Lutz, halfway to 3rd straight Canadian Sr. Amateur

Chip Lutz

After the second round of the Canadian Senior Amateur Championship, Chip Lutz is half-way toward becoming only the third player in history to win the title three years in a row.

Who can blame Chip Lutz for loving his transition from mid-amateur to senior competition? Since celebrating his 55th birthday back in 2010, Lutz has been either near or at the top of the senior amateur rankings.

Currently ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, Lutz continues to prove that he is a dominating force in senior amateur golf.

Survive and advance is the mantra of Lutz who continued his solid play on Canadian soil. After posting a 2-under par 69 on the second day of play, which saw the field cut to the low 70 and ties, Lutz maintained a one shot lead over David Schultz of Calgary, Alberta.

Lutz was off to a good start with two birdies over the first seven holes, but he said a few three-putts got in the way of a round that should have been better.

He started the day on the back 9 and said, “I three-putted No. 17, which was disappointing, but turned and birdied No. 3 to get back to 2-under.”

Despite a few hiccups with his putter, the Reading, Pa., native played fairly consistent.

“It looked like I might get some momentum going but I failed to birdie No. 4 like yesterday and then three-putted again on No. 7," he said.

After a nice approach shot from the greenside bunker on the par-5 9th hole, Lutz drained a crucial birdie putt to break free of a tie with Calgary’s Dave Schultz.

“That really helped to have a little more of a positive feel after finishing an average day that felt like it was going to be better but never materialized,” the two-time defending champion said. “I’m just happy to play my game and see where it falls. I only hope to be close at the end and that I’ll have a chance coming down the stretch.”

Schultz trails Lutz by a single stroke after posting a 2-under 69 on Wednesday. The Calgary native carded five birdies during his second round and will be paired with Lutz in the last group tomorrow.

“I’m going to have fun, chase him and see what happens,” Schultz said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

In the 36-hole super senior division, Robert Fugere of Gatineau, Quebec, defeated Walt Martin of Oakton, Va., on the third sudden-death playoff hole.

After finishing the day tied at 6-over for the championship, Fugere, the Canadian Senior Men’s Champion in 2005, sank a short birdie putt on the par-4 10th hole to earn his first Super Senior title.

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