Tanguay and Riches lead after opening round of CN Future Links Pacific Championship

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Naomi Ko (Golf Canada/ Graig Abel)

Victoria, B.C. (Golf Canada) – After the first round of the CN Future Links Pacific Championship Valérie Tanguay leads the Junior Girls division by four strokes, while Victoria’s Jeff Riches sits one stroke ahead in the Junior Boys division.

Tanguay, of St-Hyacinthe, Que., posted five birdies in her opening round 71 on Bear Mountain Golf Club’s Valley Course in Victoria, B.C. The 18-year-old Team Canada Development Squad member closed out her round with a 2-under 34 on the back-nine and currently leads by four strokes over Alisha Lau of Richmond, B.C., Mary Parson of Delta, B.C. and Avril Li of Port Moody, B.C. Team Canada Development Squad member and Victoria, B.C. native Naomi Ko, 16,  rounded out the top-5 after a 5-over 76.

In the Junior Boys Division, Riches, 18, carded an even-par 71 that included four birdies. He currently leads by a stroke over A.J. Armstrong of St. Albert, Alta. and Alex Francois of Burnaby, B.C.

Logan Yanick of Courtenay, B.C. posted a 2-over 73 and currently sits in solo fourth. Team Canada Development Squad members Carter Simon of Sutton, Ont. and Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont. carded opening round 3-over 74’s and share fifth place alongside Vancouver’s Patrick Tan, Henry Lee of Coquitlam, B.C. and Jason Martens of Edmonton.

The top six competitors in the Junior Boys division of each of six regional CN Future Links Championship being held in 2014 will earn exemptions into the 2014 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, which will be contested July 28 – August 1 at the Legends on the Niagara (Battlefield Course) in Niagara Falls, Ont. The Junior Girls champion from each 2014 CN Future Links Championship will earn an exemption into the 2014 Canadian Junior Girls Championship which runs July 28 – August 1 at Thornhill Golf and Country Club in Thornhill, Ont.