Two time defending champion Braxton Kuntz of Breezy Bend Country Club shot a five under par 67 to sit atop of the Manitoba Blue Cross leaderboard after the opening round of the Nott Autocorp Men’s Amateur Championship at Oak Island Golf.
Kuntz made five birdies and 13 pars en route to a one stroke lead over Ryan McMillan of Elmhurst Golf & Country Club.
Five players are tied for third place, three strokes back of Kuntz. They include Bailey Bjornson of British Columbia, Elmhurst’s Jordy Lutz, Evan Nachtigall of Wheat City Golf Course, Curtis Markusson of St. Charles Country Club and Niakwa Country Club member Todd Fanning.
This year’s championship is a 54 hole Stroke Play competition. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 60 players and ties as well any players within ten (10) strokes of first place.
For Friday’s second round tee times, click here.
For live scoring on the Manitoba Blue Cross leaderboard, click here.
As an extra incentive, this year’s champion will be awarded an exemption into the CentrePort Canada Rail Park Manitoba Open, August 24-27 at Southwood Golf & Country Club.