Eric Hawerchuk of Barrie, Ont., shot a bogey-free, eight-under 64 on Tuesday at Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community to take the first round lead at the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada qualifying tournament.
Hawerchuk, whose father is Hockey Hall of Fame member Dale Hawerchuk, leads by one over Aaron Wise of Lake Elsinore, Calif.
“I played smart and had a couple big up-and-downs, par saves that kept me going to be honest. A lot of the putts fell in and it was a great day,” said Hawerchuk.
After missing his card at Q-school in 2014, Hawerchuk said he took a hard look in the mirror and began making changes to his game.
“I came two years ago and I realized I wasn’t ready to play at this level. You see how good everyone is and I took last year to just kind of work on some things that I learned and it seems to be paying off so far. Hopefully I can just keep that going,” said Hawerchuk.
“This is a huge bonus. I was just trying to get in there, shoot a few under and be right in the mix, so to jump out to a nice start like today – I’m not going to really change anything, but it does help my mindset going forward,” he added.
Q-school concludes Friday, with the winner receiving fully exempt status, while second through 16th (no ties) will be exempt through the first four events of the schedule and subject to the first reshuffle. The 17th through 40th-place finishers (including ties) will receive conditional status.
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