Carter solidly in third at Senior championships

Sam McNeish
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It was a tougher day Thursday for Amherst's Gary Carter, Sr. at the Canadian Senior Men's Golf Championships.

Peterborough, Ont. - It was a tougher day Thursday for Amherst's Gary Carter, Sr. at the Canadian Senior Men's Golf Championships.

The first-time senior competitor roared out of the gate on Wednesday, carding a two-under round of 69 buoyed by five birdies and an eagle.

Thursday saw the soft-spoken Carter card a four-over round of 75 to sit at two over 144 heading into the weekend.

AndrÉ GagnÉ of Boischatel, Que. shot a second-round 2-over 73 to help lead Quebec to victory in the Inter-provincial Team component of the 46th Canadian Men's Senior Championship, conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA).

The Quebec foursome of GagnÉ (67-73), Moe Proulx of Gatineau (76-77), Yves Poirier of Valleyfield (86-82) and Gerald Allaire of Bromont (75-73) shot a team-total 223 on Thursday and 441 (+15) overall at Kawartha Golf and Country Club to outlast runner-up Nova Scotia (446) by five strokes.

The victory for Quebec was the province's sixth Senior title and third in the past 10 years. The host Ontario team finished alone in third at 449 while defending champion Alberta (454) and British Columbia (460) rounded out the top five.

GagnÉ, winner of the 2003 Canadian Senior and opening-round leader to start the day, also holds a single-stroke lead in the overall Senior stroke play championship with a score of two under through 36 holes of tournament play.

Sitting alone at one under is England's David Lane, a renowned international player with British and European Senior titles to his credit.

Former Mid-Amateur champion Frank Van Dornick of Camrose, Alta. holds a share of third at two over with Amherst's Carter while amateur legend Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que. is tied for fifth with Eric Brodie of Red Deer, Alta. at three over.

Organizations: Canadian Senior Men, Royal Canadian Golf Association, Kawartha Golf and Country Club

Geographic location: Quebec, Peterborough, Boischatel Nova Scotia Ontario British Columbia England Camrose Hudson Red Deer

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