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Stoltz drops 9 birdies to grab first round lead in SIGA Dakota Dunes Open

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Drew Stoltz of the U.S. cruised to a 9-under 63 at Dakota Dunes Golf Links yesterday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel.

The 29-year-old Arkansas native carded nine birdies, an eagle and two bogeys for the round. He played the par-fives in 5-under. While the field scoring average rose to 74.20, Stoltz’s career-best round on PGA Tour Canada gave him the lead by two over fellow American Matt Harmon, who finished shortly after Stoltz with a 65, and by four over Calgary’s Ryan Yip, who finished tied for second here last year and posted a 5-under 67.

Winds gusting north of 50 km/h firmed up the course and challenged players on the links-style layout, a stark change from last year’s birdie-filled opening round when the field averaged 69.858 – the best scoring average by the field to par in any round on PGA Tour Canada in 2013.

With two cuts made in three starts on the season, Stoltz sits 81st on the Order of Merit and is hoping to cash in on a big week at Dakota Dunes. The former Texas Christian University Horned Frog said he knows he’ll need a handful of standout finishes to achieve the ultimate goal of finishing in the top five on the Order of Merit and advancing to the Web.com Tour.

Stoltz is making a return to PGA Tour Canada this year after a successful 2013, when he won the Metropolitan Open in Missouri and claimed another win on the All-American Gateway Tour. He earned conditional status at the 2014 California Qualifying Tournament.

HARMON GETS CREATIVE IN ROUND ONE

First year PGA Tour Canada member Matt Harmon said the windy conditions forced him to get creative, forcing him to hit shots he might not have otherwise tried. The formula paid off, however, as the Michigan native fired a 7-under 65 to sit solo second.

Harmon, a former Web.com Tour member who finished second at the 2012 TPC Stonebrae Championship, has a pair of top-10s in three starts this season, finishing T7 at the PC Financial Open and T5 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.

YIP LOOKING TO DO ONE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR’S RUNNER-UP

Ryan Yip’s best finish on PGA Tour Canada in 2013 came at Dakota Dunes, when he finished 20-under for the week and T2, one shot behind winner Wil Collins.

Yip is looking for a repeat performance this year, with the hope that reaching 20-under again is good enough to get the job done for his second PGA Tour Canada win.

Like the rest of the field, Yip was challenged by the rest of the conditions, but managed the windy conditions in the later part of his round well, including a tidy sand save for par at the 9th, which was his 18th hole.

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Ottawa Golf Examiner Course Directory

(The Ottawa Golf Examiner has reported on these facilities)

Anderson Links Golf and Country Club

4175 Anderson Rd.; Ottawa

613.822.9644, proshop@andersonlinks.com

Calabogie Highlands Golf Resort

981 Barryvale Rd; Calabogie, ON

613.752.2171, proshop@calabogiehighlands.ca

Canadian Golf and Country Club

7800 Golf Club Way; Ashton, ON

613.253.3290 ex. 228, proshop@canadiangolfclub.com

Capital Golf Centre

3798 Bank St.; Ottawa

613.521.2612

Casselview Golf and Country Club

844 Aurele Rd.; Casselman, ON (Hwy. 417 Exit 66)

613.798.4653, golf@casselview.com

Cloverdale Links Golf Course

R.R. No. 1; Winchester, ON (Hwy. 31 Bank Street)

