Jhared Hack of Lake Mary, Fla., shot a nine-under 61 on Thursday at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, taking the first-round lead at the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open, the second event of the 2017 Mackenzie Tour–PGA Tour Canada season.
Hack birdied four of his first five holes and finished with nine birdies and no bogeys to lead by two over Vancouver’s Ryan Williams and Tacoma, Derek Barron of Tacoma, Wash.
Hack’s 61 matches the course record at Uplands, set by Andrew Roque (2012) and Roger Sloan (2011).
Hack’s score came in challenging weather faced by the field on Thursday, with rain falling throughout the morning and winds gusting to over 60 km/h in the afternoon.
“It was really good golfing,” said Hack. “I putted really nicely. When you shoot a round like this, you have to roll it well and I made all my five-to-15-foot putts today. These greens are so good, it’s going to go in if you hit a good putt,” said Hack..
“It was a great round of golf. I got off to a great start. The greens are so pure out here, so I kept giving myself great looks. Overall, whenever you go out there and make seven birdies and no bogeys it’s a great round of golf,” said Williams.
Jared du Toit of Kimberley, B.C., kicked off his pro career with a three-under 67.
“I was really kind of worried about the first one because that’s the one you think about for four or five days in advance. To get that in with a good score, I’m really happy about it,” said du Toit, who is tied for seventh going into Friday’s second round.
You can listen to an chat prior to the tournament that du Toit did with Hutch here.
For all the scores, click here.