The PGA of Canada’s top-ranked player and the third youngest player in the field are tied of the lead after the first round of the PGA Assistants’ Championship of Canada.
Fairtree Golf Centre’s Billy Walsh and Nicolas Fortin of Académie de golf Lévis both posted five-under par 67 Wednesday at Camelot Golf and Country Club just outside of Ottawa.
Walsh, who captured the 2013 PGA Assistants’ Championship in Saskatoon, had four birdies and an eagle Wednesday.
“I really like this golf course and it sets up nicely off the tee for me,” said Walsh. “If you’re confident off the tee you can take advantage of the lines and that’s pretty much what I did all day.”
The 23-year-old Fortin, who tied for 28th at Camelot in the 2012 Canadian Amateur, said he has fond memories of the golf course. He also admits his game has been trending recently.
“When your game is good and the putter is going, you’re going to score well on whatever golf course you’re playing,” said Fortin. “It’s always a good feeling to be in contention, especially in a national championship.”
Luca Greco of Club de Golf Le Mirage is one shot back of Walsh and Fortin after an opening round 68. Meadowbrook Golf Club’s Kyler Murphy is fourth at three under thanks, in part, to a hole in one on Camelot’s seventh hole.
“I step up on No. 7 and hole out for a one, so I start thinking things are looking up,” said Murphy. “We saw it bounce a couple times, hit about a foot up the flag and drop in the hole. I asked the guys in my group, ‘Did that just go in?’ And sure enough it did.”
Oliver Tubb of Seymour Cree Golf Centre matched Murphy’s ace on No. 7.
The finalist at this year’s PGA Championship of Canada at Cabot Links is three shots back in a tie for fifth along with Brad Kerfoot (Maple Downs Golf Club), Eric Locke (Wolf Creek Golf Resort), Christophe Belair (La Versant) and Marc-Etienne Bussieres (Club de Golf LongChamp).
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