She started the day with a bogey, but Catherine Fortin landed on top of the heap after the opening round of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Tour stop yesterday at Rivermead in Aylmer.
The 21-year-old amateur scored five birdies and was the only golfer to finish at par or better -- with an even-par 72.
"Everything was going good," said Fortin, who entered the tournament because it's only a five-hour drive from her home in Beauceville, Que., located south of Quebec City.
"I was driving the fairway or the green. If I wasn't driving the green or the fairway, I was doing my up-and-down, so it went well."
She begins today's final round one shot in front of Toronto's Louise Zylstra and two ahead of Marie-Josee Rouleau of St-Lambert, Que., Linda Shephard of Brighton, and Nisha Sadekar of Stouffville.
Ottawa's Ashley Bickerton, who plays out of Rivermead, is three back.
"I'm just going to play shot by shot and try to do what I did today and forget about the other players and just play my game and see what's going on," said Fortin, who finished her freshman year on a golf scholarship at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich.
"Winning would mean a lot. It would mean a step forward in my golf."
Four of Fortin's birdies came on the back nine, a finish marred by a triple-bogey 7 on the 321-yard 13th hole.