Ottawa golf history will be made Thursday. The National Capital Region may have played host to fine national golfing moments like the founding of the RCGA and the PGA of Canada, along with many great events like the Canadian Open, Canadian Women’s Open, and Canadian Amateur but never has a resident of the city been a full-time member of the PGA Tour.
That all changes at the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii where RideauView Country Club member Brad Fritsch makes his debut as a PGA Tour member at 1:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.
On his very first trip to Hawaii, Fritsch, who was raised in Manotick but now resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina, will have plenty of support as nearly his entire family will be there to cheer him on. He will be getting equal backing from those back in his home country with him being one of five Canadians in the field this week. He joins Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Graham DeLaet, and David Hearn in the tournament.
Unless Brad can play exceptionally well it is unlikely that he will get much television time in his first round of a PGA Tour member but there is no doubt that his ShotTracker page on the tour website (found here) will be getting some major visits.
Fritsch has made five PGA Tour starts since he turned professional in 2000, making just one cut at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open where he finished in a tie for 71st. After an impressive campaign on the 2012 Web.com Tour where he finished 18th on the money list, it appears he is ready to tackle the world’s top professional golf tour. A fast start for this year will go a long way toward maintaining his status on tour. With a compressed schedule he will not get into too many events before the rookies are reshuffled in the priority ranking. A made cut and nice cheque in Hawaii would go a long way.
Brad has been prepping hard for the season, spending time over the last week in the California desert with his coach Patrick Kelly and good friend and fellow PGA Tour member David Mathis.
With a long history of covering Brad throughout his amateur and professional career (he graced our cover back in 2000) everybody at Flagstick wishes him all the best with his rookie season on the PGA Tour.