Eugene Wong of North Vancouver got his PGA Tour Canada season off to a dream start yesterday by posting a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club to share the first round lead at the PC Financial Open with Joel Dahmen of the U.S. and Mexico’s Mario Clemens.
Wong, playing on a familiar golf course, carded six birdies and converted a tricky sand save on the 18th hole for par to preserve a flawless opening round.
Dahmen, entering his fifth season on PGA Tour Canada with momentum after claiming two Gateway Tour wins in the offseason, said he couldn’t wait to get his season started and search for his first win on tour.
The 26-year-old University of Washington alum had a handful of chances to win on PGA Tour Canada in 2014, and said he hopes his experiences in the winter will help him if he has a chance to claim his first victory later this season.
Meanwhile, Clemens looked like a veteran in his first PGA Tour Canada start. The British Columbia Q-School grad, who won the 2013 Mexican Amateur Championship and finished T4 at the NEC Series – PGA Tour Latinoamerica’s Abierto de Chile, said he was thrilled to be in Canada as he looks to play his way onto the Web.com Tour in 2015.
Clapp claims rainy weather was advantage on Day 1
Making his debut as a PGA Tour Canada member, Chilliwack’s Brad Clapp looked like a veteran, firing a 5-under 67 to share fourth place with Americans John Catlin and Blake Snyder.
The bulk of his round came in Monday’s morning rain, an element Clapp said actually may have helped Vancouver-based players like himself.
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