Brian Decker – PGA Tour Canada
April 11, 2013, Beaumont, CA – South Africa’s Andrew Georgiou made sure he’ll bring good vibes into the final round of PGA TOUR Canada Q-School, holing his final shot of the day Thursday – a 60-foot putt for birdie at the par-5 2nd on the Legends course that put him in contention with 36-hole leader Jose Toledo before play was called due to darkness.
“That’s going to make dinner taste a lot better tonight,” said Georgiou, who has good friend and former touring professional Christian Ries caddying for him this week. “We’re really having fun out there. I’m looking forward to having a good day tomorrow.”
The third round was suspended due to darkness just after 7:20 PM local time, with play to resume at 7:00 AM Friday morning. Scores will be available following the completion of the third round.
Moving day pays off big for Scodro, Metzger: Starting the day five over par for the tournament and well back of the number for exempt status, Chicago’s Max Scodro knew he needed to post a good score to move up the leaderboard. Starting with a simple approach – keep a clean card with no bogeys – the 23-year old built momentum from a difficult par save and posted nine birdies for a 63 that vaulted him to four-under par for the tournament.
“I had no business making par,” said Scodro of the trouble he had with the par-three fourth hole on the Legends course. “After I got up and down from the bunker to save par, I had a feeling it was my kind of day.” Scodro would proceed to birdie his next four holes on the way to the lowest round of the week on either course so far.
Having earned exempt status on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica this season, Scodro is on the verge of gaining status that would enable him to play year round on the two tours. However, with one more round still to go, the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish star isn’t getting too far ahead of himself.
“You need to play really well to advance here,” said Scodro. “I just wanted to get within striking distance for tomorrow, and now I’m just hoping to have the same kind of day again.”
Andre Metzger also made a big move on Thursday, shooting a 64 to reach three-under par, while Coppell, Texas’ Conrad Shindler posted a 66 to reach two-under.
Clapp posts applause-worthy round: Chilliwack, British Columbia’s Brad Clapp, the 2012 British Columbia PGA Player of the Year, posted a four-under 68 to climb within a solid final round of earning a PGA TOUR Canada card. The 26-year old is looking to join the touring professional ranks after having success at the club pro level for several years. Clapp sits three-over par through three rounds, three shots back of the projected number for non-exempt cards.
Final round: Players left to complete play from Thursday will resume the third round starting at 7:00 AM, then tee off in the afternoon on the opposite golf course. The fourth round will begin at 7:00 AM on the Champions course and 7:30 on the Legends course. In the event play is not able to be completed Friday, the final round will resume on Saturday morning.