Here & There – Tuesday Tidbits

The calendar might say February but that’s not stopping lots of Canadian golfers from getting in some tournament play, including Dallas Clancy of Ottawa.

Clancy, the 2012 Ottawa Valley Golf Association City & District Junior Champion, participated in the American Junior Golf Association Preseason Junior at Vinoy in St. Petersburg, Florida over the weekend.  Despite a rusty winter golf swing he managed back-to-back rounds of 75.  That earned the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club member a share of 7th place in the elite field.

After his practice round on Saturday we exchanged messages with Clancy who said his was making some adjustments to his game.  He has grown and gotten stronger in the off-season, affecting his distance control.  Despite that he obviously made the right modifications to put up some respectable numbers.  He is looking to have a big season in 2013 with a very full tournament schedule.

Having recently stepped down after a four year reign as the Rules Chairman for Golf Canada, Ottawa’s Dean Ryan wasn’t sure what his schedule might continue to be in regards to officiating top-level golf tournaments but he’s got a great assignment this week.  Ryan is in Tucson where he will work the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships.  Keep an eye on your television this week, Ryan is noted for getting a bit of TV time in the past.  “It’s a lot of fun; I’m really looking forward to it,” he relayed to Flagstick prior to his departure to Arizona.

Manotick, Ontario’s Brad Fritsch is in the midst of a two week break from the PGA Tour after making four cuts in five weeks but he is still newsworthy.  The 35 year-old phoned in to the Tee t Up with Kevin Haime show on Team 1200 this past weekend from his home in North Carolina.  Fritsch might normally be practicing but it wasn’t the case Saturday as an unexpected snow storm had hit his part of the country.

The PGA Tour Rookie’s fast start to the season, where he has earned $208,900, will move him up two spots  in the rookie reshuffle. As a result Fritsch will get into almost every event that he chooses to play during the next segment of the PGA Tour season.

Fritsch is expected to be in the field next at The Honda Classic starting on February 28th followed by the Puerto Rico Open the following week.

This Thursday Brad will be in Ottawa to drop the puck at ScotiaBank Place for a match-up between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers.  Fritsch is sponsored by the team but the puck-drop ceremony is an unexpected bonus.  He’ll share the night with all of Ottawa and plenty of family, friends, and fellow Rideau View Golf Club members are slated to attend.

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