Four Canadians earned their Canadian Tour cards at last week’s Spring Qualifying School at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, B.C.
Six players overall were awarded full exempt status, with another six securing non-exempt or conditional status.
Richard Lee, 19, earned medalist honours with a final round two-under 70 that gave him a one-stroke margin over runner-up John Cassidy of the United States. Born in Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Lee finished the four days at five-under for the tournament.
Calgary’s Scott McNeil finished two shots off the lead, while Clint Schiller of Lloydminster, Sask. also earned exempt status, finishing at two-under.
Tyler Pitt of Vernon, B.C. earned a non-exempt card.
“I missed a lot of putts today, but overall I played pretty solid,” said Lee after the final round. “I just went out there and played my own game. I wasn’t worried too much about where I finished. I just wanted to concentrate on what I had to do.”
After becoming the second-youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Open at 16, Lee had status on the Nationwide Tour in 2009, but was looking for a more permanent place to compete in 2010 rather than Monday qualifying.
“This is going to be great for my development,” said Lee. “When you try to Monday (qualify), you’ve got to play lights out that one day. Here, you are getting the four-round experience, so I’ll try to hit stride and get ready for PGA Tour Q-School.”
The Canadian swing of the tour season kicks off this week at the Times Colonist Open at Uplands Golf Club in Victoria.