613.774.0076, proshop@cloverdalelinks.com

Chateau Montebello Golf Club

392 Notre Dame; Montebello, QC

1.819.423.4653

Dragonfly Golf Links

955 Opeongo Rd.; Renfrew, ON

1.888.275.3838, proshop@dragonflygolf.com

Nation Golf Club

731 County Rd. 19; Curran, ON

613.673.3333

Outaouais golf Club

301 montee Outaouais; Rockland, ON

613.446.4490, info@golf-outaouais.ca

Emerald Links Golf and Country Club

6357 Emerald Links Dr.; Greely, ON

613.822.4653, proshop@emeraldlinks.com

eQuinelle Golf Club

R.R. No. 4-140 eQuinelle Dr.; Kemptville, ON

613.258.2105, info@equinellegolf.ca

Falcon Ridge Golf Club

4740 High Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.822.6742, steve@falconridgegolf.cca

Gatineau Golf Club

160 rue du Golf; Gatineau (Aylmer), QC

819.557.4411, info@gatineaugolf.com

Glen Lawrence Golf Club

2022 Hwy. 2 East; Kingston, ON

613.545.1021, office@glenlawrence.com

Glen Mar Golf and Country Club

7967 Fernbank Rd.; Ashton, ON

613.257.5181, proshop@glenmar.ca

Greensmere Golf and Country Club

1717 Bear Hill Rd.; Carp, ON

613.839.7772

Hylands Golf Club

2101 Alert Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.521.1842, admin@hylandsgc.com

Innes Road Golfland

3490 Innes Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.824.6580, info@innesgolfland.com

Loch March Golf and Country Club

1755 Old Carp Rd.; Kanata, ON

613.839.5885, greatday@lochmarch.com

Metcalfe Golf Club

1956 8th Line Rd.; Metcalfe, ON

613.821.3673, info@metcalfegolf.com

Mont-Cascades Golf Club

915 chemin Mont-Cascades; Cantley, QC

819.459.2980, golf@montcascades.com

Mountain Creek Golf Course

311 Mountain View Rd.; Arnprior, ON

613.623.8919, info@mountaincreekgolf.com

Pine View Golf Course

1471 Blair Rd.; Ottawa, ON

613.746.4653, proshop@pineview.com

Prescott Golf Club

900 Boundary St.; Prescott, ON

613.925.5006, proshop@prescottgolfclub.ca

Renfrew Golf Club

1108 Golf Course Rd.; Renfrew, ON

613.432.2485, 1.888.805.3739

Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course

418 Thousand Islands Pky.; R.R. No. 1 Lansdowne, ON

1.800.268.4536, info@smugglersglen.com

Sunnidell Golf

1945 Sharpe’s Lane; Brockville, ON

613.498.0775, info@sunnidell.com

The Marshes Golf Club

320 Terry Fox Dr.; Kanata, ON

613.271.3530, andrew.donaldson@marshesgolfclub.com

Upper Canada Golf Course

13745 County Rd. 2; Morrisburg, ON

1.800.437.2233, getaway@parks.on.ca

White Sands Golf Course and Practice Centre

1705 St. Joseph Blvd.; Orleans, ON

613.837.4653, info@whitesandsgolf.ca

Whitetail Golf Club

7113 Hwy. 60; Eganville, ON

613.628.3774, info@whitetailgolfclub.ca

Nova Scotia

Cabot Links

15933 Central Ave.; Inverness, NS

1.855.652.2268, golf@cabotlinks.com

Highlands Links

247 Keltic Out Rd.; Ingonish Beach, NS

1.800.441.1118, highlands.links@ns.sympatico.ca

Le Portage Golf Club

15580 Cabot Trail Rd.; Cheticamp, NS

1.888618.5558, daved@hotmail.com

The Lakes Golf Club

5101 Hwy. 4; Ben Eoin, NS

902.828.4653, info@thelakesgolfclub.ca

Mont-Tremblant, QC

La Belle Golf Course

100 chemin Champagne; Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.800.567.6744, gouimet@grayrocks.com

La Bete Golf Course

1760 chemin du Golf; Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.800.567.6744, gouimet@grayrocks.com

Le Diable Golf Course

Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.866.783.5634

Le Geant Golf Course

Mont-Tremblant, QC

1.866.783.5634

National Golf Course Owners Association Members (Eastern Ontario and Outaouais, Canada)

Amberwood Village Golf & Country Club, Stittsville, ON

Amherstview Golf Course, Amherstview, ON

Archie's Family Golf Centre, Cornwall, ON

Arnprior Golf Course, Braeside, ON

Auberge and Club de Golf Héritage, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix, QC

Bancroft Golf Course, Bancroft, ON

Bay of Quinte Golf and Country Club, Belleville, ON

Beckwith Golf Club, Smiths Falls, ON

Birtee Golf, Perth, ON

Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, Belleville, ON

Blue Heron Golf Club, Lanark, ON

Briar Fox Golf & Country Club, Marysville, ON

Brockville Country Club, Brockville, ON

Brockville Highland Golf Club, Brockville, ON

Camden Braes Golf & Country Club, Odessa, ON

Camelot Golf & Country Club, Cumberland, ON

Carleton Golf & Yacht Club, Manotick, ON

Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Kingston, ON

Cedar Glen Golf Course, Williamsburg, ON

Cedarhill Golf & Country Club, Nepean, ON

Champions Nest, Edwards, ON

Château Cartier Golf Course, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Hautes Plaines, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Le Château Montebello, Montebello, QC

