A large contingent of touring pros based in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec were in action on Thursday on various tours.
– Gatineau’s Marc-Etienne Bussieres was teeing it up on the NGA Hooters Tour in Pass Christian, Mississippi at The Oaks. The young pro is following a couple of decent top-35 finishes on tour but struggled a bit on Thursday. He shot 73 which put him is a share of 82nd spot and 11 strokes back of the leader who shot 61. The tournament concludes on Sunday
– If you had given Kingston’s Matt McQuillan a 69 at the start of day one at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship he might have accepted it. It was the score he turned in but his day had a sour ending. McQuillan had reached four under par for the day but en errant drive on the 17th hole cost him a double bogey. He also made a bogey on the 18th hole, a 507-yard par four.
McQuillan needs a strong finish in order to make the FedEx Cup Playoffs that start next week in New Jersey. He tees off on Friday at 8:40 a.m.
– The largest contingent of regional pros was in action on the Canadian Tour at the Seaforth Country Classic. Manotick’s Brad Fristch leads the way for the group after he posted an opening round of 64. That put him in a share of 3rd place after round one of four.
Kingston’s Brad Revell and Ryan Kennedy (in his tour debut) each shot 68 at Seaforth, as did Oliver Tubb of Stirling, Ontario, earning them a share of 36th place.
Ottawa’s Andrew Jensen posted a 70 on the day while Ottawa-born Scott Hawley had a rough day with a 72 as his final tally.