Andrew McCain claims medalist honors at Q-School
May 03, 2019
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- May 03, 2019
- Andrew McCain claims medalist honors at Q-School. (Courtesy of the Minnesota Golf Assosciation)
COURTENDAY, British Columbia— Making 22 birdies and an eagle through four rounds at Crown Isle Resort, Andrew McCain claimed medalist honours by three strokes at the sixth and final Mackenzie Tour Q-School event of the 2019 season.
“It’s not really like a normal golf tournament because it’s more stressful all the way through,” said the Knoxville, Tennessee native. “At the same time, it’s almost more satisfying just because you have one shot every year to do it, so to show up and have some game when it matters, that means a lot.”
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The two-time Minnesota Open champion cruised all week long with the highlight being an eight-birdie 65 during Thursday’s third round. The victory gives the 25-year old a full exemption through the 2019 season.
“It’s great not really having to worry about when you’re going to play or where you’re going to play or if you’re going to get into an event,” said McCain. “Knowing you have a place to play the entire year is exciting.”
While the first three rounds saw plenty of action, McCain showed consistency and poise through the final day, finishing with eight-consecutive pars to close his week out with his fourth-consecutive under-par day.
McCain, who married his wife Renee following graduating from the University of Maryland in 2017, is already looking forward to the cross-country trek.
“I’m looking forward to fishing all over Canada, I love to fish,” said McCain. “I’m excited to play golf as well, but to get to see so many cool places, I think it will be fun.”
With the victory, McCain joins 2019 medallists David Wicks, John Coultas, William Gordon, Jake Knapp and Chase Parker who look to take the next step on their path to the PGA TOUR.
“I think learning, having structured four-day events and understanding when I’m going to play my best and how many weeks in a row can I play will be the biggest learning curve,” said McCain. “Playing golf is almost the easy part, it’s managing the travel and everything that goes with it and I’m looking forward to doing that.”
- Tyler Salsbury made two eagles on his first nine holes, beginning three-under through two after jarring a 102-yard wedge from the fairway on Crown Isle’s hole No. 11.
- After giving up touring golf five years ago, South African Albert Pistorius, who now calls Calgary, Alta. home, will have a chance to chase his dream once again, finishing T8 and earning six guaranteed Mackenzie Tour starts.
- Boston College senior Matthew Naumec avoided over-par rounds all week at Crown Isle and posted a five-under 67 on Friday to secure guaranteed Mackenzie Tour starts.
- In his third effort at Crown Isle, Burnaby, British Columbia native Michael Belle shot his fourth-consecutive under-par round on Friday, finishing T6 to earn guaranteed Mackenzie Tour starts for the first time in his career.
- After starting his day 2-over through nine holes to fall out of the top-14, Carr Vernon caught fire on the back-side, making eagle on hole No. 15 before making two more birdies on the way in to finish T8 and earn Mackenzie Tour status for the second-consecutive year.
- Returning to the Mackenzie Tour after having status in 2017, Tain Lee made four birdies in a row on his back nine on his way to a final-round 67 to finish T4.
“The week was good. The golf course is in excellent shape; firm and fast like I like it. Today was interesting because I didn’t have a very good warm-up session, but I knew I was in a good position starting the fourth round, so I decided to play conservative on the front nine and see what the golf course gave me. I made a lot of good swings, I two-putt 15 for birdie and that was it, and then I rallied off five-in-a-row starting off the next nine and that settled me down.” – Wesley McClain
“It makes it easy to plan travel coming from Texas and also family, they’re going to come watch a few events, so that makes it easier. It’s tough playing with conditional status, you don’t know when you’ll get in, I tried to do that last year on the Challenge Tour and that’s tough.” – Wesley McClain
“It was a pressure-packed round and it was nice to get out to a hot start. I was 102 yards out on my second hole, a little into the wind and between clubs, but my dad, who was caddying for me this week, talked me into hitting a shorter club and trusting it; I flushed it at the stick. We couldn’t see it go in, but people were cheering and clapping so it was nice to get that start in a round when you know you have to get after it.” – Tyler Salsbury
“I learned from last year’s experience here, I was in a similar position and struggled a bit and took my foot off the gas, so it was nice to get off to a 6-under start through 10. I made a couple good pars on that back nine, made up for a chunked wedge that led to a double, but I told myself if I was 4-under at that point in the round I’d be pleased with it, so played the last four holes and got it done.” – Tyler Salsbury
“I’m excited because last year was my rookie year not only on the Mackenzie Tour, but in professional golf, and I kind of got swept up a little bit. I really have focused on my mental game and learning what it takes day-in-day-out and, I’m excited for another crack and to do a little damage this year.” – Tyler Salsbury
“It feels good. I came in with a goal this week to win and I stuck with it today. I knew I had to go pretty low if I wanted to have a chance and that’s the mindset I tried to have, not to make the top-14, but do the best I could do and see how low I could go. I played a bit more aggressive today to get the top-14 off my mind and I did pretty well with that and it feels good.” – Derek Bayley
“It’s not life or death, I have a way I play the game and it’s pretty stress free and the lower the stress for me, the better. At the end of the day, this isn’t going to define you and you have your whole career ahead of you and I treat it like that.” – Derek Bayley
“To not have to worry about Monday qualifiers, and I have status on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, this will definitely solidify the first part of my summer at least.” – Derek Bayley
“I started pretty bad today. I was three-over pretty quick but then played my last 11 five-under to get to my number, so I was really happy with the mental grind.” – Michael Belle
“This is my third time at this site and my first good showing, so I couldn’t be happier to represent Canada playing on the Mackenzie Tour.” – Michael Belle
How the Tournament Works
There were 116 players competing this week with hopes of earning Mackenzie Tour membership for the 2019 season. Below is a breakdown of the status earned by each player within the top-40 and ties.
Andrew McCain (1)
Exempt for the 2019 season
2nd through 14th (no ties)
Wesley McClain 2
Tyler Salsbury 3
Tain Lee T4
Stephen Franken (a) T4
Derek Bayley T6
Michael Belle T6
Jay Hwang T8
Carr Vernon T8
Albert Pistorius T8
Matthew Naumec (a) T11
Lee Detmer (a) T11
Eric Dietrich 13
Roy Cootes (a) T14
Fully exempt for the first six 2019 tournaments and subject to the re-shuffle
15th through 40th (plus ties)
Derek Gillespie T14
Derek Barron T14
Jacob Huizinga (a) 17
Chris Baker T18
Joseph Harvie T18
Michael Martinson T18
Patrick Grimes T21
Charlie Kern T21
Raoul Menard T21
Zach Seabolt T21
Joshua Sieple (a) T21
Chris Babock T24
Isaac Hall T26
Jesse Heinly T26
Callum Davison T26
Jonny Baxter T30
Andrew Funk T30
Jordan Gumberg T30
Zach Anderson T33
Chase Harris (a) T33
Jose Rolz T33
Cody Massa T36
Patrick Moriarty T36
Alex Scott (a) T36
Aaron Crawford T36
Blair Bursey T40
T.K. Kim (a) T40
Conditionally exempt for the 2019 season
Fourth-Round Weather: Partly cloudy. High of 13. Wind at 16 KPH.