Canada, Sweden and Switzerland share the lead at 10 under after the first round of the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship in Karuizawa, Japan.
Canada’s Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., the 2014 U.S. Amateur runner-up, and Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., who were college teammates and roommates at Kent State, shot 66 and 68.
“We put in some really good preparation,” said Canadian captain Graham Hill.
“Derek Ingram, our coach, works very closely with all the guys here. I don’t think we’re surprised that we played well here (Wednesday). We put the preparation and the hard work in so this isn’t a surprise to us. We’re just taking it day by day and we’re happy with the start,” he added.
Conners, who shared 2014 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honours with Pendrith, exploded for five birdies on his opening nine and finished with seven against one bogey en route to his six-under 66.
Pendrith, who was six under through 16 holes, bogeyed the last two holes for his four-under 68. Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., shot a non-counting three-under 69.
“We’re not going to try to do anything crazy,” said Conners.
“We’re just going to stick to our game plan and try to play to our strengths and if we happen to shoot 29-under-par that would be pretty sweet, but we’re just going to stick to our game plan,” he added.