BARRANQUILLA, ATLANTICO, Colombia – After the opening round of the South American Amateur two Team Canada members sit inside the top-15 with the windy conditions at the Country Club de Barranquilla in Colombia.
On the women’s side, Valerie Tanguay opened with a 2-over 74 and currently sits in a tie for 3rd. Tanguay carded three birdies on Wednesday and trails Colombia’s Cynthia Diaz by two strokes. Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C. carded a 8-over 80 to finish the day in a tie for 20th, while Calgary’s Jaclyn Lee struggled carding a 9-over 81 and is tied for 26th.
In the men’s competition, Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont. leads the Canadian squad at 2-over par after an opening round 74. Rank currently sits in a tie for 12th, eight strokes behind Jimmy Mullen who opened with a 6-under 66.
Team Canada Development Squad member Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont. carded a 3-over 75. The 15-year old currently sits as the second low Canadian in a tie for 15th. National Squad member Chris Hemmerich posted a 6-over 78 and sits in a tie for 32nd. Étienne Papineau opened with a 9-over 81, while Carter Simon finished at 11-over.
Canadian Results – Round 1
T12. Garrett Rank (Elmira, Ont.) 74, +2
T15. Tony Gil (Vaughan, Ont.), 75, +3
T32. Chris Hemmerich (Kitchener, Ont.) 78, +6
T41. Matt Williams (Calgary) 80, +8
T47. Étienne Papineau (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qué.) 81, +9
59. Carter Simon (Sutton, Ont.) 83, +11
3. Valérie Tanguay (St-Hyacinthe, Qué.) 74, +2
T20. Naomi Ko (Victoria, B.C.), 80, +8
T26. Jaclyn Lee (Calgary) 81, +9