Dorion hopes to honour dad

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

Dale Dorion figures his team has an big advantage at the Ottawa Sun Scramble City Championship.

Dorion's dad, Bill, passed away Wednesday after a battle with cancer and Dale said he figured his dad was watching over them and helping out yesterday.

"We have a third guy on our team. Maybe we should be disqualified," he said yesterday after he combined with partner Eric Smith in the two-man scramble format for a 10-under-par 62 at Eagle Creek Golf Course.

They are just one shot behind defending champions Allen McGee and Kyle Koski, who had a 61, heading into today's final round.

Bill Dorion, 63, was a popular guy on the local Slammer Tour, combining with Dale to win the first Father-Son Championship in 2004 (the Father-Son Championship will now bear his name, The Billy-Dee Cup) and was known to many as a marshal at Loch March and an usher in section 101 at Scotiabank Place at Ottawa Senators games.

"He had the best jobs, working at Loch March, Golf Town and Scotiabank Place," said Dale, 39. "He loved his golf."

Dale said his dad's memorial service was planned for yesterday, but the church hall wasn't available, so it will be held tomorrow.

"I almost didn't play because we were trying to schedule the service for (yesterday)," said Dorion. "But if I didn't play, I would have just been sitting around. Dad would have wanted me to play in this."

Dorion and Smith were 3-under after the front nine and then shot 29 on the back nine, starting with a run of birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from the 10th tee.

Koski and McGee turned in nines of 31-30, featuring eagles on the seventh and 12th holes.

"We've got the advantage. The pressure's all on them," said Koski, firing a good-natured barb. "We'll be playing from the tips and we play them all the time. It favours us ... I hope. And, of course, McGee's going to make more putts (today)."

Koski's iron play was strong yesterday, "the best it's been in a long time," he said. "Allen was good off the tee. It was a fun day."

McGee had to deal with the distraction of hearing about friend Chris Bernard, part of the second-place team last year with George Norlock, being taking to hospital in an ambulance just before Bernard was to tee off.

Bernard was feeling dizzy and nauseous and was taken to Queensway-Carleton Hospital. He was suffering from vertigo, but McGee said he's expected to be all right.

"It distracted Allen a lot," said Koski. "He had to back off a few shots. It was good to hear (Bernard) was going to be okay."

Two shots back at 63 is the team of John Bourassa and Robert Taylor. Trevor Scott and Mark Carrier are at 64 and three teams are at 65: Peter Synishin/Derek Maclean; Scott Johnson/Jim Bursey and Bill Arvanitis/Charles Garland.

The top 20 teams and ties in the open division made the cut at 70 with the remaining 35 teams going into the B Flight.

In the seniors' division, defending champions Rene Gareau and Mauril Gauthier are tied for the lead with John Burke and Lu Ravalico at 4-under 68. Larry Skinner and David Skinner are tied for third with Mike O'Farrell and Jim Delahunty at 69. Larry Robertson/Elwood Johnston and Mike Chevrier/Dave Saunders are tied for fifth at 70.

NOTES: Six players will shoot for $1 million today in the Pro Putt Ottawa Million Dollar Hole-in-One. They will shoot from 168 yards from the middle of the ninth fairway. Joining the qualifiers yesterday were Mark Crispen, Jim Kocoris, Bill Arvanitis and Luc Lemery.


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