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Erick Justesen
Erick Justesen

Justesen, Habig set new course record in Windsor Add to ...

Erick Justesen of the United States shot a course record on Friday to vault into the lead at the Canadian Tour Championship.

The 26-year-old's nine-under-par 62 at Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ont., gave him a two-day total of 14-under 128 and a one-shot lead over Canadian Richard Scott, who lives in nearby Kingsville.

Scott, a three-time Canadian Amateur champion, shared the course record before Justesen broke it Friday on the Thomas McBroom-designed, links-style layout. He and Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., opened the event with 63s on Thursday.

Later in the day, Josh Habig of San Diego equalled Justesen's round of 62, making the second straight day two players established the course record. Habig was in a tie for eighth at 9-under par.

"It's Friday and I have a lot of golf ahead of me. I just hope to keep hitting some good shots and make the putts," said Justesen, who has only played two Canadian Tour events prior to the Tour Championship this year. "I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and focus on the shot at hand and not get ahead of myself."

Mike Grob of the United States, Oscar Serna of Mexico, Santiago Russi of Chile and Canadians Matt Hoffman and Stuart Anderson shared third spot.

Canada's top-ranked male golfer, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., was tied for 37th place at five under heading into weekend play.

Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., shot a second round 68 to make the cut in his second straight Canadian Tour event since coming back from a serious injuries suffered in a car accident earlier this year.

The Tour Championship is one of the developmental circuit's flagship events and the second of two in Ontario. It's being held at Ambassador for the first time.

 

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