'Disappointing' final round forces Fritsch into qualifying

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Brad Fritsch is back at work today. With a little better job yesterday, he could have been off.

The 31-year-old Manotick native made a cut for the first time this season on the Nationwide Tour, but a 2-over 73 -- his only round in the 70s at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. -- cost him a chance of a top-25 finish and automatic spot in this week's Nationwide event.

He wound up with rounds of 68-68-67-73 for a total of 8-under 276, a tie for 30th (two shots out of the top 25) and a cheque for $3,150 US.

Today, Fritsch will try to qualify for the Melwood Prince George's County Open in Mitchellville, Md.

If he doesn't get in, he'll play in the Canadian Tour's Times Colonist Open in Victoria.

Bumped by PGA guys

But he did make good use of the sponsor's exemption for the Rex.

Fritsch, now calling the Raleigh area home, has conditional Nationwide status and has been having difficulty getting into tournaments as PGA Tour players, unable to get into events on the big circuit, drop down and bump Nationwide guys.

"I'm pretty disappointed with that round (yesterday)," Fritsch said. "But it's a cheque and the first goal was to make some money because I wasn't on the list (of eligible players). The second goal was getting into the top 25 and it was right there. I just hit a couple of shots that got away and had a couple of three-putts."

Yesterday's result will help. The list of eligible players will be reshuffled in three weeks and Fritsch should move up.

Fritsch missed the cut in his two previous Nationwide events this season and withdrew from another when wife Megan went into labour and daughter Hannah was born about five weeks ago.


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