Three Canadian flags occupy the top 10 of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada Q-school leaderboard after completion Friday in Santee, Calif.
Former national team member Austin Connelly, a dual Canadian-American citizen, tied for seventh after he finished with a two-under 70 on Friday.
Connelly also finished two under for the tournament, while Toronto’s Andrew Ledger and Jae Yong Kim of North York, Ont., tied for 10th at two over. They will be exempt through the first four events of the schedule and subject to the first reshuffle.
“I can’t wait, said Connelly.
“I’m really excited to play up in Canada. There are few places I’d rather be than up there for the summertime and I’m going to get some more experience under my belt,” he added.
“I’m only 19, so I’m just taking everything as it comes and just trying to learn as much as I can every week. It’s been up in the air this year, not knowing exactly when and where I’m going to be playing, so it’s nice knowing I can go ahead and plan my schedule,” he said.
Ledger echoed those thoughts.
“To come out here under this pressure and play the way I did, I’m pretty proud of that. I’ve played two events before, but chasing those Monday qualifiers can be tough, so it’s great to settle down, have a game plan and try to do it,” he said.
John Chin of Temecula, Calif., shot a final round 70 to finish on top of the leaderboard and earn fully exempt status for the season.
Chin finished at 14 under.
With the top 16 exempt through the first reshuffle. the 17th through 40th-place finishers (including ties) will receive conditional status.
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With the second round suspended due to darkness at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Adam Hadwin got his full round in, a three-under 69 that had him tied for 46th when play ended.
Hadwin was at three under through two rounds and he was joined by David Hearn, who was even par through seven holes of the second round when play ended.
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At the United Leasing and Finance Championship in Newburgh, Ind., Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill is tied for 23rd after he shot a two-under 70 in Friday’s second round.
Pendrith is at one under, with Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., a shot behind him at even par.
Brad Fritsch, who had a win and second-place finish in his previous two events, missed the cut.
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