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Hoydalo, Friyia lead Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie Championship after round 1

Wesley Hoydalo (Josh Schaefer/ Golf Canada)

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Wesley Hoydalo and Jillian Friyia shot an even-par and 4-over, respectively, to lead their divisions after round one of the Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie Championship at Portage Golf Club on Friday.

Hoydalo posted an even-par 70 to lead in the junior boys division. After back-to-back bogeys on the front-nine, the Selkirk, Man., native stayed afloat thanks to birdies on holes 6, 14 and 16.

5 players are in striking distance of the lead. Bradley Moser of Saskatoon, Sask., is the closest, only one stroke behind the lead at 1-over-par 71. Four players — Steven Duchscher (Saskatoon, Sask.), Gerry Mei (North York, Ont.), Sylvain Ruest (Winnipeg, Man.) and Jakob Chicoyne (Calgary, Alta.) — share a piece of third at 2-over-par 72. With only two shots separating them from first, the competition will be close going into round two.

In the girls division, Jillian Friyia is in the lead at 4-over-par 76. The London, Ont., product had a rough time with three consecutive bogeys on the back-nine but finished strong on the last hole after hitting her third birdie.

Bobbi Uhl of Erickson, Man., is the closest to the lead at 5-over-par 77. Vancouver’s Michelle Liu rounds out the top-three at 6-over-par 78.

The top six finishers in the junior boys’ division will earn exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 30-Aug. 2 at Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club in Medicine Hat, Alta. The top six finishers in the junior girls’ division will earn exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C.

Round one results can be found here.

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