Devlin finishes with a flurry

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

Timing is everything.

Just ask Ryan Devlin.

For the first time in years, Devlin's schedule has allowed him to play in the Alberta Open, something his fellow competitors likely wish hadn't happened.

Coming in later in the day and with six players tied for the lead at 4-under 68, Devlin eagled No.18 at Carnmoney Golf Club yesterday to grab the outright lead after the first round at the Alberta Open.

Devlin, 29, also eagled the par-5 12th hole yesterday but it was his play on the par-4s and his accuracy with the flatstick that kept his card low.

"I made a lot of putts today," he began to explain. "The greens are perfect and they're not really quick but smooth. If you get it on line they're going to go in because they're really true.

"Other than that, I hit a lot of good shots, a few wayward, and I made some great pars out of the high weeds."

Stuart Hendley, the 2003 Alberta Open champion, and last year's winner, Kris Wasylowich of Paradise Canyon, headlined the group tied for second at 4-under 68. Hendley, who made four birdies and no bogeys yesterday, proved with age comes wisdom. Or so he thinks.

Nevertheless, his smart decisions paid off yesterday as the Lacombe resident put himself in position to grab another provincial crown.

"I'm quite happy with my round," said Hendley. "I didn't hit the ball great but I kept it in play and made some good decisions."

Kyle Morrison, who shot 4-under, sits tied with Wasylowich as the low amateurs.

The final round goes today with tee-off times beginning at 7 a.m., weather permitting.


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