Young Canucks rise to occasion

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

ANCASTER -- Not all the maple leaves fell from the trees with a thud at the Canadian Open.

No Mike Weir, no Stephen Ames -- no problem.

The Canadian flag of contention now rests in the hands of David Hearn, Brantford's pride and joy, who shot a three-under-par 67 yesterday to move to minus-4 and within three shots of the lead.

However, the Amazin' Victor Ciesielski, a 21-year-old amateur from Cambridge, continued to swivel heads as he aced the 210-yard sixth hole with a three-iron -- he started on the back nine -- and shot even-par 70 and made the cut by two shots.

Richard Scott, the Canadian amateur champ, shot a second consecutive 69 and also is at 138 (two-under par).

"It was right at it then one hop and in," an excited Ciesielski said. "That's my second one but the only one that counts."

He said he felt the pressure unlike Thursday.

"Yesterday I was carefree," Ciesielski said. "Today with all the hype, being on TSN and Sportsnet, I wanted to play well and not shoot a 78."

Hearn, 27, a PGA Tour member in 2005, now toils on the Nationwide Tour and is hopeful that he can use this week as a stepping stone for a successful fall finish.

"We got out there this morning and there was more wind than we expected," said Hearn, perhaps speaking for the entire field. "I knew a good round today would go a long way and I just tried to hit the ball as solidly as I did yesterday because yesterday I hit the ball really, really well and maybe left a few out there. But today I feel like I got a few of those back."

Now that he has made his first goal of making the cut, Hearn is looking forward to bigger things this weekend.

"I feel like if I keep hitting it solid and playing the way I have been and the putts go my way then I can be in contention," he said. "But I just want to put together four good rounds and see how that shakes out."

Hearn, who had five birdies against two bogeys, said he's not about to change his approach for the final two rounds.

"I'm just going to play the way I have the last two days," he said. "I don't feel like I need to change my game plan. I'm going to try to hit a lot of fairways and greens. I really didn't hit too many today (seven of 14) so hopefully I'll do a better job tomorrow.

"I'm happy with my game and today on the back nine I played well when I needed to and hopefully I'll just continue doing that."


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