After a strong T3 finish at last weeks Invesco QQQ Championship, Stephen Ames qualified for the season finale as one of the top 36 players on the Champions Tour. Ames started the tournament in 43rd in the Charles Schwab Cup standings and was boosted by a solid finish to sit in 34th.
The final Champions Tour tournament takes place at Phoenix Country Club with a purse of 2.5 million and double the points on the line. While Ames likely does not have a chance at the Charles Schwab Cup he can certainly contend in an event that features the second highest prize money of the year.
Ames is coming off a hot finish at the Invesco QQQ Championship where he sat in second heading into the final round before firing a final round 71. Scott Parel won the event after shooting a final round 68. This vaulted Parel into second place in the standings as he contends with Senior Tour legend Bernhard Langer, among others for the trophy.
Ames has had a solid season on the Champions Tour as this tied with his T3 at the Senior Open Championship for his best finish on the season.
Wes Heffernan shot a blistering 65 to advance at the local qualifier in Missoula. Montana, at Missoula Country Club.
US Open local qualifiers is in the books with a slough of Canadians advancing to sectional qualifying. Local qualifiers took place across the U.S.A from April 30- May 17, while sectional qualifiers start on May 21 in Japan with American sectional qualifiers taking place on June 3rd. This is where participants will compete for a spot to play at the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills.
Canadians advancing to Sectional US Open Qualifying include:
Raoul Menard- 69- Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes
Albin Choi- 68- Medalist–The Club at Admirals Cove (North/West Courses)
Brett Cairns- 69- Ravenwood Golf Club, Victor, New York
David Rose- Medalist Indian Ridge Golf Club, Palm Desert, California
Devin Carrey-69- Meridian Valley Golf Club, Kent, Washington
Luke Moser- 67- Medalist- Beechmont Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio
Derek Gillespie- 68- Beechmont Country Club, Cleveland, Ohio
Stuart Macdonald- 65- Medalist (including a back nine 29)- Jackson Country Club. Jackson, Tennessee
Max Gilbert- 70- Pinehills Golf Club, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Kent Eger- 69- Wigwam Golf Resort Golf Course, Litchfield Park, Arizona
Myles Creighton- 68- Medalist- The Wanderers Club, Wellington, Florida
Jason Hrynkiw- 69- The Wanderers Club, Wellington, Florida
Michael Gligic- 67- Medalist- Catawba Golf Club, Port Clinton, Ohio
Mark Hoffman- 71- Catawba Golf Club, Port Clinton, Ohio
Wes Heffernan- 65- Medalist- Missoula Country Club, Missoula, Montana
Garrett Rank- 69-Mission Inn Resort & Club (El Campeon Course), Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
The local Canadian qualifier at Weston Golf and Country Club yielded some familiar faces who are moving on to the sectional qualifiers. The qualifiers were Taylor Pendrith (69), Waterloo Warrior amateur Tyson Turchanski, Stephane Dubois (70) and teaching pro at The National Golf Club, Nick Kenney!
These Canadians will join those already exempt to play in the Sectional Qualifying (PGA Tour pros), in hopes of joining Canadian Adam Hadwin (Top 60 in Official World Golf Rankings) in the 2018 US Open field!
Canadian alternates for sectional qualifying:
Thomas Code and James Seymour- 72, Weston Golf and Country Club. Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Matt Lemay and Sean O’Hara-69/71, Ravenwood Country Club, Victor, New York.
Patrick Forbes- 71, Stockbirdge Golf Club, Massachusetts
Aaron Crawford- 68, Missoula, Montana, Missoula Country Club.
Keenan Flemming- 70, Riverton Country Club, Riverton, Wyoming
Aaron Cockerill-69, The Wilds Golf Club- Prior Lake, Minnesota
Taylor Pendrith finished first in the local qualifier at Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto.
The first week of US Open local qualifiers is in the books with a slough of Canadians advancing to sectional qualifiying. Local qualifiers will still take place across the U.S.A for another week before sectional qualifiers start on May 21, where participants will compete for a spot to play at the 118th US Open at Shinnecock Hills.
