Brad Fritsch has found a pretty comfortable position in the golf spotlight this past year and he is keeping it on him this week at PGA Tour Qualifying School’s Final Stage. The 35 year-old , Manotick-raised golfer is on target with three rounds left to play in the tournament being held in La Quinta, California.
Already holding full membership for the 2013 PGA Tour due to his 18th place finish on the Web.com Tour in 2012, he is at Q-School this week in an attempt to finish 17th place or better and improve his priority ranking spot. That position is used to determine entry into PGA Tour events and by securing 17th place or better this week he will climb the list and help himself get into a few extra PGA Tournaments in 2013 – an opportunity to make more money and keep his spot on the highly competitive circuit.
With that goal in mind Fritsch’s week is playing out nicely. After an opening 72 on Wednesday, he backed it up with a -5, 67, but saved his biggest move so far for his round on Friday. A five under part start through the first five holes was the start he needed to shoot 66, despite an 8 on a par five soon after his early and incredible run.
Starting round four of 6 on Saturday Fritsch sits at -11 and tied for 17th place, only two back of the top 10.
Meen Wheen Kim leads the tournament at eighteen under par.
Fritsch’s fellow Canadians are glad there is three rounds left to play as they will need that time to get into contention to reach the top 25 and ties and earn a PGA Tour card for 2013. While many of them advanced in round two, the Friday was not the best of days in terms of positive moves up the board.
2012 PGA TOUR Canada money leader Matt Hill shot 73 and dropped from a tie for 39th to a share of 84th (-4). Adam Hadwin had a solid 68 that pushed him from 127th to a tie for 98th at -3 overall.
Richard Scott and Matt Evanecz share 132nd at even par while Ryan Yip of Alberta is 1 back of that for a piece of 137th.
A 75 on Friday puts Roger Sloan in the trailing position for the Canadians. His two over par total has him sharing 142nd place.
In Daytona Beach, Florida two Canadians are in positions to earn spots on the 2013 LPGA Tour with two rounds o play in their Final Stage of Qualifying.
Rebecca Lee-Bentham is tied for 3rd place while Stephanie Sherlock of Barrie, Ontario shares 5th.
The top 20 players earn fully exempt status while the next 20 earn non-exempt status.
Samantha Richdale (71) of Kelowna, B.C., Seem Sadekar (75) of Toronto, and Sue Kim (74) of Langley, B.C., are in a group tied for 61st, Izzy Beisiegel (76) of St. Hilaire, Que., is tied for 100th, Hamilton’s Ashley Sholer (76) is tied for 104th and Kirby Dreher (73) of Fort St. John, B.C., is tied for 111th.