14 Canuck golfers earn status on Canadian Tour
A total of 67 golfers, including 14 Canadians, earned status on the Canadian Tour on Friday after the final round of the tour's 2012 Q-School.
Victoria's Cory Renfrew was the top Canadian in Beaumont, Calif., shooting a final round 4-under 68 and finishing alone in third spot. The UBC graduate, who turned professional last September, is looking forward to starting the season on his home course at Times Colonist Island Savings Open.
"This was a good week for me and I'm now focused on getting prepared to play at Uplands," Renfrew said. "I've always had my sights on joining the Canadian Tour but the bigger picture is to get the PGA Tour and this is definitely a step in the right direction."
Edmonton's Steven Lecuyer, Toronto's Adrian Cord and 2011 Canadian Tour member Scott Loewen of Winnipeg also earned exempt status on the tour by finishing in the top-30.
Peter Campbell of Baddeck, N.S., who started the day in a tie for 10th, slipped on his final round and found himself in the four-man playoff for the final exempt card. After double-bogey on the first playoff hole, Campbell moved into the first non-exempt position which will likely see him get into most Canadian Tour events.
Edmonton's Wilson Bateman, Winnipeg's Tyler Mancini, Brett Cairns of Courtland, Ont., Vancouver's Oliver Tubb, Mark Hoffman of Thornhill, Ont., Victoria's Mitch Evanecz, Billy Houle of Joliette, Que., Victoria's Parker Lilly and Dan Bowling of Mooretown, Ont., rounded out the Canadian's who clinched non-exempt cards.
American Andrew Roque earned medallist honours, shooting a final round of 5-under 67 to clinch the victory.
"I was pretty tired today believe it or not and I think that coupled with the heat calmed my nerves," said Roque, who had an eagle on his final hole.
Roque, who has never been to Canada, is looking forward to playing north of the border and hopes to one day join the list of Canadian Tour graduates who have gone on to the PGA Tour.
"I want to do well out there and today was the first step in that process," said Roque who made two eagles and one birdie in the final round. "The history of the Canadian Tour and the names of the guys that have played it is something that has me extremely motivated to play."
Angel Cabrera Jr., the son of two-time PGA Major championship winner Angel Cabrera, also earned status on the Canadian Tour.
The Canadian Tour begins its season at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open the week of June 4.