Canadians that have advanced from local US Open qualifiers thus far include:
Raoul Menard- 69- May 3- Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lakes
Albin Choi- 68- Medalist- May 4-The Club at Admirals Cove (North/West Courses)
Brett Cairns- 69- Ravenwood Golf Club in Victor NY
Matt Lemay and Sean O’Hara were pegged as alternates out of the Victor, New York local qualifier.
David Rose was the medalist at the beautiful Indian Ridge grove course in Palm Desert California.
Devin Carrey advanced after shooting a 69 at the Meridian Valley Golf Club in Kent, Washington.
The local Canadian qualifier at Weston Golf and Country Club yielded some familiar faces who are moving on to the sectional qualifiers. The four qualifiers were Taylor Pendrith (69), Waterloo Warrior amateur Tyson Turchanski, Stephane Dubois (70) and teaching pro at The National Nick Kenney. The alternates were Canadians Thomas Code and James Seymour.
The qualifier at Beechmont Country Club in Cleveland Ohio yielded two Canadian qualifiers as Luke Moser fired a four under, 67 to advance as the co medalist. PGA TOUR Latino America member Derek Gillespie also advanced with a three under, 68.
There is still another week of qualifiers for players from across the world to try and advance to sectional qualifying. Meanwhile there are also Canadian PGA Tour pros who are exempt through to sectionals. While the lone Canadian who is exempt into the US Open field is Adam Hadwin who is currently 44th in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), with the top 60 earning exemptions into the 118th US Open!
The fourth Mackenzie Tour- PGA Tour Canada qualifying school event wrapped up yesterday, April 28th with two more Canadians earning status for the 2018 season.
The medalist from the USA East 2 qualifier was Baltimore, Maryland native Brad Miller. Miller closed with a final round 67 to finish at -21 and hold off former Auburn Tiger Jake Mondy. Medalist honours earn Miller a full exemption throughout the entire 2018 season, without being subject to the reshuffle.
Meanwhile, Canadians did not fare quite as well at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, FL in comparison to the previous qualifying schools. The top Canadian finishers in the field were Quebec native Sonny Michaud and 23 year old, Bradford Curren of Halifax, Nova Scotia. They finished at -10 and tied for 22nd for the tournament to earn conditional status on PGA Tour Canada this season.
There were seven Canadians in the field at The Club at Eaglebrooke that finished outside tied for 40th and did not obtain any PGA Tour Canada status for the 2018 season. These Canadians were (in order of finish): PA Bédard, Sebastian Szirmak, Turner Southey- Gordon, while Christopher Wilson and Cory Racioppo withdrew after the first round.
These seven Canadians join: Brett Kennedy, Andrew Funk, Max Gilbert, Eric Banks, Austin James, Raoul Menard, David Rose, Jamie Sadlowski, James Seymour, Wil Bateman, Patrick Williams, Luke Moser, and Blair Hamilton who have previously earned Mackenzie Tour status at qualifying school this year.
There is still one more qualifying school tournament for the PGA Tour Canada to commence. The Canadian qualifier at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Club in Courtenay, British Columbia takes place next week from May 1-4 with a large amount of Canadians sure to compete.
After using Twitter to find a partner for this weeks duo event on the PGA Tour, David Hearn and Irishman partner Seamus Power have made the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. They sit tied for 21st with a score of -7 going into the third round.
One unique aspect of making the cut this week is that each pair gets to choose a walkup song to be played at the first tee when the pair is teeing off in each of the last two rounds.
Hearn and Power choose the Dropkick Murphy’s rock song Shipping up to Boston as their walk-up song for the final two rounds.
This song choice was both surprising and unsurprising, as Power is from Ireland and this is one of the most well-known songs, from the genre Irish rock. However, Hearn the Brantford native is known as a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Maple Leafs recently got eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins after being down 3-1 in the series. Although, the Leafs forced a seventh game in Boston on Wednesday in which they “shipped it back to Boston” but unfortunately Hearn’s Leafs lost 7-4. The Bruins now face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semi final starting today, April 28th.
