The weather might be cool in Canada but a number of regional touring pros are or were in action this week in warmer climates.
Kingston’s Matt McQuillan is playing his first PGA start of the season at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Round one was a rusty return for the 30-year-old as he posted a one over par score of 73 at the Spyglass Hill golf course leaving him well back in the field. Spyglass features miniscule greens and it showed in McQuillan’s statistics with a Greens In Regulation mark of just 38.9% on the day. He” need to improve that as he moves over to the Monterey Peninsula Shore Course for round two.
Fellow Canadians fared a little better. Mike Weir shot even par at the Monterey Peninsula Shore course while Graham DeLaet got to within three of the lead with a sparkling 66 (-6) at the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
With three courses in the tournament rotation we’ll need to see every player in the field test themselves on the full trio before it shows the true state of the games for the Canadian contingent. The cut will come Saturday night after round three.
Ryan Kennedy of Kingston continued to show promise on the NGA Pro Golf Tour. The young pro made another cut this week in a Myrtle Beach area tournament. Kennedy shot 74-68-71 to finish in a tie for 10th place at the Barefoot Resort Love Course. In seven events so far this season on the Carolina Winter Series Kennedy has played seven events and made three cuts.
Rounds of 71 and 74 left Gatineau, Quebec’s Marc-Etienne Bussieres outside the cut line at the NGA Pro Golf Tour Winter Series event in Florida this past week. It was just the first missed cut for Bussieres so far in eight events he has played on the tour. Bussieres is currently in 28th place on the tour’s money list having cashed cheques to the tune of $10,929.25 so far.