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Israelson bitten by quadruple bogeys

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Bemidji native Bill Israelson had a tough day in Thursday's opening round of the Senior PGA Championship tournament at Harbor Shores Golf Course.

Israelson, who started on the back nine, was bitten by a pair of quadruple bogeys and those holes pushed him to a 12-over par 83. Israelson enters Friday's second round in 146th place in the 151-man field.

Israelson, who started on the back nine, bogeyed his first hole, the par-5 No. 10, but birdied the par-3 No. 11. After a par on the par-4 12th Israelson found trouble on No. 13, a 197-yard par-3. Israelson carded a 7 on the hole. He followed that with a bogey on the par-4 No. 14.

On the 15th he carded a birdie 4 and Israelson recorded a par-4 on No. 16.

After carding a birdie on the 17th and a par on No. 18 Israelson was +3 at the turn. He bogeyed three of the first four holes on his second nine, however, to drop to +6.

A birdie on No. 5 was offset by a double-bogey on No. 6 and a bogey on the seventh hole.

Disaster struck on No. 8, a 384-yard par 4, when Israelson was bitten by his second quadruple bogey. He recorded a par on No. 9 to finish at 45-38-83.

Englishman Roger Chapman shot a 3-under-68 to take a first-round lead.

John Cook was a stroke back, and Steve Pate, J.L. Lewis, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas, David Frost and Jim Carter shot 70.

Chapman tied for 27th last year in the Senior PGA in Kentucky, his best showing in his first three starts in the major championship.

Chapman hit all 13 fairways and made five birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 7, 8 and 9 on the part of the course closest to the lake.

"My expectations were, just go in and come into the tournament and play as well as I can," Chapman said. "And I must say I'm very happy with what's happened today, so just keep it going."

Defending champion Tom Watson is sitting out the tournament because of a wrist problem. Four-time champion Hale Irwin shot 71 -- a solid score that puts him in position to contend again if he can keep it up. Irwin last won the event in 2004.

Fred Couples, who won at Fallen Oak in Mississippi on the Champions Tour in March, made a double bogey on the par-5 15th and shot 76.

Bernhard Langer and Mark Calcavecchia shot 73. Fred Funk, coming off a victory May 6 at The Woodlands in the last Champions Tour's event, had a 74. Tom Lehman shot 76.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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