Fellow Canadians, Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes paid tribute to the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash by using Tom Cochrane’s special version of the song Big League.
Strong week for David Hearn despite struggling on the back nine on Sunday. Tied for 16th finish will move him up to 155th in FedEx Cup standings and greatly improve his quest to regain his full playing privileges next season.
David Hearn-T16 (70,68,73,70)
Corey Conners- T26 (70,74,70,70)
Ben Silverman- T45 (71,73,73,70)
Nick Taylor- Missed Cut
Mackenzie Hughes- Missed Cut
LPGA Tour- Hugel JTBC LA Open
Brooke Henderson struggled on the greens and was feeling a little under the weather leading to a missed the cut. This came on the heels of winning last week at the Lotte Championship.
Anne- Catherine Tanguay- 70th- (76,67,74,78)
Alena Sharp- Missed Cut (74,73)
Brooke Henderson- Missed Cut (70,79)
Maude- Aimee Leblanc-Missed Cut (75,75)
European Tour- Trophee Hassan II Golf Trophy
Austin Connelly entered the day two shots off the lead but struggled today and shot a 4 over- 75 to put him T13. This is Connelly’s best finish in 2018 on the European Tour and moves him up to 141st in the Race to Dubai Rankings.
Austin Connelly- T13 (69,71,71,75)
Web.Com Tour- North Mississippi Classic
Rain forced the event to get canceled on Sunday afternoon. This was unfortunate for Roger Sloan who was -4 through 11 holes and charging up the leaderboard but had to revert back to his Tied for 33rd placing after 54 holes.
Drew Nesbitt started the day one off the lead but struggled with a triple bogey on the tenth hole and he could not regain momentum, leading to a final round 75. Weather shortened this event to just 54 holes.
Drew Nesbitt- T36 (69, 66,75)
Jared Du Toit- T47 (72,68,72)
Derek Gillespie- T47 (68,70,74)
Russell Budd- Missed Cut (69,73)
Ally Tidcombe- Missed Cut (74,69)
Sunshine Tour- Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open
The lone Canadian on the Sunshine Tour, Steven Lecuyer missed the cut. He will compete again next week at the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open.
Steven Lecuyer- Missed Cut (78,72)
China Tour- Colourful Yunnan Classic
Beon Yeong Lee held a share of the lead heading into the final round but shot a final round 76, to drop back into a tie for fifth place.
Beon Yeong Lee- T5 (69,67,73,76)
Justin Shin- T47 (70,79,78,72)
Asian Tour- Panasonic Open Golf Championship
Richard T. Lee and Austin Connelly will both be competing next week in the tri-sanctioned, Volvo China Open. This event is sanctioned by the European Tour, China Tour, and Asian Tour, and is a highly anticipated event being played at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, China!
Going into tomorrow Nesbitt believes he may have a slight advantage over those who have to finish their second round, but also believes he has to keep focused andplaying his game.” Tomorrow I have to do what I have been doing, golf is golf,” Nesbitt said.
Nesbitt furthered this when asked what part of his game will be the most important to close out the tournament tomorrow. “It comes down to controlling the emotions and making the putts at the right time,” he said.
Nesbitt has conditional status on the PGA Latinoamerica tour but hopes with strong performances he can gain better status in the reshuffle. He plans to continue to play on the Latinoamerica Tour until it goes on break in June.
After that, Nesbitt plans to try and Monday qualify for Mackenzie Tour events as he did not go to one of the qualifying events. Nesbitt then plans to continue to play on the Latinoamerica tour when it picks back up play in August.
Nesbitt’s tee time is not yet set for tomorrows third and final round, but will most likely be around noon after everyone else finishes up their second round.
It will be a damp start to the morning tomorrow, as it is supposed to rain throughout the night. However, it does looks clear for the tournament to finish up tomorrow.