Drew Stoltz of Little Rock, Ark., shot a nine-under 63 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links in Saskatoon on Thursday to take a two stroke lead after the first round of the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open.
Stoltz, 29, had nine birdies, an eagle and two bogeys for the round, playing the par fives in five under.
Stoltz leads by two over Matt Harmon,of Grand Haven, Mich., and by four over Calgary’s Ryan Yip, who tied for second here last year.
“If you would have told me I shot this score this morning, I probably wouldn’t have believed it,” said Stoltz.
Winds gusting over 50 km/h firmed up the course and challenged players on the links-style layout
“When I got here (Thursday), the wind was blowing a lot harder than it did (Wednesday),” said Stoltz.
“It played completely different. I really didn’t know what was going to be a good score, but I turned in three under and made a few more and all of a sudden, I was looking at a really good score,” he said.
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