PGA Q-School Roundup - Friday
Eugene Wong and David Byrne are among seven Canadians who have advanced to the second stage of the PGA Tour's Q-School.
Wong and Byrne were joined by Ted Brown, Ryan Yip, James Love, Roger Sloan and Adam Cornelson, who all moved on following their respective qualifiers on Frday.
Byrne of Essex, Ont., carded a final round 70 at the Grasslands Golf & Country Club in Lakeland, Florida which left him tied for seventh at 15-under par. Victor Ciesielski of Cambridge, Ont., closed with a 2-under 70 as well but missed the cut by two strokes. Only the top 19 and ties advanced to the next stage from this qualifier. Craig Hicks (70) of Tecumseh, Ont., also missed the cut as did Christopher Ross (72) of Dundas, Ont.
Wong of North Vancouver, B.C., carded a final round 72 at the Dayton Valley Golf Club in Nevada to finish in a tie for 14th in his first ever Q-school qualifier. Wong came into the event having won his last three professional tournaments. Calgary's Yip birdied two of his final three holes for a 73 to finish tied for 17th and on the cut line. Richard T. Lee of Vancouver shot a final round 69 to finish in a tie for 55th.
Brown of Peterborough, Ont., bogeyed two of his final three holes for a final round 3-over 73 at the Lake Caroline Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi. It was his worst showing of the week but he managed to finish tied for 16th at 3-under par which put him right on the cut line to advance to the second stage. Toronto's Nick Kenney carded a final round 75 to finish in 61st spot.
All three Canadians entered in the first stage qualifier in Lantana, Texas advanced to the next stage. James Love of Calgary carded a bogey-free round of 69 at the Lantana Golf Club to finish in seventh place. Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., overcame three bogeys with a pair of late birdies for a round of 73 to finish in a tie for ninth. Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., was 5-under par through 14 holes before dropping three strokes over his final four holes for a round of 70. That left him in a tie for 18th which left him right on the cut line.
Despite posting his best round of the week, Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., missed the cut at the first stage qualifier in Kannapolis, N.C. Burke posted a bogey-free round of 67 to finish tied for 21st at 4-under par, one stroke shy of the cut line. Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., shot a second straight 71 to also finish in a tie for 21st. Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., had seven birdies in a final round 66 to finish in a tie for 25th.
It was a similar result at the first stage qualifier in Palm Desert, California as none of the six Canadians entered advanced. James Allenby of Langley, B.C., carded a final round 68 but finished in a tie for 27th. Only the top 18 and ties advanced. Danny Sahl (72) of Sherwood Park, Alta., Winnipeg's Tyler Mancini (73), Louis-Pierre Godin (73) of Trois-Rivieres, Que., and Kent Eger (79) of Regina all missed the cut. Matt Daniel of Richmond, B.C. withdrew before the start of the final round.
Thirty-two more Canadians will take part in eight more first round qualifiers next week.