PITT MEADOWS, British Columbia, Canada (July 24, 2012) -- The 110th BC Amateur got off to an impressive start as Victoria's Kevin Carrigan posted a five-under-par 67 to lead the field by one at Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club.
Carrigan, who captured the 2012 B.C. Men's Mid-Amateur Champion earlier in the year, carded a methodical -5 that included a string of three-straight birdies to start his round on holes 10, 11 and 12. Carrigan would close the front nine in style with another two birdies on 17 and 18, to post an outward half 32. He would give a stroke back on the par 4, 441-yard 2nd hole, his 11th of the day before stringing together another two birdies in a row through holes 5 and 6, to post his total.
Tied for second are North Vancouver's Bryan Lichimo and Chemanius's Dustin Yeager at -4, 68. Lichimo, a red shirted freshman from the University of Texas at Arlington, was able to navigate the demanding 7,000 yard Swan-e-Set Bay Resort course without a single bogey en route to his great opening score.
Yeager almost duplicated this feat, bogeying only the par 5, 611-yard first hole but stringing together four-straight birdies from holes 13 to 16.
Recent Sunlife Financial Alberta Men's Amateur champion and Team Canada Development Squad Member Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alberta is within pace of Carrigan in fourth place at -3, 69.
Others under-par after round one are Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody (70), Victoria's Lee Haney (70), Vancouver's Doug Roxburgh (71) and James Fahy of Vancouver (71).
Not thought to be playing in the event was Team Canada Development Squad member Adam Svensson of Surrey who fired an opening round four-over-par 76. Svensson made the cross country trip following his unsuccessful bid to qualify for the RBC Canadian Open on Monday.
In the Zone Team competition, Zone 5 Lower Island is ahead of the field by nine strokes, sitting at a 215 total, -1. The Zone competition wraps up after tomorrows round two action.
The BC Amateur is a 156-player, 72-hole stroke play competition open to male and female golfers who have qualified by way of their zone, exemptions of supplemental qualifier.
During rounds one and two of the Championship, the Zone Team and Club Team competitions will be contested.
The top-3 competitors from the BC Amateur Championship will represent British Columbia on Team BC at the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship to be held August 7-10, 2012 at the Camelot Golf and Country Club and the Club de golf Outaouais in Cumberland, Ontario.
Round two is slated to begin tomorrow at 7:30am using a split tee start.
ABOUT THE British Columbia Amateur
72 hole stroke play championship with a cut
36 holes. No gender or age restriction. Players must
qualify through their zone, be previously exempt or
play in the Supplemental Qualifier.
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