Mackenzie-PGA Canada Tour
at National Pines, Barrie
Five Americans are atop the Leaderboard at 7-under 65.
Johnny Ruiz 65 (-7)
Lee McCoy 65 (-7)
Scott Wolfes 65 (-7)
Patrick Newcomb 65 (-7)
Carter Jenkins 65 (-7)
Six players tied at 66 (-6)
Jared du Toit, Sebastian Szirmak and Stuart Macdonald were the top Canadians on the opening day at 5 under and sit 2 strokes back of the leaders
FIVE SHARE FIRST ROUND LEAD AT NATIONAL PINES
Patrick Newcomb, Johnny Ruiz, Lee McCoy, Scott Wolfes, and Carter Jenkins each shot rounds of 7-under 65 on Thursday at National Pines Golf Club to share the first round lead at the Ontario Championship, the 11th event of the 2017 Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada season.
The quintet finished the day one stroke ahead of six players at 6-under 66, with 21 players within two strokes of the lead after Thursday's play.
Newcomb, the winner last week at the Cape Breton Open, was bogey-free on the day with seven birdies and said he was even better on the greens than during his three-stroke victory last week.
Ruiz, a winner earlier this year at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, birdied three of his last four to reach 7-under and said he was comfortable on the course, which was designed by Tom McBroom.
McCoy, who also owns a win earlier this year at the Freedom 55 Financial Open, said a great day tee-to-green led him to his 7-under 65 despite minimal help from a cold putter.
Wolfes and Jenkins each birdied their final holes of the day to share the lead