And no one would have blamed him if he did.
After all, a score of 15-over par doesn’t get you too far in competitive golf.
But if you know Locke and his competitive nature, you also understand the word quit is one he seldom, if ever, uses.
So instead of hanging his head and trying to post a somewhat respectable score during Round 2 at the Canadian senior men’s championship, the Brookfield resident went out Tuesday and, in workmanlike fashion, carded a brilliant even-par 70 at the 6,497-yard Kanawaki Golf Club near Montreal.
Locke will play the final two rounds of the tournament Wednesday and Thursday after his 36-hole score of 155 was right on the cutline.
Locke, a member of the Truro Golf Club, made a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole yesterday to make the turn at 1-over 36.
He bogeyed the par-4 14th, before birdies at the par-4 15th and par-5 16th put him back to even for the day.
Locke tied with two other players for the low round of the day. Tournament leader Doug Hanzel, of Savannah, Ga., and Frank Van Dornick, of Camrose, Alta., who is tied for sixth, were the only other players to shoot par on Tuesday.
Locke’s Nova Scotia teammates – Ken-Wo’s Steve Ward and Dean Woodman of Avon Valley – both shot 7-over 77 on Tuesday. Ward opened with 78 on Monday, while Woodman shot 80 on Day 1.
Ward also made the cut with a 36-hole score of 155.
Hanzel leads the tournament by two strokes over Brian Laubman of Edmonton and Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C.