Brady Schnell shot a final round 70 on Friday to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Canadian Tour’s Spring Qualifying School in Parksville, B.C.
Schnell’s four-round score of 11-under-par 277 earns him the title by one stroke over Matt Marshall who fired a tournament low 66.
Jordan Irwin bounced back from yesterday’s 76 with a closing 68 to grab solo third at four under 284 with Mike Rotors (76) and Dave Williamson (74) sharing fourth spot at 285.
Despite a final round 74, Jason D’Amore captured the sixth and final exempt spot at 286.
Finishing seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively, and earning non-exempt cards were Greg Machtaler (287), Jae Woo Im (288), and Todd Killingsworth (289), who fell due to a final round 79.
Erik Olson was another stroke back at 290, while the final non-exempt cards at 292 went to Caesar Coello, Mitchell Fox, Brenton Fowler and Kory Storer.
Schnell, who pocketed $2,000 for the win, began his day with four consecutive pars before bogeying the fifth. He then reeled off birdies at eight, nine, and 10 before parring his way in.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Schnell. “I wanted to keep playing how I had been playing, but when Todd (Killingsworth) and Mike (Roters) got into some trouble and went backwards, it took a lot of the pressure off.”
“I sort of put it on cruise control after those birdies. My goal was to shoot two-under on the back side, but then I saw Matt coming up fast and giving me a run,” he said. “I didn’t quite get to two (under) on the back, but it was still enough to win.”
PLAYERS EARNING EXEMPT CARDS
PLAYERS EARNING NON-EXEMPT CARDS IN ORDER OF RANK
Jae Woo Im