I thought it was a pretty good day," said Shaw. "In the big picture of things, a 75 is an okay score out there when you see that the majority of the field is around that number."
Connor started his round on the par-4 1st hole, and birdied it. He then gave that back on the second hole and after another birdie (hole 6) and three other bogies (hole 4,7,8), Shaw went out with a 37. He kicked off the back with a bogey, but got that back shortly after with a birdie on 13. Shaw then played steady golf until the 18th when a bad shot cost him two strokes, as he finished with a double bogey and another 2-over on the back.
"One bad swing really cost me, and I definitely wish I could take that back," said Shaw. "But it was still a good day, and something to be excited about for the last few days here, and it tells me I can go even lower tomorrow. As much as the 75 feels a little high after that last hole, it was still a good number for me, so I'm happy."
At the time of posting, Travis Fredborg leads the Manitoba Amateur after shooting a 5-under 66 today.
"My mentality right now with Travis shooting a 66 just tells me that it's possible to shoot it out there for myself," said Shaw. "I'm happy with the way I am playing and how things are going. Obviously the conditions will be different tomorrow, the winds could be different, the pins will be different, so all in all, the conditions will make it a bit of a different golf course, but with the low scores today I know they are out there and I hope to go out there and shoot one tomorrow."
Shaw currently sits in T-17 and he will tee off in round 2 tomorrow at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club, then the Amateur switches over to Elmhurst for round 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Thursday.
"You can't make too many mistakes," said Shaw. "A lot of these guys are good enough players that if you make them, they are consistent so if you falter, you'll fall back. I had some mistakes today, but I also had some good shots. It's just about minimizing the mistakes tomorrow and taking advantage of the golf course and putting myself in position heading into round 3 and 4 at Elmhurst."
We will continue to have full coverage of Connor for the duration of the Manitoba Amateur right here on 730CKDM.
Jesse Skelton of Breezy Bend Country Club recorded an albatross on the par-5 8th hole today. Overall, of the players inside the top 10 (12), six of them made birdie or better on the 8th hole.
As of posting today, four golfers are under par. Fredborg (-5), Devon Schade (-3), Josh Neufeld (-3), Eric Johnson (-1).
The length of the course at Selkirk is 6,490 yards, while Elmhurst is 6,738.