Russell's Jay Thiesen is in a pretty good spot after his first round at the Canadian Mid-Amateur Golf Championships at the Summit Golf & Country Club.

He fired a 3 over, 74 earlier today. The round included two birdies, three bogies, and one double bogey. 

Starting on the back nine, Jay made bogey on the 11th hole, but he rebounded with a birdie on 16. After a bogey on four and birdie on five, Thiesen made double on the sixth hole. He rounded out his round with two pars and one bogey in the final three holes.

"My ball-striking was okay. The driver wasn't the best off the tee, but I was hitting lots of greens and I was putting pretty well," he said from his hotel room. "I was pretty pleased for the most part."

After a 7:41 tee-time this morning, Jay will tee off tomorrow at 12:41. He will begin his round on the first hole.

"I think I'm pretty confident going into tomorrow. I putt well, but I didn't really make that many, I lipped out several times," he said. "If I can just cut out some of the mistakes, I could have easily been even par today and been right in there."

As of this posting, Jay is in a tie for 18th place. The leader is 5 under right now, but second place is just 1 under. That means just four strokes separate second from 18th place.

"I think I'll be a little more aggressive tomorrow, even more so than today," he said. "If I can get a few more putts to go down, I think I'll be in a good spot. Shooting even par is definitely gettable, anything below that is a bonus."