Chip Lutz prevailed on day one of the Canadian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship after posting an opening round of 4-under par 67.
Lutz sits alone at the top of the leaderboard, with his hopes of a hat-trick still intact and a one-shot lead over David Schultz of Calgary, Alberta.
Entering the championship as the highest ranked player on Golfweek’s Senior Amateur Rankings at No. 2, Lutz, carded an opening round 33-34, making 67 his lowest score in a major championship this year.
After getting off to a rocky start on Tuesday afternoon by missing an 18-inch par putt on the first hole, Lutz rebounded posting a front nine 3-under 33.
“It’s a good start and a good opening round to get going even though it didn’t really look that way after the first hole,” Lutz said. “I gathered it and birdied No. 4 to get that back and then finished with a birdie on No. 8 and an eagle on No. 9.
“The back nine got a little jerky,” Lutz said. “I started out with a bogey on No. 10, birdied No. 11 and No. 12 and then had a three-putt bogey on the 14th which was really disappointing.”
He went on to say, “I just kind of forgot the pace and ran it by but I birdied No. 15 and pared out with good saves on 17 and 18.”
So after his opening round lead on a strategic style of golf course that doesn’t necessarily favor a lot of players in the field, the question is – can Lutz win the championship for a third straight time?
In the Super Senior division, Michel Riverin, of Brossard, Quebec shot a 36-35–71 to take a two stroke lead over retired navy captain, Walt Martin of Oakton, Va., who carded 36-37–73.