Fritsch pleased with his game Down Under

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:05 PM ET

Brad Fritsch was the top Canadian Down Under at the Nationwide Tour's stop in Australia.

And he can thank another Canadian.

After a putting tip from Chris Baryla of Vernon, B.C., the 29-year-old pro from Manotick made 21 birdies for the week and wound up in a tie for 14th place at the Jacob's Creek Open Championship. That was good for $9,480 US and takes Fritsch over $11,000 for his two starts so far on the Nationwide Tour, the circuit one level below the PGA Tour.

He earned a total of $20,834 all of last year on the Canadian Tour.

Fritsch had rounds of 69-70-72-71 for a total of 6-under-par 282 at the par-72 Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.

'SOMETHING TO BUILD ON'

Scott Sterling won the tournament with a four-round total of 276.

"Overall, I'm pleased with the week. Nice to feel like I was close (got it to -8 after five holes, only three shots out of the lead) so soon in the season," said Fritsch in an e-mail. "Definitely a good start and something to build on for next week in New Zealand."

The Nationwide Tour moves to Christchurch this week for the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship.

Fritsch said he was really pleased with his ball striking and was foiled by the wind.

"I hit it great (in the final round), but the wind was funky and it tricked me a few times. Hit it over three greens (with good shots) and it cost me four shots," he said.


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