Brad Revell of Kingston, Ontario, a member of the Canadian Tour in 2011, is close to securing his playing rights on that tour again for 2012. The NC State grad added a third round of 68 to his opening rounds of 73 and 65 and sits in a tie for 6th place at the Canadian Tour Fall Qualifying School. The tournament is being held at the Hidden Lake Golf Club in Burlington, Ontario.
Revell is attempting to guarantee his status on the tour as he is currently 102nd on the 2011 Order of Merit with one tournament left to play in November. He is also entered in the PGA Tour Qualifying School where the first round begins in October.
The only other players from Eastern Ontario in the Canadian Q-School are Julian James and Ryan Ellis and both near the back of the field.
A minimum of fourteen Canadian Tour cards will be available at the conclusion of the Fall Qualifying School. The top seven players after four rounds will earn exempt cards while the following seven players plus ties will receive non-exempt cards for the 2012 Canadian Tour season.
Thomas Hay of Langley, BC fired a 2-under-par 69 on day three of Canadian Tour Q-School and now shares the third round lead with Michael Gligic of Burlington, ON. The former Canadian Tour member Gligic matched the round of the tournament on day three posting a 6-under-par 65 to join Hay at 10-under-par for the tournament.
Gligic, a past Hidden Lake Club Champion, took advantage of his home course knowledge en route to posting seven birdies and one bogey. The 21-year-old is no stranger to going low having set the course record in the second round of the Seaforth Country Classic at 10-under-par 60.
“I got off to a good start with birdies and one and three,” said Gligic, who currently leads the Great Lakes Tour money list. “Those are tough holes so any time you can start that way it divinely helps the confidence,” added Gligic, who finished T3 in 2009 when the Canadian Tour Q-School was played at Hidden Lake.
21-year-old Thomas Hay posted his third consecutive round in the 60’s on the par 71 6,743-yard Burlington layout. The Drury College graudate who led after two rounds posted four birdies to go along with two bogeys.
“Today was a little less consistent then the previous two rounds but all in all I am happy with my position,” said Hay, who won twice while at Drury. “My short game really helped me out today so that was a big confidence booster,” added Hay, who made an excellent sand save the par 3 17th hole at Hidden Lake to keep his round under par.
Joining Gligic and Hay in the final group will be Ryan Corbin of Rockwood, ON. Corbin matched Gligic’s 65 today to move up the leaderboard and into a good position to get his exempt Canadian Tour card. Coincidently Corbin and Gligic happen to be good friends which should ease some of the nerves both players may have in pursuit of exempt playing privileges on the Canadian Tour for 2012.
David Byrne, the 2011 Big Break Indian Wells winner, posted his third consecutive round in the 60’s with a 3-under-par 68 which puts him at 8-under for the tournament. The Essex, ON native and University of Detroit Mercy graduate will be joined in the penultimate group by 2011 Canadian Tour member Nathan Leonhardt of Richmond, BC and Kyle Stough of Silver Springs, MD.
Final round Tee times will begin at 8:00 AM with players going off the first tee.
Second Round Leaderboard
Thomas Hay, Langley, BC 68-66-69 (-10)
Michael Gligic, Burlington, ON 70-68-65 (-10)
Ryan Corbin, Rockwood, ON 73-66-65 (-9)
Nathan Leonhardt, Richmond, BC 68-67-70 (-8)
David Byrne, Essex, ON 69-68-68 (-8)
Kyle Stough, Silver Spring, MD 73-67-66 (-7)
Brad Revell, Kingston, ON 73-65-68 (-7)
T-40 Julian James, Ottawa, ON 77-71-73-221
54 Ryan Ellis, Cumberland, ON 74-75-77-226
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