Benepe finishes with 4 birdies to retain lead at Canadian Open


OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Jim Benepe, a career struggler, has the lead and absolutely no concern about winning at the halfway point of the Canadian Open.

"If you get caught up in the lead, in trying to control the tournament, that's not the answer," Benepe said yesterday after he birdied four of the last six holes for a 67.

The 27-year-old Benepe completed 36 holes over the Glen Abbey Golf Club course in 13-under-par 131, has not made a bogey and has put only one 5 on his score card.

Brian Kamm, the tour sophomore who made a run at the U.S Open title until he shot 42 over the final nine holes, matched Benepe's 67 and remained a stroke back at 132.

LPGA Ping-Cellular One

PORTLAND, Ore. -- When Vicki Fergon woke up yesterday morning, she wasn't even entered in the tournament. By last night, she was tied for the lead.

Fergon, who forgot to sign up and got into the field as a last-minute alternate, shot a 4-under 68 to share the lead with Danielle Ammaccapane and Missie Berteotti after a wide-open first round.

Senior First of America

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Rocky Thompson putted his way to a 5-under-par 66 and took the lead after the first round.

Maryland State Seniors

Dick Latimer of Columbia Country Club eagled the 18th hole and won the 64th annual Senior men's championship of the Maryland State Golf Association with a par-matching 36-3672 at Chartwell Country Club. Jim Kleman of Maryland Golf was the runner-up, 36-3874.

Latimer, 61, a past president of the MSGA and the 1987 Senio titlist, offset five bogeys with three birdies, including a 35-foot chip-in at the par-3 eighth hole, and his finishing heroics where he hit a three-wood second shot to 10 feet at the 478-yard hole.

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