Round 4 – Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament (USA East #2)
PARTIAL Fourth Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian):
1 Matt NeSmith (a) -12/-
T2 Chris Hemmerich -10/-
T2 Alexander Medinis -10/-
T4 Will Starke (a) -8/-
T4 Blake Redmond -8/-
NESMITH LEADS HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND OF SUSPENDED Q-SCHOOL
(April 1, 2016 – Port St. Lucie, Fla.) – North Augusta, South Carolina’s Matt NeSmith shot a 2-under 70 on Friday at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course to take a two shot lead into the final round of Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Q-School.
With weather delays from earlier in the week pushing back play, round four began Friday afternoon and was suspended due to darkness at 7:33 p.m. Play will resume Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.
NeSmith, who has held or co-held the lead after each of the first three rounds, was bogey-free for his third round.
“I just kind of played solid. I didn’t play quite as well today as I did the first two days, but I made some big putts, a lot of 5-footers for par,” said NeSmith. “Even though the scores are really good, I didn’t play bad by any stretch of the imagination. I didn’t quite get out in front like I wanted to, and there’s still a long way to go, but I’m happy.”
Two shots behind NeSmith were Kitchener, Ontario’s Chris Hemmerich and Fort Myers, Florida’s Alex Medinis. Hemmerich, who finished 80th on last year’s Order of Merit, carded his third straight round under par and credited a strong performance tee-to-green for his round.
“It was pretty much the same story as the first two rounds. I hit a lot of greens, and I might have only missed one or two again today. Once I get that putter rolling, I know there’s a low one in me,” said Hemmerich.
PROJECTED SCORES FOR MACKENZIE TOUR STATUS:
1st (Exempt for 2016 season): -12/1st
16th (Exempt through 1st re-shuffle): -4/T16
40th plus ties (Conditional status): +1/T39
KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW
6: Canadians in the top-40 and in position to earn status: (Chris Hemmerich -10/T2, Elliott Whitley -1/T27, Patrick Williams -1/T27, Zack Kempa +1/T39, J.P. Cornellier +1/T39, Branson Ferrier +1/T39)
32: Players under par through three rounds.
73.186: The 18-hole scoring average through round three.
“It’s great. He’s worked really hard, so it’s nice for us both to come down here and play well. We both just want to get status and have somewhere to play, so this is great. Hopefully we can keep it going.” – Matt NeSmith on fellow University of South Carolina senior Will Starke, who shot 6-under 66 in round three to move into a tie for fourth.
“I draw every club in my bag except my driver. I’ve never been physically strong enough to get onto my left side and be able to hit a draw, and going through those changes is part of why I struggled last year. Now, my driver is a draw ball flight and I’m a lot more comfortable off the tee.” – Chris Hemmerich on improving his game heading into his second full season as a pro.
“I’ve had some success up there and I’d like to go back. I played it the year before when it was in Winnipeg, and I loved my experience. You get the Canadian Open exemption, so it made sense for me to play and I’m looking forward to being back up there.” – 2015 Canadian Men’s Amateur Champion Billy Kennerly, who shot a 5-under 67 to move up 34 spots to T16.