Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., continued a remarkable comeback recently, when he tied for 15th in the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying in North Carolina. The top 22 and ties at that venue advance to the second stage.
Gillespie suffered a broken right femur, five broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a vehicle rollover in the Phoenix area in April, but returned to play a couple of events at the end of the Canadian Tour season before Q-School. You can read more about that here.
Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont., tied for third in the same Q-School field as Gillespie. Ted Brown of Peterborough, Ont., also tied for third in McKinney, Tex.
Vancouver’s Richard T. Lee led the way in Dayton, Nev., with a 14-under score, while Calgary’s Ryan Yip was close behind, tying for second at 12-under.
A quartet of Canadians qualified for the second stage of Q-school in Kingwood, Tex., where Mike Mezei of Lethbridge, Alta., tied for 14th, followed by David Morland IV of Aurora, Ont., Andrew Parr of London, Ont., and Edmonton’s Steven Lecuyer in a tie for 17th.
Victoria’s Stuart Anderson tied for third in Auburn, Ala., to move on to second stage, where he will be joined by Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., and Brad Fritsch of Manotick, Ont., who finished one-two respectively at Pinehurst, N.C. Peter Laws of Mississauga, Ont., will also advance after a tie for fifth in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
In Lantana, Tex., Calgary’s Dustin Risdon tied for eighth and Bryn Parry of North Vancouver tied for 20th. The top 23 and ties advanced at that location.
James Allenby of Langley, B.C. tied for 13th in Hollister, Calif., where the top 22 and ties advance to the second stage, and in Valdosta, Calif., Will Mitchell of Whitby, Ont., tied for fourth and Calgary’s James Love tied for sixth to advance.
In Beaumont, Calif., Lindsay Wilson, an Australian living in Montreal, topped the field at 13-under after rounds of 68-64-74-69, while Mitch Evanecz of Red Deer, Alta., and Mitch Gillis of Williams Lake, B.C., tied for 21st to move on.