Club de Golf Le Sorcier, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Montpellier, Montpellier, QC

Club de Golf Tecumseh, Gatineau, QC

Club de Golf Touraine, Gatineau, QC

Colonnade Golf and Country Club, Joyceville, ON

Conley Road Driving Range & Mini-Putt, Richmond, ON

Cornwall Golf & Country Club, Cornwall, ON

Deep River Golf Club, Deep River, ON

Eagle Creek Golf Course, Dunrobin, ON

Edelweiss Valley Golf & Country Club, Wakefield, QC

Evergreen Golf Course, Westport, ON

Frankford Municipal Golf Course, Frankford, ON

Gananoque Golf & Country Club, Gananoque, ON

Garrison Golf & Curling Club, Kingston, ON

Glengarry Golf & Country Club, Alexandria, ON

Golf Mont Ste. Marie, Lac Ste-Marie, QC

Golf-O-Max Indoor Golf Centre, Ottawa, ON

GreyHawk Golf Club, Cumberland, ON

Hawkesbury Golf & Curling Club, Hawkesbury, ON

Island Brae Golf Club, Morrison's Island, ON

Kanata Golf & Country Club, Kanata, ON

Kevin Haime Golf Centre, Kanata, ON

Kingston Par 3 Golf Club, Kingston, ON

La Cite Golf Club, Hawkesbury, ON

Larrimac Golf Club, Chelsea, QC

Lombard Glen Golf & Country Club, Lombardy, ON

Loyalist Country Club, Bath, ON

Lyndway Hills Golf Club, Lyndhurst, ON

Madawaska Golf Course, Arnprior, ON

Manderley Golf Club, North Gower, ON

Mapleview Golf and Country Club, Perth, ON

Mattawa Golf & Ski Resort, Mattawa, ON

Mississippi Golf Club, Almonte, ON

Morrisburg Golf Club, Morrisburg, ON

Murray Hills Golf Course, Wooler, ON

NationView Golf Course, South Mountain, ON

Norway Bay Golf Club, Bristol, QC

Oak Hills Golf Club, Stirling, ON

Oaks of Cobden Golf Club, Cobden, ON

Oasis Mini Golf & Driving Range, Limoges, ON

Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, Ottawa, ON

Pakenham Golf & Country Club, Pakenham, ON

Perth Golf Course, Perth, ON

Picton Golf & Country Club, Picton, ON

Pine Lodge Golf Club, Bristol, QC

Poplars Golf Club, Tweed, ON

Prescott Golf Club, Prescott, ON

RA Centre, Ottawa, ON

Richmond Centennial Golf Club, Richmond, ON

Rideau Lakes Golf & Country Club, Westport, ON

Rideau View Country Club, Manotick, ON

Rivendell Golf Club, Verona, ON

Roundel Glen Golf Course, Astra, ON

Sandy Mountain Golf Course, Mountain, ON

Sandy Row Restaurant & Golf Club, South Mountain, ON

Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club, Smith Falls, ON

Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, Ottawa, ON

Summerheights Golf Links, Cornwall, ON

Superdome at Ben Franklin Park, Ottawa, ON

Superdome Sports Centre, Ottawa, ON

The 19th Tee, Ottawa, ON

The Homestead at Wolf Ridge, Killaloe, ON

The Landings Golf and Teaching Centre, Kingston, ON

The Meadows Golf & Country Club, Gloucester, ON

The Royal Ottawa Golf Club, Aylmer, QC

Thunderbird Golf Course, Kanata, ON

TMSI Sports Management, Ottawa, ON

Trillium Wood Golf Club, Corbyville, ON

Wellington on the Lake Golf Course, Wellington, ON

Westbrook Golf Club and Driving Range, Kingston, ON

Wolfe Island Riverfront Golf Course, Wolfe Island, ON

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