It is the best possible result for golf fans in Eastern Ontario – both golf professionals from this neck of the woods will be teeing it up this weekend at the RBC Canadian Open. Brad Fritsch and Matt McQuillan each have a share of 28th spot with two rounds to play in their national championship.
Matt McQuillan (68-73) will be playing his third straight weekend on the PGA Tour. The 30 year-old Kingston native started round two at Shaughnessy GC in the top ten but faltered slightly on Friday. After nine straight pars on his front nine he joined much of the rest of the field in having trouble with hole #1 at Shaughnessey where he made a double bogey. After a comeback birdie on the next hole the rough grabbed him again for the 3rd and 4th holes where he went three over par. Fortunately he was able to smooth things out as he headed into the clubhouse as he played his last five holes in one under par.
Fritsch (71-70) had a much steadier go in his second round, posting two birdies and two bogies and fourteen pars for an even par 70. The 33 year-old Manotick, Ontario native said he credits his good play to hitting fairways and having a dependable putting stroke that has carried over from his recent strong play on the Canadian Tour.
Both players will start round three just five strokes back of the tournament lead. The pair will play together on Saturday, teeing off at 11:05 Eastern with Bud Cauley as their third.