After the first round of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Morgan Creek Course, Calgary’s Emmett Oh and Montreal native Alexis Gemme Piacente shared the lead at five-under after firing identical rounds of 67 Tuesday.
Oh had just two bogeys over 18 holes, and had five birdies and one eagle – shooting a three on the 491-yard par-5 17th hole – in his round.
Gemme Piacente also eagled No. 17, and added six birdies and three bogeys.
The pair held a one-shot lead over Blair Hamilton, a Burlington, Ont. golfer who sat at four-under heading into Wednesday’s second round.
Rounding out the top five on the leaderboard Tuesday evening were Nova Scotia’s Eric Banks (three-under par) and Surrey golfer Donald Qiu, who was fifth after shooting a two-under-par 70.
Qui was the model of consistency Tuesday, shooting par on 14 of 18 holes; he had three birdies and one bogey on the day.
South Surrey’s Adam Svensson – whom Morgan Creek director of golf Wayne Vollmer called “likely the number one or number two seed” in the field before the tournament began – was also still in the hunt after the opening round; he sat seventh after shooting a one-under-par 71.
Svensson, the two-time defending B.C. boys junior champion, shot even-par on the front nine Tuesday, and was briefly over par after a bogey on the par-4 11th hole. He birdied the par-5 13th and the 164-yard par-3 16th hole, however, to get back into red numbers.
The second round of the tournament was played Wednesday after Peace Arch News’ deadlines; the four-round event wraps up Friday.