Fritsch open to Wie view

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

Brad Fritsch is going to get a first-hand look at the Michelle Wie circus.

Fritsch advanced to the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open yesterday as he was co-medalist at the Stonebridge G. C. in Monroe, N.C., with a 5-under par 67 at a local qualifier.

The Manotick pro will now move on and join Wie, the teenage sensation, and other regional qualifiers in the final stage of qualifying June 5 at Summit, N.J.

Wie became the first woman, according to the USGA, to advance from local qualifying when she had a 72 in Hawaii Monday.

About one in 13 sectional qualifiers make it to the U.S. Open.

"I'd like to see first hand how she hits it," said Fritsch. "We played with her (at a Canadian Tour event) in Michigan, but she was just 13 then. She's a lot better now, but I still don't think she has a chance (to qualify for the Open)."

EYE ON WINGED FOOT

This year's U.S. Open is June 15-18 at Winged Foot in Mamaronek, N.Y., just north of New York City.

Fritsch had six birdies and just one bogey yesterday, winding up in a tie with Matthew Cannon of Huntersville, N.C. The top four players at Stonebridge wound up advancing.

"I didn't feel like I hit it the best ever, but I only missed one fairway," said the 28-year-old regular on the Canadian Tour, currently in 58th place on the Order of Merit. "I felt like the way I'd been playing, I really optimized my score. Lately I've been walking off the course and disappointed with my score. I'd be saying to myself, 'that 69 should have been a 66 or a 72 a 70', but (yesterday) I felt it was as good as it should have been.

"I didn't feel like I left a lot out there."


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