American Lutz goes for 'hat trick' at Canadian Senior

Chip Lutz after successfully defending his Canadian Men's Senior Championship in 2012.

American senior golfing standout Chip Lutz, of Reading, Pa. (No. 2 in the Golfweek Senior Amateur Rankings), starts his quest for a hat trick when he tees off in the Canadian Men's Senior Championship at the Briars Golf Club in Sutton West, Ontario.

If Lutz successfully defends his title again, he will join Canadian golfing legends Nick Weslock and Bob Wylie as the only players winning the championship three consecutive years.

The Briars Golf Club, located on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe in Jackson's Point, less than an hour from Toronto, is a 6,347-yard, par-71 Stanley Thompson design dating to 1922.

"Our fairways are fairly narrow and the green sites are small, so the course favors a straighter hitter," said Frank Campanelli, the club's general manager.

"This year's Canadian Men's Senior Championship has a field of talented players looking to showcase their skills on an outstanding golf course," said Cam Crawford, Golf Canada's tournament director. "The Briars Golf Club is a fantastic layout that will certainly challenge this field of elite competitors, and we're looking forward to another great championship."

Along with Lutz, the championship field includes a strong contingent of American players ranked inside the top 100 of Golfweek's Senior Amateur Rankings, including No. 15 Cyrus Whitney of Oro Valley, Ariz., No. 22 John O'Malley of Mantoloking, N.J., No. 53 Bill Barnes of Carmel, Ind., and No. 87 Ken Larney of Orlando Park, Ill.

The 2013 Canadian Men's Senior Championship is open to male amateur golfers who have turned 55 by Aug. 27, 2013. The winner also earns an exemption into the 2013 USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Sept. 21-26 at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, N.C.

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