SYDNEY, N.S. - Joel Dahmen fired a 10-under 62 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Cape Breton Celtic Classic on Thursday.
Dahmen led Wes Homan when play was suspended due to darkness. The 25-year-old the damp conditions helped him play aggressive.
"It's so soft out here you can hit a lot of drivers, and then you can hit it close to the hole," said Dahmen, whose 62 tied the best round of the PGA Tour Canada's season so far. "A four-iron is sticking the same as a wedge, so you can really be aggressive out there."
Dahmen added a putting tip from close friend and fellow Tour player Will Strickler led to a solid performance on the greens.
"I made a couple of long putts that I normally don't make," said Dahmen, who rolled in putts over 50-feet for birdie on the 17th hole and over 30-feet for birdie on the ninth.
"I've been hitting it really well for four or five weeks now and putting horrible. I actually got a little putting lesson from Will Strickler yesterday. I tried to play off that a little bit and the putts started going in."
Times Colonist Island Savings Open winner Stephen Gangluff was third after a 66.