Ally Tidcombe started slowly but rebounded to shoot an opening-round 71 Thursday at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica stop in Cordoba, Argentina.
The 24-year-old from Wolfville played his opening nine holes in two over before collecting three birdies coming home at Cordoba Golf Club to finish in level par.
"I managed to battle back well after a slow start," he said in a text message. "I grounded out a couple of pars to end my first nine, then had a fresh mindset on my back nine and it paid off.
"I hit the ball fantastic, however had a little tough time controlling my yardages," he said, chalking it up to the warm temperatures and elevation changes on the course.
"I'm ready to get going early tomorrow morning and make a few more putts."
Tidcombe enters Friday's second round tied for 30th.
Peter Campbell of Baddeck also started slowly, but he was unable to turn it around.
"Today was a bit of a disaster (and I) continued to struggle with my ball-striking and putting," Campbell via text after a round of 81 that left his tied for last place at 10 over.
The 34-year-old was stung by three double bogeys on the day.
"It's been a tough stretch of golf so far this year. I'm hoping it turns around soon."
Paulo Pinto of Argentina leads the tournament by a shot after posting 6-under 65 on Thursday. Americans Brian Richey and D.J. Brigman are one shot back.
This is the fifth stop of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica series. The tour will take a one-week break after this event before resuming in Costa Rica on May 4.