Two golfers with Eastern Ontario ties had respectable first rounds at the Nationwide Tour Chitimacha Louisiana Championship on Thursday.
Matt McQuillan of Kingston was the top Canadian after round one. The 30 year-old who now resides in Tampa, Florida shot 4 under par 67. He had reached five under par on the day but bogeyed his last hole to untimately share a tie for 15th place all the field had posted. McQuillan has conditional status on the PGA Tour this year and in three tournaments on that tour so far in 2012 he is yet to make a cut. He also played this event in Louisiana last year, making the cut and finishing in a tie for 62nd place.
Sitting three strokes back of that mark is Brad Fritsch. The Manotick native and now North Carolina resident fought back from being two over par early in his round to eventually turn in a 1 under par round of 70.
Fritsch played the Nationwide Tour in 2007-2009 and is making his return to the tour after earning his card at the 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School in December. Heading into Louisiana, the first domestic event on the tour schedule, he sat in 27th place on the money list.
Will MacKenzie and Brendan Pappas lead the tournament. Each shot 63 (-8) in round one.
Other Canadians competing include Adam Hadwin (-2), Richard Scott (-2) Ryan Yip (-1), and Stuart Anderson (+3).
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