Sonny Michaud of Club de Golf La Tempete in Lévis, Que., shot a nine-under 63 on Monday at Richmond Country Club to take the first-round lead at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada.
Michaud made eight birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the day to lead in Richmond, B.C., by three shots over fellow Quebecers Pierre-Alexander Bedard of Club de Golf Cap Rouge and the PGA of Canada’s No. 1-ranked player, Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Club de Golf Longchamp.
“I actually didn’t think 63 was out there when I teed off this morning, but that’s golf isn’t it?” said Michaud. “My putter was pretty good and I probably made more than 120 feet worth of putts out there.”
Michaud, who finished fifth at last year’s PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada, said he was feeling the good vibes midway through his round.
“I was seven under after 10 holes and that’s where I really started to think about it, but maybe I thought about it too much because I immediately made a bogey on No. 11,” said Michaud.
“I made a little comeback at the end there because I knew Bedard was playing well up ahead of me and I really just wanted to finish better than he did,” he said.
Michaud made three birdies over his final four holes, while Bedard made just one on 17.
Two-time PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada winner Mike Belbin of the Royal Mayfair Golf Club sits alone in fourth after an opening 67.
Quebec leads the 36-hole Inter-Zone competition (which is compiled of four players on each team representing their respective PGA Zones) at 21 under, 20 shots better than Team Alberta.
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