THREE TIED AT THE TOP HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
OF CANADIAN TOUR Q-SCHOOL
- 2011 Member Brandon Harkins Among the Trio of Leaders -
2012 Canadian Tour Qualifying School
May 8 - 11, 2012
The Country Club at Soboba Springs (SS) - Par 72
Oak Valley Golf Club (OV) - Par 72
Cards - 30 Exempt / 30 plus ties Non Exempt
Soboba Springs 28 C - Winds 11 km/h
Oak Valley 30 C - Winds 15 km/h
Third Round Leaderboard (bold denotes Canadian)
Brandon Harkins, Scottsdale, AZ 71-68-74 (-3) OV
Nate McCoy (A), Des Moines, IA 73-70-70 (-3) OV
Andrew Roque, Monterey Park, CA 76-66-73 (-3) OV
AJ Shiffert, Visalia, CA 73-67-74 (-2) OV
Cory Renfrew, Victoria, BC 72-73-70 (-1) OV
Tyler Aldridge, Nampa, ID 73-69-73 (-1) OV
Kevin Tucker, Scottsdale, AZ 69-69-77(-1) OV
Micah Burke, Los Angles, CA 78-70-68 (E) OV
Aaron Sherry, Fort Myers, FL 77-69-70 (E) OV
(May 10, 2012 - Beaumont, CA) - Brandon Harkins of Scottsdale, AZ, amateur Nate McCoy of Des Moines, IA and Andrew Roque of Monterey Park, CA all share the lead after three rounds at the Canadian Tour's 2012 Qualifying School. All three players are tied at 3-under par for the tournament and will play in the final group at Soboba Springs on Friday..
Harkins, a 2011 Canadian Tour member, started the day one shot back of lead Kevin Tucker but managed to keep himself in the medalist conversation even after a 2-over par 74. Harkins opened his round with a 2-under par 34 on the front side at Oak Valley but a couple of loose swings on the back nine saw the 25-year-old post four bogeys on his inward nine.
"I didn't play great today but I'm not upset about it," said the composed Chico State graduate. "Today was really about survival and I didn't take myself out of it, so we'll look to keep doing what were doing and get ready for tomorrow," said Harkins, who made two of nine cuts on the Canadian Tour in 2011.
Harkins heads to Soboba Springs on Friday with the confidence knowing he has posted the lowest round of the week on the host course of the Nationwide Tour's Soboba Classic. Harkins shot a 4-under par 68 on Wednesday which shot him up the leaderboard and into a tie for second after two rounds.
"I'll have the exact same game plan at Soboba tomorrow as I had earlier in the week," said Harkins. "I had success there hitting a lot of irons and hybrids and that won't change even though we're in contention to win," admitted Harkins who finished in a tie for fourth at the 2011 California Q-School.
Nate McCoy, a recent college graduate from the University of Iowa, shot his second straight round of 70 to move him into a share of the lead. The 21-year-old amateur has chosen to remain as an amateur until the completion of NCAA regionals which go later this month.
"I just graduated after a pretty good year and I wanted to make sure I could still compete one last time with my college team," said McCoy regarding his amateur status. "Once the NCAA Championship is over it is my intention to turn professional and hopefully it will be on the Canadian Tour," added McCoy..
That goal shouldn't be too hard to complete for the young Des Moines native. McCoy is a three time college winner including two wins this past season.
After a slow start to begin the tournament and a small battle with nerves, McCoy has managed to find his comfort zone especially on the greens.
"It took me nine holes on Tuesday to shake my nerves," admitted McCoy who came into the week focused on gaining one of the 30 exempt cards. "I've been playing really smart and sticking to my game plan and my focus now is to win the golf tournament," confessed McCoy who has his father Mike on his bag this week.
Andrew Roque of Monterey Park, CA shot a third round 1-under-par 71 at Oak Valley which moved him into a tie for the lead. Roque, who shot a tournament best 66 at Oak Valley on Wednesday is no stranger to the winner's circle having won a number of mini tour events since turing pro in October of 2011.
"I've had some good success on the Pepsi Tour down here in California and it's really helped my confidence," said Roque following his second straight sub par round. "I'm pleased with the way I've played so far and I'm looking forward to tomorrow and seeing how everything unravels," added Roque.
Cory Renfrew of Victoria, BC is the top Canadian following three rounds. The 26-year-old UBC graduate shot a third round 2-under par 70 and will play in the penultimate group at Soboba Springs on Friday. Renfrew sits two shots back of the leader at 1-under- par for the tournament.
The top 30 players after four rounds will receive exempt status for the 2012 season. The next 30 players and ties will receive non-exempt cards. The current cut line after two rounds is 6-over par for an exempt card and 11-over par for a non-exempt card.
Play resumes at 7:30 AM at Soboba Springs and Oak Valley.