Daily Herald Staff
Typically, shooting one’s age is a major accomplishment for a senior golfer. Jim Scissons shattered that mantra on Tuesday when the 73-year-old from Saskatoon fired a two-under-par 68 to lead all golfers after the first round of the Conexus Senior Men’s Lobstick at the Waskesiu Lake Golf Course.
Scissons, who has won multiple Lobstick titles over the years in addition to his five Saskatchewan Men’s Amateur championships, leads the Super Senior category by nine shots entering Wednesday’s second round of the 54-hole medal-play event. Scissons had a bogey-free round with birdies on No. 5 and 15 making him the lone golfer to finish below par.
Scissons’s score was even three better than Murray Osborn from Saskatoon, the first-round leader of the regular senior championship. Osborn had a one-over-par 71 to hold a one-shot lead over three-time defending Senior Men’s Lobstick champion Colin Coben from Delisle.
A member of the Saskatchewan and Saskatoon sports halls of fames, Scissons holds his nine-shot cushion over Art Goodwin and Frank Hilbert, both from Saskatoon. John Hemstad of Prince Albert is next at 78 as is Jules Hrapchuk from Saskatoon.
In the regular senior draw there is a large group at 73, two shots back of Osborn and Coben.
Former Men’s Lobstick champion Kirk McGregor from Regina is in that group along with Percy Murray from Delisle, Fred Smith from Saskatoon, Doug Kozak from Regina, Doug Piper from Saskatoon and John Wedge from Toronto.
Two more golfers are in at 74 and another pair fired 75s with Garry Hagen being Prince Albert’s top shooter in the regular senior draw after he carded a 78 on Tuesday.
All 227 golfers will return to the course on Wednesday for the second round of qualifying with flights to be determined following Wednesday’s action. The final round will be played on Thursday with flight winners to be determined from their 54-hole totals.