Balin, Brown hold lead at suspended ATB Financial Classic

07/31/2014 9:36 PM

07/31/2014 9:39 PM

Calgary, AB (SportsNetwork.com) - Daniel Balin holds the clubhouse lead, while Ted Brown was tied atop the leaderboard through 15 holes as first-round play was suspended due to inclement weather at the ATB Financial Classic on Thursday.

Balin and Brown, both of whom are seeking their first career victories on the PGA Tour Canada, are at 8-under, with Balin already in the clubhouse with his 64 at Sirocco Golf Club.

Defending champion Joe Panzeri, PC Financial Open and Syncrude Boreal Open winner Joel Dahmen, and Linus Gillgren all finished their rounds on Thursday and they are tied for third at 7-under 65.

Mauricio Azcue, Wes Heffernan, Christopher Ross, Stephen Carney and Brock Mackenzie are deadlocked in sixth place at 6-under, two shots off the lead. Azcue and Heffernan both finished their rounds with 66s and Ross is through 15 holes, while Carney and Mackenzie are both through 12.

Balin began his round on the front nine and carded his first birdie of the day at the second. Following four straight pars, Balin poured in back-to-back birdies at seven and eight before making the turn with a par at No. 9.

Balin added his fourth birdie of the day at No. 10. Two more pars preceded a birdie at the par-5 13th.

A birdie at 16 had Balin at 6-under for the day, and a big eagle at the par-5 17th put Balin in the lead at minus-8. He closed things out with a par at No. 18 and finished there.

Brown made his push toward the top of the leaderboard early with four straight birdies to begin the day from No. 1. Brown made his first par of the day at No. 5, but he got back to making birdies with back-to-back gains at six and seven. He rounded out the front nine with two pars at eight and nine.

Two more pars at 10 and 11 still had Brown at 6-under, but he vaulted into a share of the lead with Balin with back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13. Brown made pars on 14 and 15 before his round was stopped.

First-round play is scheduled to resume at 9:15 a.m. ET and second-round tee- times will be delayed 30 minutes.

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