Fort McMurray, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Joel Dahmen fired a 9-under 63 on Thursday to claim a 2-stroke lead after the opening round of the Syncrude Boreal Open.
Dahmen collected his first career win on the PGA Tour Canada at the season- opening PC Financial Open.
Evan Harmeling carded a 7-under 65 to sit alone in second place at Fort McMurray Golf Club, while Daniel Miernicki and Matt Hill shared third at 6- under 66.
Christopher Wolfe, Sean Shahi, Ryan Williams and Bruce Woodall are tied for fifth at 5-under 67.
Dahmen started on the back nine and opened his round on fire with four straight birdies. He would later trade a birdie at the 17th with a bogey at the 18th to make the turn at 4-under.
After parring the next two holes, Dahmen raced home with five birdies over his final six holes to vault to the top of the leaderboard.
Harmeling countered a lone bogey with eight birdies to finish two shots off of the pace.
NOTES: Defending champion Riley Wheeldon carded a 1-over 73 in the first round and is tied for 80th place ... All three winners of this tournament have been Canada natives, Danny Sahl (2011), Cory Renfrew (2012) and Wheeldon ... Hill lost to Wheeldon in a playoff here last season.