Marc-Etienne Bussieres started strong and ended even stronger Thursday at the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada.
The 29-year-old from Club de Golf Longchamp carded a five-under 67 at Camelot Golf and Country Club, bringing his two-day total to seven under.
Bussieres leads the championship by two shots over Maple Downs’ Brad Kerfoot, PGA of Canada No. 1-ranked player Billy Walsh, Nicolas Fortin and this year’s PGA Championship of Canada runner-up,Oliver Tubb.
“I had a good start, which was completely different than yesterday,” Bussieres said about front-nine 33.
“I hit two great wedges to a couple feet on both Nos. 1 and 2, made a bonus 25-footer on three and had another birdie on the fifth, so yeah, it was really nice to get off to a solid start,” he added.
Bussieres separated himself from the pack on the back nine at Camelot, with birdies on the 16th and 17th.
“This year I’ve been pretty solid in the tournaments I’ve played thanks staying positive throughout the round, no matter what my score looks like,” said Bussieres.
“I’ve really started to notice some of my competitors make mental mistakes on the golf course and that usually leads to them getting down on themselves and having poor scores,” he said.
“So I’ve really made it my goal to stay mentally strong, no matter what adversity I might face playing golf,” said Bussieres.
Joining Bussieres in Friday’s final group of the championship with be Kerfoot and Walsh, who said he actually likes the idea of playing from behind.
“I actually prefer to be chasing because it gives me more of an aggressive mindset,” the 2013 PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada winner said.
“I have no issue being two shots back out there because it gets me more in the mindset of making more birdies,” he said.
In the Inter-Zone competition, consisting of four players on each team representing their respective PGA zones, Ontario (Walsh, McCann, Kenney and Keir Smith) beat Team Quebec (Fortin, Belair, Clement Herviou and Kevin Senecal).
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