Provin­cials un­der­way

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Un­der over­cast but warm con­di­tions and de­spite heavy rains overnight, play­ers were treated to ideal course con­di­tions dur­ing the first day of com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 Royal LePage Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships at the Grande Mead­ows Golf Course in French­man’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula on Mon­day.

Un­der over­cast but warm con­di­tions and de­spite heavy rains overnight, play­ers were treated to ideal course con­di­tions dur­ing the first day of com­pe­ti­tion at the 2017 Royal LePage Pro­vin­cial Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships at the Grande Mead­ows Golf Course in French­man’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula on Mon­day.

In the girls ju­nior di­vi­sion, Tay­lor Cormier of Blo­mi­don Golf Club recorded an 88 to hold a five-stroke lead over 2016 ju­ve­nile cham­pion Paige Hickey of Blo­mi­don.

Me­gan Col­bourne, also from Blo­mi­don Golf Club, rounds out the top three, card­ing a 105 — 17 strokes off the pace head­ing into Day 2 of com­pe­ti­tion.

In the ju­nior boys di­vi­sion, 2016 run­ner-up An­drew Bruce of Hum­ber Val­ley Re­sort recorded a one-over par 73 to hold a two-stroke lead over Michael Simms of Clovelly.

Blo­mi­don Golf Club mem­ber Matthew Bon­nell holds down third po­si­tion with a five-over par 77 to put him four strokes from the leader.

In the boys ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion, Simms carded a 75 and has a three-stroke lead over Ethan Ef­ford of Clovelly. Last year’s ban­tam di­vi­sion winner Alex Dolo­mount of Bally Haly Coun­try Club is tied for third with two other com­peti­tors in­clud­ing fel­low club mem­ber Pa­trick Rice and Nathan Young of Clovelly with scores of 84 and six strokes be­hind Ef­ford.

Ef­ford holds the lead in the ban­tam di­vi­sion by six strokes over Nathan Young, with Joseph Cluney of Blo­mi­don Golf Club round­ing out the top three in the di­vi­sion, record­ing a firstround to­tal of 95.

Round 2 is set for 9 a.m. this morn­ing.

STAR FILE PHOTO

An­drew Bruce of Hum­ber Val­ley Re­sort is seen on the Hum­ber River Course in Deer Lake dur­ing the 2016 Tely Ju­nior Golf Tour stop.

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