Cayley trails Senior’s leader by six strokes

Burlington’s Alasdar Cayley was sitting in third place after two rounds of the Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Amateur Golf Championship on Thursday (Aug. 9).

Cayley, who plays out of the Toronto Golf Club, had a two round total of 146 (75-71) on the Midland Golf and Country Club. He trails the leader, Mississauga resident and five-time Ontario Amateur champion Warren Sye, by six strokes.

Sye, a member of the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame with two Canadian Amateur Championship titles under his belt, had an up and down second round performance with three birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey amidst rainy conditions. His total score of 140 (68-72) gives him a four stroke lead over the field of Ontario’s best male amateur golfers age 55 and over heading into Friday’s third and final round.

Ridgeville resident Sandy Billyard carded the best round of the day with an even par 70 to move up the leader board into second place. The Hunters Point Golf Course member is looking to improve on his 2011 result where he finished tied for eighth. Billyard sits with a total score of 144 (74-70), four-over par.

Cayley, the 2010 runnerup, is followed by Rick Dodds-Hebron of Brampton and Tom Hodgins of Newmarket who are tied for fourth at seven-over par. Following Thursday’s play the field was cut to the low 60 golfers and ties, with the cut falling at a total score of 159.

The Investors Group Ontario Senior Men’s Championship is contested annually and 2012 marks the 77th playing of the event, and the tournament serves as a qualifying event for the Canadian Men’s Senior Championship, hosted this year at Le Griffon des Sources in Mirabel, QC on August 28-31.

Scores for other area golfers included Lars Melander of Oakville (Hidden Lake GC) with scores of 78 and 74 for a 152 total which left him in a tie for 17th place with Hamilton’s Dominic Marchesano. The Wildfire GC member shot 75 and 77. Tied for 24th was Robert Goss of Welland and the Peninsula Lakes GC with rounds of 77 and 76 (153); tied in 29th is Reg Finlayson of Georgetown and The Club at North Halton (77, 77 – 154); tied for 47th is the trio of: Public course player Tim Lee of Ancaster (79, 78 for 157); Chris Ingram of Burlington and Wyldewood G&CC (77, 80 – 157), and Desmond Brady, Vineland Station and Lookout Point CC (73, 84 – 157). In the 53rd spot is Oakville’s Larry Cooper, 82 76 (158).

Not making the cut were: Dan Gagliardi, Ancaster; Jim FitzGerald, Carlisle; Bill Simmons, Burlington; Paul Alexander, Oakville; Michael Pogor, Burlington; Mark Ruzycki, Ancaster; Les Westlake, St. Catharines; Ted Acton, Hamilton; and Scott Murfitt, Oakville.