Fritsch upbeat Down Under

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

It didn't take Brad Fritsch long to notice the difference between playing on the Nationwide Tour and the Canadian Tour.

"Making the cut now means instead of making $300 Canadian, you make $1,500 US," said Fritsch, the Manotick pro who is in Australia for the two-tournament "Down Under" leg of the Nationwide Tour.

"That's definitely a step up."

Fritsch was to tee off in the first round last night (Thursday morning in Adelaide, Australia) of the Jacob's Creek Open Championship at the tough Kooyonga Golf Club.

The Tour shifts to Christchurch, New Zealand next week for the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship.

Fritsch made $1,567.50 in his Nationwide Tour debut last month in Panama with rounds of 74-69-79-76, finishing last among the players who made the cut.

"I wasn't really playing that good going into the tournament," said Fritsch, whose practice time in Raleigh, N.C., -- now his home base -- was curtailed in the runup to his Nationwide debut by cold weather.

"I didn't get as much work done as I would have liked. I was inconsistent, but I'm glad my good round was on Friday or I wouldn't have made the cut. Even that round, I made four bogeys on a hard course.

"I can do a whole lot of things better."

Fritsch said he feels comfortable on the Nationwide Tour -- a step below the PGA Tour -- because he earned fully exempt status at Tour School in December.

That makes him one of the regulars.

The knowledge he has a full slate of 30-plus events -- compared to less than a dozen on the Canadian Tour -- also takes some of the worry out of wondering where he is going to play next.

He's been hanging out with fellow Canadians Jon Mills and David Hearn.


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