Picture Butte, Alberta – First the good news: Burlington’s Bill Simmons played better during Wednesday’s second round of the Canadian Men’s Senior Match Play Championship. He followed his opening round 79 with a 78 on Wednesday.
And now for the bad news. His two-round total of 157 heading into today’s third effort, is 19 strokes back of leader
Steve Earsley of Stuart, Florida.
Simmons ran into trouble on the back nine where he had six bogeys that left him in a tie for 66th place.
The 58-year-old Earsley, who was in third place when the day started, fired a four-under par 68 for a two-day total of 138 to thwart a challenge from fellow countrymen Bob Lutz of Jerome, Idaho, and Norman Swenson of Linville, North Carolina. Lutz shot a blistering 66 and Swenson was almost as hot with his 67.
Those scores left Lutz in second place (140) and Swenson in third (141) at the Picture Butte Golf Course.