If you're looking for a group to follow at the Canadian PGA Seniors Championship at The Marshes Golf Club at the Brookstreet Resort, the 10th tee at 8:10 a.m. today wouldn't be a bad place to start.
The threesome teeing off for the first round of the 54-hole national championship will include defending champion Yvan Beauchemin, Champions Tour veteran Rod Spittle and local favourite and 2006 Seniors champ Graham Gunn.
You will see some birdies. You will be entertained.
Beauchemin, one of the most decorated club pros out of Quebec, won the tournament in his first year of eligibility last year. He's the only four-time winner of the Canadian PGA Club Professional Championship and the only player to have won it three years in a row (1994-96).
Spittle, of Niagara Falls, has played 25 tournaments on the Champions Tour in the last four years and earned about $480,000. In 2007, he made 13 cuts, had a second-place finish and finished 53rd on the money list. He had a great amateur career, winning back-to-back Canadian Amateur titles in 1977-78.
Gunn is a former champion and is regrouping for another run at the European Senior Tour, planning to take another crack at Q-School this November after missing his card by two shots two years ago and just a shot last year.
"I'm looking forward to playing," said Gunn, who is teaching at the Orleans Golf Academy this summer after a couple of years trying to get onto the Champions Tour, which is all but a closed shop if you weren't a winner on the PGA Tour. "Things are starting to come along after starting a new career in teaching. One of the things I like is I can still play, and I don't miss the driving (from tournament to tournament)."
Rivermead's 16-year-old Maxime Marengere put up a 72 yesterday at Hautes Plaines on the heels of a 66 at Anderson Links Tuesday to post the low score of 138 at the OVGA's junior and juvenile championships, winning the juvenile title. With both the juveniles and the juniors playing from the blue tees (6,035 yards) at Haute Plaines yesterday, the junior title was won by 18-year-old Matt Courchene of Mississippi with a round of 68 for a total of 143. Emily Peters of Brockville won the girls title with rounds of 73-77 while 12-year-old Eric Marshall of Ottawa Hunt won the peewee title with rounds of 81 and 79 for a total of 160.