The 2011 PGA Tour Qualifying School is back in session for Manotick, Ontario-raised Brad Fritsch. The second stage of the tournament begins Tuesday in McKinney, Texas for the 34 year-old who now calls Holly Springs, North Carolina home.
Fritsch is already on-site and practicing at the TPC Craig Ranch, where he will join seven other Canadians who, like him, are looking to advance to the Final Stage of the Q-School. That accomplishment alone will at minimum bring them non-exempt status on the Nationwide Tour, and potentially a full-time spot on the Nationwide or PGA Tour for 2012. The final stage of Qualifying School will take place at PGA West Golf Club in California starting on November 30th. Kingston’s Matt McQuillan is already exempt to that stage after finishing 137th on the PGA Tour Money List for 2011. For that position McQuillan has already secured conditional status for the 2012 PGA Tour but will hope to improve that at the Final Stage of Q-School.
Brad is coming off a solid showing at the final Canadian Tour event of the year, a tie for 9th place at the Desert Dunes Classic. He finished the 2011 Canadian Tour campaign in 12th place on the tour’s Order of Merit.
Brad spent three seasons playing the Nationwide Tour, from 2007-2009, but has yet to advance from either that tour or Q-School to the ultimate goal, the PGA Tour.
He will renew his quest to get there on Wednesday in Texas when he starts his first of four rounds at 9:55 local time off the 10th tee. Fritsch is paired with Oscar Serna and Scott Feaster. Round two will again have him paired with that duo but their tee time that day will be 8:55 a.m. local time off the 1st tee.
For scoring updates on Brad’s second stage tournament please visit this web page.