Bunker and Jensen record opening round 65’s to lead by two shots
Pemberton, B.C. – Dave Bunker and Stephen Jensen both fired opening rounds of 7-under 65 to finish Tuesday as co-leaders in the 2023 Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, presented by BDO at Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton, B.C.
Bunker of Ridgeway, Ont. who has enjoyed success in the men’s senior championship in recent years, finishing sixth last year and fourth in 2021, recorded eight birdies and only one bogey in his opening round for a share of the lead.
Jensen of England, who won the 2022 English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship, recorded nine birdies during his round on Tuesday. After a bogey on the second hole, Jensen responded with back-to-back birdies on the third and fourth hole. He went on to card back-to-back birdies again on six and seven and once on the back nine, on holes 15 and 16.
The duo takes a two-shot lead into Wednesday’s second round, ahead of 2018 runner-up Pete Detemple of Callaway, Md. who shot a 5-under 67. Doug Hanzel, runner-up in 2017 is three back following a 4-under 68; the Savannah, Ga. native also leads the Super Senior division by four shots. Two-time Canadian Senior Championship winner (2019, 2017) Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, Iowa is fifth in the Senior division following a 3-under 69.
The national championship features a field of 156 golfers competing for the John Rankin Memorial Trophy over 72 holes of stroke-play with a cut after 36 holes on Wednesday. The Super Senior Championship is contested concurrently over the four rounds of the championship. The champion will receive an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
Team Alberta is looking to claim their third consecutive Senior Inter-Provincial Team Championship and will take a four shot lead heading into Wednesday’s final round of team play. Ken Griffith of Red Deer, Alta. is the lone returning player on this year’s team and shot a 2-under 70. His teammates consist of Brian Laubman and James Varnam, both of Edmonton. Laubman also recorded a 2-under 70 to count towards the team score on Tuesday. Team New Brunswick sit second at even par while Team Ontario is at 2-over to round out the top three. The team championship was added to the tournament in 1977 and runs concurrently through the first 36 holes of the competition.
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