Locals eaten up on home course

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

The Rideau View Country Club was not kind to native sons Brad Fritsch and Lee Curry yesterday.

But North Carolina native David Mathis is feeling right at home at the Manotick layout after a 6-under 66 earned him his second Rideau View Pro-Am title yesterday.

"I love coming back," said the 33-year-old Nationwide Tour player, who pocketed $7,500 of the record $20,000 purse. "It's a nice treat."

It's been a couple of pretty lucrative days for Mathis, who finished two shots ahead of Craig Matthew yesterday. He won $20,100 US for his seventh-place finish -- his best result this year -- at the Nationwide Tour's Xerox Classic on Sunday.

The Rideau View Pro-Am brings together 18 pros selected by Fritsch and Curry from among their peers on the Nationwide and Canadian tours, respectively.

Fritsch and Curry cut their teeth at Rideau View before moving on to the pro ranks, but local knowledge didn't help them much yesterday as they both had 1-over 73s.

It was another day of frustration for Fritsch, who has been struggling in his rookie year on the Nationwide Tour.

"I couldn't break par on my own course. That's pretty bad," said Fritsch, who has missed his last five cuts on the Nationwide Tour and has seen his confidence take a hit.

He's sitting at 156th on the money list with $18,190 and will need some strong play down the stretch to have a hope of keeping his Nationwide card.

"My course management has been bad," said Fritsch. "I've been going for the wrong pins. I look at a pin and think, 'I can birdie this hole because I am who I am.' I look at it afterwards and nobody in their right mind would go for that pin."

Curry has made the cut in 10-of-13 events on the Canadian Tour this year and is coming off his best finish, a T17 at the Desjardins Montreal Open last weekend.

He's in 46th place on the CanTour's Order of Merit with $11,088. He finished strongly last year with four-straight top 10s and was expecting more this year.

"It's been an up-and-down year. I haven't been consistent," said the 28-year-old, who's in his fourth year on the Canadian Tour. "I was pretty confident coming off last year, so it's been a little disappointing the way this year has gone. It's not a lot of fun playing for 30th place every week. You want to be in the hunt."


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