Disappointing Weekend For Regional Tour Pros

They might have made it to the weekend of play on their respective tours, but a number of tour pros with Eastern Ontario ties did not make the move they hoped for over the final 36 holes of their events.

On the PGA Tour Matt McQuillan of Kingston made his first cut of the year in his 6th event of the season, the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.  McQuillan wandered near the top of the leaderboard on Friday, in a tie for 7th place at one point, and rounds of 71 and 69 were enough to get him to the weekend.  Unfortunately a third round of 76 left him in a tie for 72nd place, a position he maintained to the end of regulation play with a final round of 73.  For his efforts McQuillan, who now uses Tampa, Florida as his home base, picked up $10,920.

It was a similar story on the Nationwide Tour where former Deep River and  Belleville resident Jon Mills was near the top of the leaderboard through two rounds (66-71) before falling off sharply on the weekend.  Closing scores of 78 and 76 left him tied for 53rd place at the Mexico Open presented by Bananamex.

Mills shared that final position with Manotick, Ontario-raised Brad Fritsch.  The 34 year-old squeaked into the weekend with opening rounds of 74 and 70 but could not gain much ground with a 75 and a 72 on the final 36 holes.  After 11 events Fritsch sits in 30th place on the Money List, just five spots back of the Top 25 that will earn their PGA Tour for 2013 at the end of the Nationwide Tour season.

On the Canadian Tour, it was Oliver Tubb of Stirling, Ontario who was doing a fine job representing the region through the opening 36 holes of the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, B.C.  Tubb, who now lives in the Vancouver area, opened with 67 in Victoria and followed up with a 70, 71, and a 73, ultimately tying for 35th place.   A double bogey and four bogeys hampered Tubb’s advance up the leaderboard on Sunday.

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