Bates Takes Over Ontario Seniors Lead At Loyalist

Dan Bates may be a rookie to the Senior Division of GAO competition but that is not scaring the Mississauga resident away from taking a shot at his first Ontario Senior Men’s Amateur Title.  The Credit Valley Golf & Country Club member surged into the lead in round two yesterday at the Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario.

Bates shot one over par, 73, on Wednesday and with a cumulative score of 143 (70-73) he will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round on Thursday.  Right on his heels is defending champion and round one leader Michael Jackson of Collingwood. Jackson added a 75 on Wednesday to his opening 69.

Dennis Gordon of Bolton remains in third place, two strokes off the pace with a total score of 145 (+1). The Carrying Place Golf and Country Club member delivered a 73 Wednesday on top of Tuesday’s 72 to remain in contention for the 2011 title.

Robert Goss of Welland moved into fourth place at two-over par, while Jim Morton of London sits in fifth place at three-over. Three golfers are tied for sixth place at four-over par; former Ontario Men’s Mid-Amateur champion Michael Mealia of Thornhill, Jim Young of Oakville, and Sandy Billyard of Ridgeville. 2010 runner-up Alisdair Cayley of Burlington is tied for ninth place, six strokes back.

At the conclusion of 36 holes, the initial field of 156 golfers was cut to the low 60 scores and ties, with the cut falling at a cumulative score of 157 (+13) and 61 golfers progressing to Thursday’s final round. The last day of competition will get under way at 7:30 am Thursday with the lead group of Bates, Jackson, and Gordon set to tee off at 10:50 am and the 2011 champion crowned at the conclusion of the round.


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