was at 74, Harry Hereford of Arnprior had a 78 and Kanata's Barry Laphen a 79.


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