The 28-year-old Bohn carded an 8-under-par 64 and has a two-shot cushion over Stuart Anderson (Strathmore, AB), Zoltan Veress (Kitchener, ON), Kent Fukushima (Grande Prairie, AB) and Bryan Wright (Raeford, N.C.). Three others, including Brett Bingham (Red Deer, AB), are at 5-under.
Bohn eclipsed the previous Clovelly Golf Club mark set last year by Duane Bock (Morganton, N.C.) during the NewTel Atlantic Cup, a Canadian Tour specialty event held at this same course. On Thursday, the high winds so legendary in the Labrador at least subsided, allowing Bohn, who was in the second group in the morning draw, to set the new benchmark.
There was a little bit of a breeze out there, but nothing like it has been in past years, he said, breaking into a smile before adding, but I hope it will pick up this afternoon.
On Monday, Bohns scheduled flight from Ottawa to Newfoundland didnt come without adventure. While attempting to re-board the plane following a stopover in Halifax, NS, Bohn was told his ticket showed he was bound from Halifax to St. John, NB instead of St. Johns, the most easterly point of North America. While he was eventually able to pay the difference in fare and continue on to Newfoundland, much to the delight of other Tour players on the same flight who gave him a good-natured applause when he re-boarded, Bohns baggage and clubs didnt arrive until just after midnight Monday.
Things didnt get any easier early Thursday when Bohn hit his first tee shot of the day into the woods and then, hoping to get a better second shot, pulled a muscle in his back when attempting to move a tree that had been cut down.
There I was looking for a hot start, first hole of the day, right out of the gate, and I think, Atta boy, hit it right into the trees, said the 2000 Shell Payless Open champion, who won $1,000,000 US in 1992 when he aced a sponsored hole-in-one contest while at the University of Alabama. The back was more irritating than anything else, it wasnt that it was extremely painful. Nothing compared to what some of these other guys go through. I just used a little more club all day, and I kept getting it close.
Following the Aliant Cup, the top three leaders on the McDonalds Order of Merit, as well as the top two Canadians, will be exempted into both the Air Canada Championship and Bell Canadian Open.
Full-field scores from the Aliant Cup