Tour Wrap – Canadians In Action Worldwide

Brad Fritsch (File Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Brad Fritsch  (File Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)
Brad Fritsch (File Photo: Scott MacLeod, Flagstick)

Canada pro golfers were active all over the world this past weekend.

Many eyes were on Brooke Henderson. The 17 year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario was making her debut as a first start as a professional on the LPGA Tour at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

The only player left waving the Canadian flag after the 36 hole cut turned in a commendable performance after a shaky opening round of 75 (+2). The youngster fought back by adding a 69, 71, and a 72 for a -5 total of 287.  She shared 33rd place with 2007 Kraft Nabisco champion Morgan Pressel. The each earned $8,971.00.

Henderson’s week was marked by some strong statistics. She hit almost 85% of the greens in regulation, 82% of the fairways and averaged close to 254 yards a drive.  Only the 131 putts for the four rounds kept her from scoring much lower.

The teen pro from Smiths Falls will have little turnaround time as she is entered in the SunCoast Ladies Series event that will be played at LPGA International Golf Club (Jones course) in Daytona Beach, Florida starting Tuesday.  It will conclude on Thursday.

Henderson earned her first professional win on that tour on January 29th.

In Colombia three Canadians in the field made the final 36 holes of play.  That included long drive champ Jamie Sadlowski, Peterborough, ON native Ted Brown, and Manotick, ON-raised Brad Fritsch.  Fritsch and Brown shared 54th place with their -2 totals while Sadlowski was one back at -1 overall (t-59).

On the Champions Tour, Rod Spittle (originally of Niagara Falls, ON) held a two stroke lead early in the final round but was waylaid by a 10 he took on the 6th hole, a par 5.  Ultimately Spittle earned a share of 9th place.  Fellow Canadians Stephen Ames and Jim Rutledge finished tied for 32nd and 51st place, respectively.

Stirling, Ontario product Oliver Tubb is currently plying his trade on the Algarve Pro Golf Tour in Portugal.  The 2014 Canada Cup Champion earned a solo 7th place at the Morgado Classic on Sunday with scores of 72 and 71.  Now Vancouver-based, Tubb told Flagstick Sunday that he will play two more events and then head home to British Columbia.

Adam Hadwin led the way for the Canadians at Torrey Pines on the PGA Tour.  The British Columbia golfer fizzled a bit on Sunday with a 75 but his first three rounds of 72, 69, and 71 helped him to a share of 32nd place.  His fellow B.C. golfer Roger Sloan tied for 64th.

Toronto-born Richard T. Lee had a tie for 5th place on the Asian Tour (co-santioned with European Tour) at the Maybank Malaysian Open. It was his best finish on a European Tour sanctioned event since his tie for 18th at the same tournament in 2014.  The 399th ranked player in the world earned 87,344 Euros for his play.