Late in Wednesday’s second round of the Guardian Capital Senior Men’s Golf Championship at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club. Pete Duncan was feeling good about the way things were going.
He was at even par following the 14th hole, which left him only five strokes off the lead. But then things changed. A thunder storm came through, shutting the course down for an hour and once Duncan got back out everything changed.
“Before the storm I was feeling comfortable and was in a rhythm,” he explained. “I was one-under at one point (following a birdie on 11) but then three-putted for a bogey on 13, but was still even par with four holes remaining and feeling good.
“But then the delay came and I never did find my rhythm again. I never made a par over the final four holes with three bogeys and a birdie. I just didn’t hit good shots.”
Duncan, who turns 67 in less than a month, admitted he stiffened up during the break, plus the wet course didn’t help matters.
“None of us played the course that well coming in, although I’m not sure how everyone reacts, I just know how I react. I was stiff and it was hard to hit the shots I was thinking about.
“As well there was mud on the ball, which we couldn’t remove, and the greens were noticeably slower. It was a different course in terms of speed.”
Duncan came in with a two-over 74, which left him in a tie for 13th with a seven-over 151.
“I’m pleased, the two-over is respectable,” added Duncan. “I was looking to make the cut in the first place and be respectable with the rest of the Red Deer guys.”
Jim Russell of Calgary Bearspaw, who had a one-over 73, and David Schultz of Calgary’s Country Hills, who had a one-under 71, are tied for first with a one-under 143.
Russell won the tournament in 2011, was fourth in 2012, fifth in 2013 and second last year to Camrose’s Frank Van Dornick, who missed this year because of health problems.
Dave Crowshaw of Calgary Glencoe Club is third at (73-73) 146 with Howard Broun of Calgary’s Earl Grey Club at (75-72) 147.
Red Deer’s Ken Evanecz shot an even par 72 and is tied for fifth at 148 along with Kelly Cowan of Earl Grey (78-70) and 2013 champion Floyd Kilgore of the Mighty Peace (70-78).
Merv Dusyk of the RDGCC had a 75 Wednesday and is tied with Frank Mackenzie of the Edmonton Glendale Club, for eighth at 149, one stroke up on RDGCC’s Tom Skinner (74-76), Kelly Risling of Desert Blume of Medicine Hat (73-77) and Pat Feeney of High River (77-73).
Eric Brodie of the RDGCC (tie for 15, 75-77—152), Keith Newton of Olds (tie for 19th, 77-77—154), Dale Bingham of the RDGCC (tie for 24th, 78-77—155), Bob Mullen of Red Deer (tie for 34th, 78-78—156) and Les Swelin of Sundre (tie for 54th, 81-79—160), all made the cut, which included the top 60 and ties.
Duncan enjoys the fact there’s a number of local competitors involved in the 54-hole event, as well as the fact it’s at his home course.
“The fact it’s here is the reason I’m here,” he said. “I got a course exemption. It’s enjoyable to see a number of familiar faces and touch base with a number of them. I don’t see a lot of guys any more because I backed off the tournament stuff. I just don’t travel to play.
“A lot of guys have a similar frame of mind as me. Once they get over 65 they lose a bit of focus and find it harder to play tournament golf.”
Rick Young of Sundre (80-83—163), Ron Skoreyko of Lacombe (78-89—167), Boman Husted of the RDGCC (83-84—167), Tim McKinlay Sr. of Lacombe (82-87—169) and Tim Gyori of the RDGCC (88-84—172) missed the cut.,
Action resumes today at 7 a.m. with the top-three leaders going off at 10:20.