The top touring pros from Eastern Ontario were plying their trade on the Nationwide Tour this past week.
Former Manotick resident Brad Fritsch and Kingston’s Matt McQuillan both teed it up at the TPC Stonebrae Championship in Hayward California. It was a very tumultuous event with almost ten hours of weather delays and conditions that hampered low scoring.
McQuillan was only around for two rounds, a 74 and a 77 left him well back of the cut.
Fritsch worked himself into the final two rounds after opening with 71, 71 and showed glimpses that he might move up the board but he eventually fell to the lower part of the field with closing rounds of 72 and 74. His 288 total was good for a tie for 67th place. He picked up $1,560 for his efforts and still maintains a spot in “the 25” – the group that graduates to the PGA Tour at the end of the season. Fritsch sits in 23rd on the Money List, down from the 20th spot he held last week. (Fellow Canadian Adam Hadwin joins him in The 25 in the 20th spot)
The Nationwide Tour will now have a week off. McQuillan returns to the PGA Tour, where he has conditional status, at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. He is trying to make his first cut of the year on the PGA Tour in his just his 4th start.
On the collegiate scene, Augusta James of Bath, Ontario finished in a tie for 22nd place at the Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. James toured the Sedgefield Golf Club (home of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship) in rounds of 76, 79, and 74.
Kingston, Ontario Simon Reyers posted another top ten collegiate finish at his home tournament, the Detroit Titans Invitational. Reyers ended the 54-hole event in 8th place with rounds of 74, 71, and 71. That helped his Detroit Mercy Team to a 6th place finish. They now prepare for their Horizon League Conference Championship to be held near the end of April in Florida.
Ottawa’s Alison Timlin was playing the Fresno State Lexus Classic for her Fresno State Bulldogs. Timlin shot 77 in her final round and finished in a tie for 33rd place. It was her best round and overall finish of her sophomore season.