It was a great day for the home club at the Nova Scotia Golf Association junior (ages 10 to 18) championship yesterday.

Six competitors from the Brightwood Golf and Country Club in Dartmouth found themselves in the top 10, with Corey Venturini leading the way.

Venturini sat tied with Eric Banks of Truro after both golfers made par with matching opening rounds of 68 yesterday.

Ally Tidcombe of Ken-Wo and Matt Gallupe of Brightwood sit tied for third, one stroke behind the leaders.

Chris Hill, Colin MacKinley and Ryan Bunker were the other Brightwood standouts through 18 holes and are among those in a five-way tie for sixth, three strokes back.

Two-time defending champion Eric Locke of Digby Pines is within striking distance after the first round, five strokes back with a 73.

The 72-hole event continues today, while the champion will be declared Thursday.

The top four finishers will compete at nationals from Aug. 2 to 6 in Richmond, B.C.

Brynn Tomie of Northumberland and Emily Romkey of Oakfield lead the girls field with 9-over 77s.

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