Brandon Harkins of Scottsdale, Az., shot an eight-under 64 at Whitewater Golf Club in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Thursday to tie the course record and take the first round lead at the inaugural Staal Foundation Open.
Harkins, currently in his fourth season on PGA Tour Canada, led by one shot over Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, N.M., last week’s Players Cup winner, Joshua Stone of Stockton, Calif.
“It was a pretty steady round. Not a lot went wrong,” said Harkins.
“It wasn’t flashy. I just hit a lot of greens and didn’t really miss anything inside of 10 feet. I just kind of plodded my way around and didn’t get ahead of myself, which is always good. It’s kind of cliché, but that’s what I did,” he said.
Harkins, 28, made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on his opening nine and said that a solid start on the demanding 10th, 11th and 12th holes, where he started par-par-birdie, set him up for a solid round Thursday morning.
“I just kind of got a little momentum going there and made a few putt and it just always seems like once you get a few to go, a few more happen and that’s how it went,” said Harkins.
Sean Shahi of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Jeffrey Corr of Apopka, Fla., were one shot behind Madigan and Stone with a pair of 66s, while qualifier Ryan Terdik of Brantford, Ont. was the low Canadian at five under, tied with five others.
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