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Nickerson, Harris lead after first round at amateur championship - Metro US

Nickerson, Harris lead after first round at amateur championship

Aaron Nickerson of River Hills has the early lead at the Nova Scotia Golf Association’s men’s amateur championship at the Osprey Ridge Golf Club in Bridgewater.

Nickerson, a Clarks Harbour native, shot an opening-round 4-under 68 yesterday and holds a two-stroke lead over Abercrombie’s Brian Affleck and Oakfield’s Geoff Campbell. Both were 2-under 70 on the 6,607-yard layout.

The 39-year-old Nickerson captured last year’s mid-amateur crown but is seeking his first win at the amateur.

Ashburn’s Glenn Robinson and Ken-Wo’s Ally Tidcombe were 1-under par to round out the top five.

Second-round action gets underway today at 7:30 a.m.

At the Grandview Golf and Country Club in Westphal, Ken-Wo’s Laura Harris of New Minas has a whopping 10-stroke lead at the women’s amateur after opening day.

Harris, who won the tournament in 2004 and 2007, fired a 3-over 75 to put her well in front of the 19-player field. Defending champion Mirielle LeBlanc of Clare is second after going 13-over 85. Ashburn’s Cathy Donald is third at 86.

Harris is coming off her junior year at Illinois State. She was named to the NCAA Division I all-American scholar team, posting three top-20 finishes and a stroke average of 78.5.

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