Marc-Etienne Bussieres made the most of his final round on Thursday at this week’s NGA Pro Golf Tour event in Florida.
The 25 year-old Gatineau native who won the 2011 Quebec Spring Open charged from the back of the pack in the 54 hole tournament, posting a closing 67. The five under par tally boosted him from a tie for 27th place after two rounds into a tie for 7th place.
Bussieres’ rounds of 72, 68, and 67 earned him $2,670.00.
Even though he was in the top ten, Bussieres’ total was still well back of the one posted by tournament winner Brian Richey. Richey, from Lakeland, Florida, went wire to wire to win the Bridgestone Winter Series event at Southern Dunes G&CC, ending the week at 20 under par on his way to a seven shot win.
The former PING Division II All-American at Florida Southern opened the three-round event with a 6-under 66 and never looked back, recording a tournament-low 63 in the second round before finishing off the tournament – and the field – with a 5-under 67 in Thursday s final round.
“I’m riding high right now, said an elated Richey. Twenty under is pretty ridiculous. I think I missed the last four cuts before Christmas, so I took a little break. And then I came out here this week and I was in la-la land.”
Richey’s first payday of 2012 was $13,500.
Bussieres is off to a great start in the Winter Series. He has made the cut in all five events he has played in, a feat hard to do on the NGA Tour where only the top 40 and ties advance to the final round.
Marc-Etienne currently sits at 15th spot on the Order of Merit with $10,122.25 earned so far. He is also 11th place on the points list
There are four more events left to play in the 12 tournament series that will end on February 8th. The top 30 money leaders at the end of the series will be fully exempt to the 32 event 2012 NGA Pro Series. The top 15 leading money winners at the end of the season will split a $20,o0o prize pool. The top 10 leading money winners will not only be exempt for the 2012 NGA Pro Series but their membership fee will be waived.