Undoubtedly most of you got your fill of golf over the weekend, on television at least, as conditions for outdoor golf in Ottawa, Gatineau, and Eastern Ontario are not quite optimal as of yet. While Adam Scott was making Australian history at The Masters there were several other events going on in the golf world that were not garnering quite as much attention.
Bussieres Showing Fine Form
The NGA TOUR was in Brunswick, Georgia this past week for the Heritage Oaks Classic, part of their Pro Series. Alumni of the Tour includes major winners Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley.
Marc-Etienne Bussieres of Gatineau is trying to follow in their footsteps and he’s making quite a bit of progress so far. The former standout Golf Quebec player and South Alabama Jaguar shot -12 to take 5th place at Heritage Oaks. The placing was enough to earn him $5978.00 and bump his season long earnings to $19,774.54 in just three events. That puts him in 11th on their money list.
PGA Tour Canada Q-School Wraps Up
In Beaumont, California The PGA TOUR finished up their first qualifying school with the Tour under the umbrella of the PGA TOUR on Saturday. Joe Toledo of Guatemala led the way for the field by posting 15 under par to take medalist honours. It was a double up for Toledo as the he 26-year old also claimed medalist honours at PGA TOUR Latinoamérica’s Peru Q-School this year.
46 total players earned status at the Q-School, bringing the total 2013 membership to 212 players including 74 Canadians (34.9%), 118 Americans (55.7%) and players from 17 other countries.
CJGA Tees It Up In Curacao
The final round of the MCB Curacao Invitational Pro-Am was played Saturday at the Blue Bay Resort on the beautiful island of Curacao. Sixteen year old Patrick Murphy of Crossfield, Alberta finished runner-up in his first tournament on the island of Curacao. Cory Renfrew, a former CJGA member and current PGA TOUR Canada member finished third on the professional side after entering the final round tied for the lead.
Murphy had it going on the front nine, going out in 32 (-4), but a bogey on 10 and a double on 12 side-tracked his efforts to take the amateur title. “It was a great event and a lot of fun” said Murphy after his round. “I had it going on the front nine, but lost a few strokes on the back without hitting a bad shot with the wind which was a little frustrating.” Murphy shot a final round 72 (E) finishing the tournament at 227 (+13), six strokes back of amateur winner Rick Adriaans
Renfrew closed out his tournament with a final round 75 (+3) to finish two strokes back of winner Cameron Glen Booth of the United States in his final professional event
Eric Macrow of Kingston, Ontario closed out his tournament with a final round 81 (+9) in his first visit to the island to finish in 9th. Macrow hit the ball solid all week but was challenged getting the ball in the hole, something he attributes to his short game. “My short game was a little rusty this week and I my putter just didn’t get going as I would have hoped. That said, it was an incredible week, a great event, and to have the chance to play with Cory (Renfrew), it was a week that I will not soon forget.”
In the team competition, Team CJGA, consisting of the three CJGA juniors and Renfrew, finished the tournament in 10th spot.
Other Canadian professionals playing in the event:
4th – Mike Mezei (+4)
9th – Yohann Benson (+9)
18th – Billy Houle (+19)
23rd – Livingston Williams (+25)
Fritsch Back In Action
After a week break while those qualified played in The Masters Manotick, Ontario’s Brad Fritsch returns action this week on the PGA Tour in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Fritsch will tee it up at the RBC Heritage at the Harbour Town Golf Link, joining a slew of players fresh off appearances at The Masters. That includes Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Ernie Els, Luke Donald and final round contender Jason Day.
The field will also include Brad’s fellow Canadians Mike Weir, David Hearn and Graham DeLaet.
Fritsch is currently 90th in FedEx Point rankings and 104th on the money list with $289, 385 in earnings.