Evanecz finished Q-school tied for 139th
LA QUINTA, Calif. — It wasn’t the finish Red Deer golfer Mitch Evanecz was hoping for as the six-round final stage of the PGA Q-school concluded Monday.
Evanecz, hoping to finish among the top 25 and ties and earn his PGA card for 2013 or among the next 50 and ties and get full playing privileges on the Web.com Tour, shot a 1-under 71 and wrapped up the marathon event with a even-par total of 432.
Evanecz fashioned earlier rounds of 74-69-73-70-75 and finished tied for 139th in the 172-player field. He will have part-time playing status on the Web.com Tour in 2013.
Meanwhile, two years after playing for Europe on a winning Ryder Cup team, Ross Fisher of England endured six stressful days to earn a PGA card.
In the final Q-school where players could go straight to the PGA Tour, Fisher easily finished among the top 25 Monday to get his card.
D.H. Lee of South Korea birdied his last three holes for a 67 to win Q-school, giving him the highest priority ranking for next year and a $50,000 check.
Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch was the lone Canadian to finish among the top-25. He had already earned his card by virtue of his position on the Web.com Tour’s money list, but improved his standing with a seventh-place finish at Q-school.
Fritsch flirted with the lead on Monday and closed with a 4-under 68.
That was the same score posted by Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., who fell two shots shy of a PGA Tour card. He tied for 32nd and will play in golf’s minor leagues again next year.
Roger Sloan (68) of Merritt, B.C., tied for 73rd, and Calgary’s Ryan Yip (72) and Matt Hill (74) of Bright’s Grove, Ont, finished in a tie for 118th.
— With files from The Canadian Press.