Photo Credit: PGA Tour Canada Twitter Account
The third Mackenzie Tour- PGA Tour Canada qualifying school event wrapped up yesterday, April 6th with seven more Canadians earning status for the 2018 season.
Michael McGowan of North Carolina was able to take home the all-important medalist honors at the USA West #2 qualifier. After firing an even-par final round, he was able to win on the first playoff hole with a par to defeat Evan Bowser of Michigan. McGowan is now fully exempt for the 2018 season and will not be subject to the reshuffle.
Meanwhile, Canadians fared quite well at the Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, AZ. The top Canadian finisher in the field was Vancouver British Columbia’s David Rose who finished at -6 for the tournament to earn an exemption through the first eight Mackenzie Tour events (subject to the second reshuffle).
The famed long driver Jamie Sadlowski also earned status on the Mackenzie Tour next year after firing a final round 67 to finish tied for ninth. This earned Sadlowski an exemption through the first four events, and subject to the first PGA Tour Canada reshuffle.
Conditional status for the 2018 season was earned by Canadians; James Seymour, Patrick Williams, Will Bateman, Luke Moser and Blair Hamilton.
Moser graduated from Troy University last spring and turned professional after earning 2016 All-Sun Belt First Team and 2015 All-Sun Belt Honourable Mention honors. Moser tweeted his disappointment with his final round performance, but noted his eagerness and excitement for his first full summer ahead as a professional golfer:
There were seven Canadians in the field at Wigwam Golf Club that did not obtain any PGA Tour Canada status for the 2018 season.
These seven Canadians join: Brett Kennedy, Andrew Funk, Max Gilbert, Eric Banks, Austin James, and Raoul Menard who have previously earned Mackenzie Tour status at qualifying school.
There are still two more qualifying school tournaments for the PGA Tour Canada to commence with the USA EAST 2 qualifier to commence from April 24-27 at The Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, Florida.
– Jake Stronach