Adam Cornelson of Langley, BC, fired a 9-under 63 at Wildfire Golf Club yesterday to take the first round lead at The Wildfire Invitational presented by PC Financial.
The 26-year-old carded seven birdies and an eagle to post his lowest career round on PGA Tour Canada in 37 starts, and led by one shot over Evan Harmeling of the U.S.
After re-securing his exempt status at the British Columbia Qualifying Tournament earlier this year, the University of New Orleans grad, who sits 97th on the Order of Merit, had high hopes for his 2014 season. However, he hasn’t been as sharp as he would have liked through nine events, with just three made cuts on the campaign.
One shot back with an 8-under 64, Harmeling finds himself in a similar position to Cornelson, sitting 126th on the Order of Merit with two events left to get inside the top-60 and qualify for the Tour Championship of Canada presented by Freedom 55 Financial.
Harmeling put his round into perspective, noting that he was in solo second after one round at the Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON before finishing T53, and was simply focused on continuing his solid play into the weekend.
Dahmen finds his stride with extra motivation
After missing his first cut of the 2014 season and failing to make the weekend for the first time in 16 starts on PGA Tour Canada last week at The Great Waterway Classic, Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen said it was easy to re-focus and get motivated for this week at Wildfire.
It showed during the first round, as Dahmen briefly reached 7-under par before settling for a 6-under 66 to share fifth spot through 18 holes.
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