Team Canada

Hugo Bernard and Joey Savoie in the race at the Azalea Invitational

Hugo Bernard (Justin Naro/ Golf Canada)

Charleston, South Carolina – A member of Canada’s National Squad was in the lead after the first day of competition at the Azalea Invitational, an annual event that features over a hundred of the top amateurs in North America.

Hugo Bernard, of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Québec, concluded his first round with a 67, good for the top position of this event held on the magnificent fairways of the Charleston Country Club. The club has a rich history, with roots originating to 1786 when it was founded by Scottish merchants newly established in the area.

The winner of this tournament, held March 22-25, will receive the Frank C. Ford trophy, awarded since 2002 to the Azalea Champion in honour of this six-time winner of the event.

Joey Savoie, another Canadian National Squad member, had a solid start by posting a 70, good for a top 10 finish. Josh Whalen of Napanee, Ontario, is also in the field and shot a 72 in the opener.

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