Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS -

NAPLES, Fla. — The teams of Bryson DeCham­beau-Kevin Na, Brian Har­manPat­ton Kizzire and Emil­iano Grillo-Graeme McDow­ell shot 13-un­der 59 in scram­ble play Fri­day to share the first-round lead in the QBE Shootout.

Har­man-Kizzire and Grillo-McDow­ell birdied the fi­nal three holes at Tiburon Golf Club, and DeCham­beau and Na ea­gled the par-5 14th.

LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau were two strokes back at 61.

Well, how fond he is de­pends on the per­spec­tive.

“They had chicken wire, and the fans were rowdy,” Ben­ning re­called re­cently. “The thing with the chicken wire is like you’d line up for a face­off and they could spit right through the chicken wire.”

While Ben­ning’s mem­o­ries of play­ing against Seat­tle re­main — and who could for­get chain-link fence in place of glass boards at one end of the rink — he’s also think­ing ahead. Look­ing out at an empty arena a cou­ple of hours be­fore a Canucks face­off, he can en­vi­sion fans of Seat­tle’s new NHL fran­chise mak­ing the trek north on I-5, through the bor­der cross­ing and into down­town Van­cou­ver to watch their team play the Canucks.

He has no doubt it will be a healthy ri­valry and great for the sport in this cor­ner of North Amer­ica. But the Canucks see the ad­di­tion of Seat­tle as more than adding a ri­val 2½ hours away by car. Seat­tle will be a crit­i­cal part­ner for the fu­ture suc­cess of both fran­chises.

The ap­proval of Seat­tle as the 32nd

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