Notes from PGA TOUR Canada, PGA of Ottawa, PGA TOUR and More

Marc-Etienne Bussieres (File Photo: Scott MacLeod)
Marc-Etienne Bussieres (File Photo: Scott MacLeod)
Marc-Etienne Bussieres (File Photo: Scott MacLeod)

Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch is finally back in action this week. It has been three weeks since Brad was able to get into a field on the PGA TOUR and he has had just three starts since the start of February. His last was at the Valero Texas Open that ended March 30th.

He will join the full complement of PGA TOUR members from Canada in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans including Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Stephen Ames, and Mike Weir.

It was a happy Easter weekend for Jordan Krantz of Vermillion Bay, Ontario.  The 33 year-old Northern Ontario golfer (Vermillion is almost halfway between Kenora and Dryden) took medalist honours at the PGA TOUR Canada Florida Qualifying Tournament.

He was among six Canadians who earned status at the event. 43 players in total earned some status on the TOUR for 2014.

Krantz earned top spot on the back of his closing round of 66 at the Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Resort on Saturday.

“It was great to put it away today. I didn’t want to leave anything to chance,” said Krantz, who was thrilled to have played his best golf of the week at the end of a demanding week like a qualifying tournament. “It’s such a test. You really have to bear down and just believe in yourself, but if you’re resilient and believe in what you’re doing you can really build on that. Hopefully I can use this as a jumping stone.”

The PGA of Ottawa has made another addition to the Flagstick.com Players Tour.  In aid of boosting tournament participation by Assistant Professionals a Mini-Tour has been created for 2014.

The three event series will begin at Carleton Golf & Yacht Club on June 23rd.  The second event will be played at the Renfrew Golf Club on July 23rd with the concluding tournament being hosted by Glen Mar Golf & Country Club on September 8th.

Eligible Zone members should check the member side of the PGA of Ottawa Zone website for registration & further details.

One of the Ottawa-Gatineau region’s finest young golf professionals is taking his career in a  new direction. Former Quebec Amateur and collegiate star Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau is putting away his suitcase and shifting away from the life of a touring professional.

Bussieres, who spent most of the last four seasons plying his trade with decent success on the NGA Tour, is moving to Magog, Quebec where he has accepted an Assistant Professional position at the Memphremagog Golf Club.