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Horowitz off to a hot start

Joe Horowitz came to within two shots of equalling the course record during yesterday's opening round of the $60,000 Gosling's Invitational at Belmont Hills.

The former Canadian Tour player and part-time musician overcame swirling winds to fire a sizzling six-under 64 that included two eagles, four birdies and three bogeys.

He currently leads the field by two shots heading into today's second round of the 72-hole tournament at the Algie Pully-designed Warwick lay-out.

Horowitz, who was the joint Gosling's Invitational winner with past US Open runner-up Mike Donald three years' ago, could not have asked for a better start after carding three birdies and an eagle to make the turn at five under.

He made eagle at the par-four second after his approach with a nine iron from 136 yards found its way into the cup, much to the affable golfer's delight.

“That's a blind shot so you kind of hit up there and hope and it happened to go in,” said Horowitz, who also shot a seven-under 63 at Belmont a few years' ago. “That was a bit of good fortune but they say when you mix a bit of good skill with good fortune good results happen. It just felt good and everything was clicking.”

The New York native, who has already released two albums on I Tunes and recently played alongside Eagles' band member Don Felder at a concert in Virginia, carded another eagle at the par-five 12th when his chip from 25 yards rolled in to take him to seven under for the round.

Horowitz, though, lost a bit of momentum with successive bogeys at 14 and 15 to prove that he is human after all.

But he regained his footing with a birdie at the par-three 17th to finish strongly.

“I only hit three really good shots but I had two eagles and three birdies and in this tournament all you try to do is avoid the big number,” he said.

Breathing closely down the American's neck are Canadian Tour player Matt Hoffman and local pro Anthony Mocklow who shot identical rounds of four-under 66.

Fairmont Southampton golf director Mocklow carded five birdies and a sole bogey at the par-four 15th .

“I had the ball in control and had good control over the driver and made a few good putts, so I have no complaints,” he said. “It was good fun.”

Hoffman offset a double bogey at the par-four third and two additional bogeys on the back nine with seven birdies, including consecutive birdies at 14, 15 and 16.

Two shots further adrift in fifth spot is defending champion Bill Walsh who carded three birdies and a bogey at the par-four 14th.

“To start the round with 68 is fine and hopefully I can make a few more putts tomorrow,” he said.

Tied with five other players at one-under after 18 holes is local player Terrence Daniels who is playing in only his second tournament since turning pro.

Daniels, who finished fourth overall in last year's Gosling's Invitational, endured mixed fortunes as he carded four birdies and as many bogeys.

“I could've made a few more putts but I'm pretty pleased with what I achieved and I am not out of it yet,” he said.

American Glenn Kelly currently leads the Senior Amateur field by one shot over four-time defending champion Jeffrey Lindo who came in five shots over par. Kelly has finished runner- up to his Bermudian rival for the past four years.

Ian Page and Chris Garland are joint leaders in the Open Amateur field at five over with 54 holes left to play.

Local pro Terence Daniels put himself in contention with a one-under par 69 on the first day of the Gosling's Invitational at Belmont Hills.(Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published November 29, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated November 29, 2011 at 8:18 am)

Horowitz off to a hot start

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