Canadians On The Rise at Tour Qualifying

They needed to make a move and they did just that.

After a slow start in round one of six at the PGA TOUR Final Qualifying School, today the Canadian contingent showed their talents in the Coachella Valley of California.  It was somewhat similar, at least for some, for the Canadian ladies at LPGA Tour Qualifying in Florida.

2012 PGA TOUR Canada Order of Merit Winner Matt Hill led the charge for the men with a sparkling round of 65 that made up for his opening 74.   Proving anything can happen at PGA Tour Q-School that boosted him an impressive 111 spots.  He shares 39th with four rounds to play.  The top 25 and ties move on to the PGA Tour in 2013.

Among those sharing 39th with Hill is Ottawa, Ontario’s Brad Fritsch.  He added a -5, 67, to his opening 72. He has a higher target in mind that most in La Quinta.  Already in possession of a PGA Tour Card for 2013 due to his 18th place finish on the Tour money list he will need a 17th place finish or higher to improve his priority ranking for next year, his sole goal this week.

Roger Sloan (71-72), Mitch Evanecz (74-69), Richard Scott (73-70) and Ryan Yip (72-71) also creeped into the sub-par stratosphere with solid rounds on Thursday.  Each now sits at -1 overall and tied for 94th.

Adam Hadwin is the only Canadian left over par.  He added a -1, 71, to his opening 74 on Thursday to reach +1 overall.

PGA Tour Q-School will wrap up on Monday.  The top 25 and ties earn a spot on the PGA Tour while the next number of players closest to 50 become exempt on the Tour.  All other players earn conditional status on the Tour.

Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ontario made the move of the day among the eight Canadian ladies playing in LPGA Tour Final Stage Qualifying.

Sherlock turned in a second round 70 to move her way into a share of seventh place at 141 total.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham, who sat near the top of the board after round one of five with a 69, backed up a but with a 75 but still shares 30th place.

Seema Sedakar is tw0 strokes back of her in a share of 40th, the last spot that will earn any exempt status on the 2013 LPGA Tour. The top 20 receive fully exempt status after the end of 90 holes on Sunday. The next 20 will earn conditional LPGA Tour status.

Currently out of position for LPGA status are Sue Kim (76-71) sharing 53rd, Samantha Richdale in a tie for 80th, Izzy Biesiegel (t-93), and Ashley Sholer (t-103).

Kirby Dreher of British Columbia is struggling the most among the Canadians as she shares 116th place.  There are 121 players in the field.

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