Calgary’s Stephen Ames top Canuck at Canadian Open

Calgary’s Stephen Ames was at 6-under and holding top Canuck honours at the RBC Canadian Open when rain stopped play Friday at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Golfer Stephen Ames tees off on the second hole during the Pro-Am round of the Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville

OAKVILLE, Ont. — Calgary’s Stephen Ames was at 6-under and holding top Canuck honours at the RBC Canadian Open when rain stopped play Friday at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Ames made a bogey on the par-3 4th hole — he started his second round on the par-4 10th — to drop a shot before the imminent threat of lightning forced the second weather delay in two days.

That came on the heels of a strong run that included three second-round birdies.

American Jerry Kelly led at 11-under, through the 13th hole of his second round when the skies opened.

Earlier in the day, Ames capped his rain-delayed first round with a crowd-pleasing 18th-hole eagle from the fairway for a 4-under 68.

Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., fired a first-round 69 to sit at 3-under, but had yet to tee it up for the second round. Graham Delaet of Weyburn, Sask., was 3-under for his second round and 2-under for the tournament, nine shots off the pace.

Also waiting to start their second rounds were amateur sensation Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., at 2-under, and veteran Mike Weir, also of Bright’s Grove, who shot a 71.

Stuart Anderson of Victoria and Graham Delaet of Weyburn, Sask., were also playing in their second round and sat at 1-under.

Rain delayed the first round of the tournament for more than seven hours Thursday and forced the field to try and play catch up. The second round didn’t start until Friday afternoon and won’t be completed until Saturday morning.

The wet conditions left the par-72 Glen Abbey layout virtually defenceless.

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