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Tidcombe shoots 69 in PGA Tour Latinoamerica debut; Campbell posts 73

Wolfville's Ally Tidcombe posted a 2-under 69 Thursday in his first round as a member of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Peter Campbell of Baddeck kicked off his tour season with a round of 73.
Ally Tidcombe collected four birdies in his opening-round 69 at the Avianca Colombia Open in Bogota on Thursday. (WAYNE TIDCOMBE)

Wolfville's Ally Tidcombe posted a 2-under 69 Thursday in his first round as a member of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

"I played solid today," Tidcombe said in a text message.

"The wind was up for most part of the day and some of the flag positions were some of the toughest I've ever seen, so putting from the correct side was so important."

The 24-year-old had four birdies against two bogeys at the Avianca Colombia Open at Club Campestre Guaymaral in the capital city of Bogota.

"I hit my irons fantastic all day, especially on the back nine, and was a little frustrated I couldn't get a couple to drop," he said. "But finishing with two birdies was rewarding and my patience paid off."

Tidcombe is tied for 20th with play suspended due to darkness, the result of fog in the morning that delayed the start. The 21 players who did not complete their round return to action at 7 a.m. Friday.

Peter Campbell of Baddeck kicked off his tour season with a round of 73.

"I'm excited to get the season started," Campbell said via text.

"I'm in the middle of a swing change so I'm not 100 per cent comfortable on the golf course. Today, I never gave myself enough looks at birdie, felt like I was struggling to make pars."

The 34-year-old had four bogeys and a pair of birdies in the first round and sits tied for 85th.

"I'm looking forward to playing better tomorrow."

American Brandon Matthews leads by three after shooting a 9-under 62 on the strength of an eagle and eight birdies.

Two other Canadians are also in the field.

Devin Carrey of Burnaby, B.C., opened with a 1-under 70, while former Big Break P.E.I. winner Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., is also at 1 under with three holes to play in his first round.

Tour Notes — This is the fourth straight year the PGA Tour Latinoamerica has started with the Colombia Open. Past tournament champions include Arnold Palmer (1956), Chi Chi Rodriguez (1963) and Bernhard Langer (1980).


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