Sloan and Coe Lead in Fort McMurray

via the Canadian Tour…

(Fort McMurray, AB., June 23, 2011) – Roger Sloan of Merritt, BC and Alex Coe of La Quinta, CA both shot 7-under-par 65 to set a new course record at the Fort McMurray Golf Club today in Northern Alberta. Coincidently both Sloan and Coe played in the final round of the Western Championship earlier this month in Kamloops, BC where Sloan was victorious after a final round 66 for a total of 23-under-par.

Sloan got off to a fast start making birdies on six of his first nine holes to make an early move up the leader board. His back nine was a little rockier where he made three bogeys to go along with four birdies.

“It was bittersweet to make two bogeys on my last three holes,” said Sloan who went 63 straight holes at the Western Championship without a bogey. “Overall the 65 puts me in a good position and I’m eager to get out tomorrow to exact some revenge on this golf course,” added the 24-year-old Sloan.

Coe meanwhile was bogey free on his round shooting 31 on his front nine and 34 on the backside of the Bill Newis design. Coe, who last won on the Canadian Tour in 2008 at the Jane Rogers Championship was pleased with his play.

“I played a pretty boring round today but I stuck to my game plan and overall I’m pleased,” said Coe who finished the Western Championship in a tie for ninth spot. “I like the position I’m in and I feel good mentally and my game is right where I want it to be,” added the Pepperdine University graduate.

Fresh from their U.S. Open appearances both Adam Hadwin and Wes Heffernan joined Roger Sloan in the feature pairing of the day. The featured group didn’t disappoint the fans in Fort McMurray combining for 20 birdies and total score 14-under-par. Hadwin, who is now ranked 307th in World Golf Rankings, was the only player to go bogey free carding 6 birdies en route to 6-under-par 66.

“When you have guys in your group making birdies it always makes it more enjoyable,” added Hadwin, who finished T39 at the U.S. Open. “I’m swinging well right now and making a few putts which always helps and I’m looking forward to the rest of the week,” added Hadwin who earned just over $40,000 for his efforts at Congressional.

Brett Kanda, Jeff Cuzzort and Thomas Petersson matched Hadwin’s 6-under-par round and sit one shot out of the lead. Cuzzort started his second straight Canadian Tour event with an opening 66 and will be looking to improve on his T9 showing at the Western Championship. Petersson meanwhile will be looking to string four solid rounds together after struggling on the weekend in
Kamloops finishing in a tie for 32nd spot. Kanda in just his third Canadian Tour event made five birdies, one eagle and one bogey.

The most colourful scorecard of the year thus far goes to Matthew Rosen of Tucson, AZ. Rosen holed out from the fairway twice today posting an Albatross on the Par 5 fifth hole and an eagle on the par 4 10th hole. Rosen’s albatross, the first of his career, was compliments of a five iron from 218 yards.

“We actually couldn’t see it from the fairway,” said Rosen, who is playing the 2011 season on medical extension. “When we got up to the hole my playing partner said “Dude it’s in the hole” added Rosen who sit in a tie for 7th spot after round one at Fort McMurray Golf Club.

In action by Eastern Ontario golf pros, Kingston’s Brad Revell led the way with an opening 68, 4 under par.  Oliver Tubb of Stirling, Ontario shot 69 while Brad Fritsch of Manotick tuned in a 70.  Ottawa’s Andrew Jensen struggled to a 79 in his return to Canadian Tour action as an affiliate member.

The inaugural Syncrude Boreal Open played at the Fort McMurray Golf Club marks the first time the Canadian Tour has been back to Alberta’s third largest city since 1989.  The $150,000 event is scheduled to be in Fort McMurray for the next two years following the commitment from title sponsor Syncrude Canada Limited.