Ward off to slow start in Calgary

Kitchen Creek champion Greg Ward shot a pair of 79s on Tuesday and Wednesday in the first two rounds of the Canadian Club Champions Championship in Calgary.
After Thursday’s third round, the 120 amateurs competing at the par-72 Springbank Links will be dwindled down to the top 70 scores and ties in preparation for tomorrow’s final round.
Ward was sitting in 65th place at 14-over going into action today.
Michelle Chaisson, tournament director for the Royal Canadian Golf Association, said there’s a logjam of golfers who are tied in that 65th to 66th placings.
Ward had a shaky start on the opening day Tuesday, bogeying the first three holes to fall behind early. His lone birdie came on the par-four fourth hole.
The tourney pits the club champions from across the country. Ward earned a berth after capturing his second-straight Kitchen Creek title last September.
This is his second taste of this amateur tournament. Last year, he made the cut and finished 25th overall in Nova Scotia.
Rob DeGagne from Thunder Bay Country Club, the only other golfer competing there from Northwestern Ontario, was tied for 90th spot going into play today.
Dan Soley of Red Deer, Alta., continues to lead after carding a five-under 67 on Tuesday (his score from yesterday’s round was not reported).