Manotick’s Brad Fritsch and Kingston’s Matt McQuillan have some work to do at the PGA Tour Qualifying School Final Stage. Fortunately for them there is plenty of time and 90 more holes of golf to play.
Fritsch shot even par, 72, on Wednesday while playing the Stadium Course at PGA West. It shares hosting duties with the Nicklaus Tournament Course this week in La Quinta, California. The PGA Tour last visited there for Q-School finals in 2008.
The round by Fritsch puts him in a tie for 107th place after round 1. The top 25 players and ties after the completion of six rounds on Monday will earn PGA Tour status while approximately the next 50 players after that will receive full Nationwide Tour status. All players are guaranteed varying degrees of non-exempt status on the Nationwide Tour.
Kingston’s McQuillan has even more ground to make up. He shot a rusty looking 74 in round one and sits in a tie for 146th spot. There are 172 players in the field.
McQuillan does not have as much to gain in this process as Fritsch, however, as he was 137th on the PGA Tour Money List in 2011. That gives him non-exempt status on the 2012 PGA Tour as well as fully exempt status on the Nationwide Tour. He is simply working to improve his position for 2012. In 2011 he earned a PGA Tour Card at Q-School with a t-16 finish in the Finals.
Fritsch is attempting to return to at least the Nationwide Tour where he played three seasons from 2007-2009, or ideally, to the PGA Tour where he has never been a member.
Will Claxton and Daniel Summerhays lead the way at Q-School. Both players shot 64 on Wednesday.
Play resumes today under what could be trying conditions. Winds of 40-60 KM/H are expected with gusts reaching as high as 60 KM/H.
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