Round 1 – Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament (USA West)
(April 26, 2016 – Santee, Calif.) – Danville, California’s Cody Blick and Rancho Santa Fe, California’s Ryan Burgess shot a pair of 5-under 67s on Tuesday at Carlton Oaks Country Club to share the first round lead at Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada qualifying school.
Blick and Burgess are beginning their journeys as professional golfers this week, having completed collegiate careers at San Jose State and Southern Methodist University, respectively. The pair were one shot ahead of a group of five players at 4-under following the completion of round one.
Blick carded nine birdies in his early morning round to offset four bogeys, and said he knew he would need to take advantage of the good conditions before the wind picked up in the afternoon.
“The wind always picks up in the afternoon, so these morning rounds are crucial to take it low and see what you can do,” said Blick. “It seems like a ball strikers’ golf course, and so my swing coach and I just picked out our targets and stuck to it. We got it around the course pretty well today.”
Burgess, who recently completed his collegiate career at Southern Methodist University, posted the low round of the afternoon to match Blick for the head through 18 holes and credited a level-headed approach for his score.
“I kept the ball in front of me mostly and just stayed patient throughout the round. I left a couple out there but I know I gained a couple too, so that’s probably right around where I thought a good score would be,” said Burgess.
PROJECTED SCORES FOR MACKENZIE TOUR STATUS:
1st (Exempt for 2016 season): 67 (-5/T1)
16th (Exempt through 1st re-shuffle): 71 (-1/T13)
40th plus ties (Conditional status): 73 (+1/T32)
KEY NUMBERS TO KNOW
75.67: Tuesday’s scoring average at Carlton Oaks
2: Players without a bogey Dylan Anthony (68), Justin Bryant (71)
18: The number of players under par on Tuesday
“I putted really well and was reading the greens really well, and that just kept my round going. I made a few putts when I needed to to get off to a good start. I missed my card by one two years ago and a by a few last year, so getting off to a good start was really important.” – North York, Ontario’s Jae Yong Kim, who opened with a 4-under 68.
“I played golf at San Diego State, and this was one of our home courses. I do have some experience playing out here to have a good game plan just to keep it in play,” – Fallbrook, California’s Colin Featherstone, who play at San Diego State with 2015 Mackenzie Tour Player of the Year J.J. Spaun. “He said he had a good time up there, and he laid out the blueprint for how to get to the Web.com Tour, so I’m just trying to follow his route.”
“I try more to emulate his scores, because I’m definitely not going to play golf the way he does,” – Ryan Burgess on former SMU teammate Bryson DeChambeau, the reigning U.S. Amateur and NCAA Champion.
“He’s the guy I’m looking up to right now. He was right in front of me and just went through all this, so he’s definitely my guy.” – Cody Blick on fellow former San Jose State Spartan Mark Hubbard, who played the Mackenzie Tour from 2012-13 and went on to earn his PGA TOUR card through the Web.com Tour in 2014.
First Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian):
Cody Blick – 67 (-5)
Ryan Burgess – 67 (-5)
Jae Yong Kim – 68 (-4)
Spencer Fletcher – 68 (-4)
Dylan Anthony – 68 (-4)
Corey Hale – 68 (-4)
Colin Featherstone – 68 (-4)