Stephen Carney of Tulsa, Okla., shot a nine-under 63 on Thursday at Loyalist Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ont., to take the first round lead at the Great Waterway Classic.
Carney leads by one at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event over Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., Taiwan’s C.T. Pan, Thornhill, Ontario’s Ben Silverman and Americans Joey Garber and Nate McCoy.
“I putted great, and I probably hit every green,” said Carney. “I’m going to keep working – nine under’s not going to win the tournament. You have to shoot pretty low, obviously, because there are so many great players and they’re going to go low.
“I wanted to get off to a good start, just so I wouldn’t have to worry about the cutline being so low. The course is in great condition and the greens are rolling great,” said Carney.
Silverman, who ranked fifth on the Order of Merit through three events this season but has since fallen to 15th, said he’s found a way back to the approach that saw him finish in the top five twice in his first four starts of the season.
“I wanted to get back to sticking to my own style of play and game plan and not being so concerned with hitting it as far as some of the long hitters out here. I focused on that today and it worked out nicely for me,” said Silverman.
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