Canada’s Lee, Fritsch and Brown advance to final qualifying

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Beon Yeong Lee (Golf Canada)

Beon Yeong Lee, Brad Fritsch and Ted Brown have advanced to next month’s final qualifying stage after solid finishes at 2nd stage qualifying Friday.

Lee came into the final round just outside of the cut-line and played stellar golf, shooting a 4-under par 68 to finish T17.  The Montreal resident made seven birdies on the day including a clutch one on No. 18 that sealed his berth in December’s final.

Ottawa’s Fritsch, who had played steady golf all week with scores of 70-71-69, carded a 2-under 70 in Rd. 4 to finish T2 in his field. He finished at -8, one stroke behind the winning score.

Brown, a native of Peterborough, Ont., had two early bogeys on the day, but finished strong with three birdies in his final five holes.  He finished in a six-way tie for fourth place at 1-over par on the week (74-71-72-72–289).

Edmonton’s Wilson Bateman, Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., Devin Carrey of Burnaby, B.C., and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., all failed to advance by small margins.

Bateman carded his third consecutive 71 and finished in a tie for 20th place, one shot shy of qualifying.

Burke was only three strokes shy of advancing, completing his week at even par with a final round score of 71, while Gligic (69-75-69-72–285) and Carrey (74-72-79-74–299) finished just four shots off the pace in each of their respective fields.

Putting forth a good effort but also failing to advance this week was Christopher Ross of Dundas, Ont., Justin Shin of Maple Ridge, B.C., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Toronto’s Christian Westhorpe.

Ross carded an even par 72 and finished the week in a tie for 41st, while Westhorpe shot a 3-over 75 and finished 46th.

Shin and Pendrith both played tremendous golf in their final rounds, but couldn’t squeak into final qualifying. Shin shot a 3-under 69 in his final round to tie for 35th, while Pendrith carded a 4-under 68 and finished in a tie for 58th.

Toronto’s Albin Choi and Matt Hill of Brightgrove, Ont. withdrew after Rd. 3.