A happy bunch of pros earned status on the Canadian Tour at the conclusion of their qualifying school on Friday, among them was Stirling, Ontario’s Oliver Tubb.
Tubb was one of 14 Canadians who played their way to a spot on the tour during the California hosted qualifier. A third round 69 had pushed him into the top 30, the level necessary to earn full status, but a disappointing 80 in the fourth and final round dropped him into non-exempt card territory by the end of the day.
In a quick conversation afterward with Flagstick, Tubb indicated that he would work to get his game fully sorted out and that he looked forward to playing in the Great Waterway Classic this Fall. It is being hosted in September in Lansdowne, Ontario, just 1.5 hours away from his hometown north of Belleville. “As close to hometown golf as I’ll get,” said Tubb who sharpened his game as kid playing the St. Lawrence Junior Tour.
Tubb first became a member of the Canadian Tour in 2008 but held only limited status in 2011, allowing access to only three tournaments. He is a former winner on the Great Lakes Tour and also played the European based Hi-5 Tour for one season.
Tubb, a trained Landscape Architect who now resides in Vancouver, can improve his status on the Canadian Tour with a strong start in the early part of the schedule.
A total of 67 players earned status on the Canadian Tour after the final round of the Canadian Tour’s 2012 Q-School played at Oak Valley Golf Club and The Country Club at Soboba Springs. 30 players received exempt status after a four-man playoff decided the final three exempt cards. 37 other players received non-exempt status which will likely see them gain entrance into a number of Canadian Tour events for the 2012 season.
Earning medalist honours was Andrew Roque of Monterey Park, CA. Roque shot a final round 5-under 67 highlighted by an eagle on the final hole to clinch the victory after a self proclaimed stress free final round.
“I was pretty tired today believe it or not and I think that coupled with the heat calmed my nerves,” joked the 2011 SCIAC Player of the Year. Roque, who has never been to Canada before, is looking forward to playing north of the border and hopes to one day join the long list of Canadian Tour graduates who have gone on to the PGA TOUR.
The Canadian Tour begins its season at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open the week of June 4th, 2012.
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