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STEVE BUFFERY AND KEN FIDLIN

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- Stephen Ames is at five-under-par, seven shots off the lead and a little bummed that the Angus Glen greens have been kept soft and slow by PGA Tour standards. The Canadian believes the pin placements have been put in spots that would be almost unplayable if the greens were firm and fast.

"It's still very wet out there," he said after shooting 69 yesterday. "They're just exceptionally slow and soft. It's either the PGA or the RCGA or the superintendent. It's not the superintendent's fault, that's for sure. He's not here, unfortunately." Angus Glen superintendent Ernie Amsler died Tuesday at the age of 66.

- Canadian Chris Baryla got a rude surprise when he finished his round yesterday, discovering that he had been assessed a two-stroke penalty at the 12th hole for what was deemed an improper drop. Instead of a 72, Baryla had to sign for a 74 and sits at one over par. Baryla's tee shot rolled into a drain about 140 yards from the green. Players are usually allowed relief from French drains, which are lined with stones, but not from regular drains, which have no surface rocks. Baryla thought it was a French drain and playing partner John Merrick concurred. Unknown to Baryla, rules officials had already deemed the area not to be a French drain. "There were rules officials in the area and I'm sure Chris will be consulting them in the future," RCGA rules chair Jack McDonald said. "It just confirms," said Baryla, "that, no matter how simple the ruling, you need to call a rules official. In the end, it's my fault."


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