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Jenkins Ties Course Record in Canada

July 6, 2002

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LASALLE, Ontario (AP) _ Tom Jenkins was feeling a lot better after finishing his round at the Canada Senior Open.

Jenkins tied the course record with an 8-under-par 63 Friday and held a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the tournament he won in 2000.

``I had no expectations this week either as I’ve been a little under the weather,″ Jenkins said. ``I didn’t even do my normal routine this morning. I’ve just been trying to get some rest.″

Jenkins, whose round included an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys, missed a birdie putt at No. 18 that would have given him the course record at the 6,703-yard Essex Golf and Country Club, set by Jerry Pate in the 1976 Canadian Open.

``I knew 63 was the course record when I was on the 18th green,″ said Jenkins, who matched his low round as a senior. ``I thought I made the putt at 18.″

Jenkins, who won the tournament at Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 2000, held a two-stroke lead over Gar Hamilton, the head pro at Mississaugua outside Toronto.

Hamilton rebounded from an opening bogey to shoot a 65, the best score for a Canadian in this event.

``I was nervous starting out, but this is a game of patience,″ he said. ``I really wasn’t in trouble except for the first hole.″

Morris Hatalsky, Bobby Wadkins, Allen Doyle, Tom Wargo and Mark Pfeil were among seven players at 67. Wadkins and Pfeil were the only players not to have a bogey in the opening round.

Bill Kratzert, who turned 50 on June 29, had a 69 in his first round as a senior. The four-time winner on the PGA Tour received a sponsor’s exemption into this tournament.

Don Pooley, who beat Tom Watson in a five-hole playoff at the U.S. Senior Open last week, shot a 1-under 70.

R.W. Eaks, who had a 64 in the first round of the U.S. Senior Open, withdrew after 10 holes Friday with a back injury. He was 4-over when he left the course.

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