Fritsch works overtime to score first pro win

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Brad Fritsch is a winner.

The touring pro from Manotick picked up his first professional victory Wednesday as he won a four-man playoff in a Great Lake Tours Platinum Series event at Mandarin Golf and Country Club.

Fritsch had to work some real overtime for the victory as the playoff went four extra holes. He birdied the par-5 18th hole four times in a row -- once in regulation and three times in the playoff -- for the win.

"It's a relief to finally win one, to finally win any tournament is good," said the 27-year-old Fritsch, who has come close to winning on the Canadian Tour, tying for second last year in the Tour Championship and having a bunch of top 10s over the last couple of years.

Fritsch, who picked up $7,000 for the victory, beat out some pretty good competition. Zoltan Veress of Kitchener, Rob McMillan of Winnipeg and Brian McCann of Mississauga were tied with Fritsch at 6-under after 36 holes.

After an opening-round 70, Fritsch had four bogeys, seven birdies and an eagle for a 66 to earn his place in the playoff.

Ottawa's Lee Curry also picked up his first win as a pro on the Great Lakes Tour earlier this summer, making it a pretty good year for the city's up-and-comers.

Fritsch is off to the Azores today to play in a tournament. He'll return home early next week and begin preparations for the first stage of the PGA Tour qualifying school. This will be the fifth time at Q-school for Fritsch, who has advanced to the second stage twice.

It's been a good couple of weeks for Fritsch. He and partner David Mathis won a GLT better-ball event last week.


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