South Surrey’s Adam Svensson ended up in seventh place Tuesday after shooting a one-under-par 71 during the first round of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Morgan Creek Course.

Two share lead after first round of championship golf at Morgan Creek

Canadian Junior Boys' tournament is underway.

After the first round of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Morgan Creek Course, Calgary’s Emmett Oh and Montreal native Alexis Gemme Piacente shared the lead at five-under after firing identical rounds of 67 Tuesday.

Oh had just two bogeys over 18 holes, and had five birdies and one eagle – shooting a three on the 491-yard par-5 17th hole – in his round.

Gemme Piacente also eagled No. 17, and added six birdies and three bogeys.

The pair held a one-shot lead over Blair Hamilton, a Burlington, Ont. golfer who sat at four-under heading into Wednesday’s second round.

Rounding out the top five on the leaderboard Tuesday evening were Nova Scotia’s Eric Banks (three-under par) and Surrey golfer Donald Qiu, who was fifth after shooting a two-under-par 70.

Qui was the model of consistency Tuesday, shooting par on 14 of 18 holes; he had three birdies and one bogey on the day.

South Surrey’s Adam Svensson – whom Morgan Creek director of golf Wayne Vollmer called “likely the number one or number two seed” in the field before the tournament began – was also still in the hunt after the opening round; he sat seventh after shooting a one-under-par 71.

Svensson, the two-time defending B.C. boys junior champion, shot even-par on the front nine Tuesday, and was briefly over par after a bogey on the par-4 11th hole. He birdied the par-5 13th and the 164-yard par-3 16th hole, however, to get back into red numbers.

The second round of the tournament was played Wednesday after Peace Arch News’ deadlines; the four-round event wraps up Friday.

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