Canadian Tour rookie Andrew Roque birdied his final seven holes to card a final-round 61 to tie the course record and capture his first Canadian Tour victory in his first start at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria.
“I knew where I stood, but I didn’t realize that I made seven birdies in a row,” said Roque, who told Times Colonist reporter Ron Rauch yesterday that if there was no wind he could shoot 60.
“It took a lot out of me today and I’m glad I was able to stay present and pull out the win,” said the 23-year old Roque.
Roque’s 61 tied a course record set by Canadian Tour member Roger Sloan in 2010.
The Monterey Park, Calif., native started his closing run with a chip-in birdie on 12 and followed with six more birdies to finish 14-under-par, three shots ahead of Lucas Lee of Brazil and Cory Renfrew of Victoria.
“I was really focused today and stuck to my plan of staying aggressive,” added Roque who earned $24,000 for the victory.
Renfrew tied Roque briefly with a birdie of his own on the 15th, delighting the hometown fans who turned out to cheer him on, but Roque added birdies at 16, 17 and 18 to run away from the field.
Renfrew, a University of British Columbia graduate, shot a final round 68 and was the only player in the field to break 70 in all four rounds. =
Lucas Lee posted his second five-under round of the tournament. The Brazilian now has four second place showings to his credit since joining the Canadian Tour in 2009.
Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., who is playing in 2012 on a medical exemption after suffering severe injuries in a car accident in April last year, served notice that he is ready to contend once again.
Gillespie finished in fourth spot alone after a final round four-under 66. To read about his progress since the accident last year, click here.
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