Fritsch aims to putt himself into PGA picture

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:33 PM ET

TAMPA -- The dream is within reach for Brad Fritsch.

The Manotick golfer made a small move at the PGA Tour's qualifying school yesterday at the Crooked Cat Golf Course, jumping four spots into a tie for 52nd place with a 2-under 70.

The top 25 players and ties will earn their PGA tour cards for next year.

Fritsch is at 9-under 351 for the tourney. As of yesterday, 12-under 348 was good enough to be in position for a spot on the Tour, leaving Fritsch three shots off the pace heading into today's final round.

"It's very doable ... It's not out of the realm of possibilities for me," said Fritsch.

"I'm probably going to have to go minus-4 or minus-5 (today), but it's not like it's something I haven't done before. I feel good because there are four par-5s out there and if I can make birdie on those I've got a good chance."

The Nationwide Tour player said he'll likely need to sink a few long putts to give himself a better chance at shooting a low number today.

"It was okay (yesterday). I was a little sketchy on the front but I managed to get it back to even-par on the front," said Fritsch, who had three birdies and three bogeys in the first nine holes. "The big thing for me this week is I haven't really made any putts over 15 feet and that's where I've got to cash in."

Kemptville's Lee Curry, who had a difficult start in the first three rounds and was 160th going into the weekend, also continued to rise.

He was at 121st after shooting a 2-under 70 in yesterday's round and moved up eight spots from Saturday.

After the top 25 is finalized, the next 50 players will earn exempt status on the Nationwide Tour. Where Curry finishes will determine how he gets seeded for Nationwide events.

Frank Lickliter II led the way after yesterday's round, shooting a 4-under 68 to take a five-stroke lead.

GUELPH GOLFER IN 42ND

Bryan DeCorso of Guelph fell 27 places into a tie for 42nd after a round of 1-over 73 at the Panther Lake course. He was at 10 under overall going into the final round.

Ian Leggatt of Cambridge had a solid round of 8-under 64 at Panther Lake but was well back in a tie for 133rd.

The 38-year-old Lickliter, a two-time winner on the tour, had a 28-under 264 total. Brett Rumford (68) was second, Chris Stroud (64) was third at 22-under, and Jason Allred (72) followed at 21-under. Tommy Gainey (69), Travis Perkins (69) and Tag Ridings (67) were 20-under.


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