Simmlands Senior Spring Championship Underway in Sarnia

6/8/2009

Craig Marseilles Leads First Round of the
Simmlands Senior Spring Championship

(Sarnia, Ont., June 8, 2009) - Craig Marseilles (Heritage Hills) shot a 2-under-par 69 to take the first round lead at the Ontario PGA Senior Spring Championship. Marseilles, who relied on his solid course management skills, hit 13 greens at Huron Oaks just outside of Sarnia.

"I played very steady today and only really had one mistake," said Marseilles, referring to his bogey on the par 3 fourth hole.

Marseilles, a long time Canadian PGA Member, had a conditional Champions Tour card in 2008 but only managed to gain entry into one event. At the beginning of this season Marseilles ended his touring career and has since transferred into the Canadian PGA ELITE apprentice program working at Heritage Hills just outside of Barrie.

"I've been gaining confidence with every round this year," said Marseilles who currently sits in fourth position on the AUR Ontario PGA Money list. "If I can continue to keep the mistakes to a minimum and make a few putts I think I have a good chance to win," added Marseilles.

Ken Girard continued his domination of the Diamond division (70 years plus) after shooting 1-under-par 70. Rod Goodes is Girard's closest rival sitting two shots behind shooting 72. If Girard wins tomorrow it will be his seventh win in nine tries in the diamond division.

Other notable scores from Huron Oaks included 1-under-par 70 from reigning Ontario PGA Seniors' Champion Ken Tarling (Ken Tarling Golf Academy). Bob Beauchemin (Oakdale Academy) and P.W. Kennedy (Deerhurst Highlands) shot matching 72's while 2008 Champion John Schmidt (Chippewa) posted a 2-over-par 73. Host Professional Steve Bennett (Huron Oaks) shot a 3-over-par 74.

Notes: Rain swept through Bright's Grove today which halted play at approximately 11:30 am and continued at 1:30 pm. The Bamboomer Long Drive qualifier was Ken Fulton.

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