Soft Start for Canadians at PGA Tour Q School Finals

It was not the best of starts for the seven man Canadian contingent of the PGA Tour qualifying final stage.

With Steve Lebrun leading the 172 player field at PGA West in La Quinta California at eight under par, the Canadians will have to make the most of the next 90 holes in order to secure status on the 2013 PGA Tour.

Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch, who already has his tour card for next year but is looking to improve his priority ranking, opened with even par, 72.

Scoring conditions in the California desert were perfect on Wednesday and 110 players posted sub-par scores.

Unfortunately, that grouping included just one Canadian, Roger Sloan of British Columbia, who shot one under par and is in a large pack that shares 82nd spot.

Ryan Yip of Calgary joined Fritsch at even par.

Three-time Canadian amateur champion Richard Scott came in at one over while Mitch Evanecz, Adam Hadwin, and Matt Hill are in a tie for 150th at two over par.

Play will conclude on Monday but the top 25 players earning a PGA Tour card for 2013.  The next nearest number to 50 will earn fully exempt tour cards.  The remainder of the field will receive conditional status on the tour

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