Despite heavy rains overnight, players were treated to ideal conditions at the nine-hole Grande Meadows (competitors played the course twice to make 18 holes) under overcast skies, but in warm temperatures.
Bruce, who was runner-up to Evan D’Angelo at the 2016 provincial juniors, holds a two-stroke lead over Michael Simms of Clovelly in St. John’s. Matthew Bonnell of Blomidon in Corner Brook is third with a 77, while Ethan Efford of Clovelly shot a 78, putting him in fourth and five shots off the lead.
Simms and Efford are also age-eligible for the juvenile boys division and sit one-two in that competition with their first-day scores.
In fact, Efford is also young enough to qualify as a bantam and tops that division by six strokes over fellow Clovelly golfer Ethan Young of Torbay.
In juvenile boys, Alex Dolomount of St. John’s is tied for third with fellow Bally Haly golfer Patrick Rice and Nathan Young of Clovelly. All three carded 84s, putting them six strokes behind Efford.
Young, along with Joseph Cluney of Blomidon, who had a 95 Monday, round out the top three in the bantam division.
In the junior girls division, Taylor Cormier of Blomidon recorded an 88 to build up a five-stroke lead over 2016 juvenile champion Paige Hickey of Corner Brook.
The second round is set for this morning, beginning at nine o’clock.