Peterborough, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Cornelson fired a bogey-free, 9- under 63 on Thursday en route to grabbing a 1-stroke lead after the opening round of The Wildfire Invitational.
Cornelson has missed the cut in six of his nine starts this year. His 63 was his low round of the year by four strokes, and it matched the course record that Kyle Stough and Hugo Leon set last year at Wildfire Golf Club.
Evan Harmeling, who has missed the cut in four of his last six starts, is one stroke back minus-8. Andrew Georgiou and Peter Campbell share third place at 7-under 65.
Order of Merit leader Joel Dahmen and Brock Mackenzie, who have both won this year on the PGA Tour Canada, headline a group of nine players tied for fifth at minus-6. They were joined there by Justin Shin, Jack Newman, Randall Hutchison, Micah Burke, Riley Fleming, Jeff Dennis and Chris Hemmerich, who made his professional debut last week.
Cornelson got off to a quick start as he birdied three of four holes from the second. After a pair of pars, he birdied the eighth and parred the ninth as he made the turn at minus-4.
The Canadian parred the first two holes of the back nine. He converted back- to-back birdie efforts at 12 and 13. Cornelson made eagle on the par-5 16th to jump into the lead.
Cornelson closed with a birdie on the 18th to match the course record.
Harmeling notched back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 to get on the board. After a par on the 14th, he poured in four consecutive birdies from the 15th.
He tumbled from a share of the lead with a bogey on the first and a double- bogey on the second. Harmeling recovered those lost strokes with three straight birdies from the fourth.
Harmeling birdied the eighth and ninth to end one behind Cornelson.
NOTES: Cornelson owned the first-round lead for the first time on the PGA Tour Canada ... Mackenzie leads the tour in first-round scoring average at 66.67 ... David Bradshaw, last week's winner, opened with a 4-udner 68 and is tied for 20th.