Eric Onesi wins PGA Tour Canada Q-School event at Crown Isle

44 golfers, including five Canadians, earn status on PGA Tour Canada for 2015

Wilson Bateman tied for low Canadian honours with fellow Albertan Stuart Anderson at 6-under

With a final round 3-under 69 on Friday at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community, Eric Onesi earned medallist honours at PGA Tour Canada’s British Columbia Qualifying Tournament.

The Bear, Delaware golfer finished with a two-stroke advantage over Kansas City, Missouri’s Michael Letzig and Galloway, Ohio’s Ethan Tracy.

A total of 44 players earned status on PGA Tour Canada for 2015, including five Canadians. Onesi joins fellow Q-School medallists Albin Choi and Julien Brun and will be exempt on PGA Tour Canada for the 2015 season.

“I hung in there. It’s been a long time coming and I’m kind of at a loss for words, but it feels good,” Onesi told PGA Tour Canada.

The Old Dominion University graduate found himself with a three-stroke advantage over Tracy with three holes to go, and after slipping with a double bogey on the 16th, rebounded to birdie the 18th and secure a two-stroke victory.

After having conditional Web.com Tour status in 2011 and 2012, Onesi took time away from competing over parts of the past two years, serving as a caddie at Bay Hill Club and Lodge and working on his game. With a refreshed perspective, the 27-year old decided to take on 2015 in the pro ranks again, and will be able to plan out his season on PGA TOUR Canada.

“It’s huge. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to set my schedule with a couple of up-and-down years,” said Onesi. “To nail that down and be exempt through all 12 events puts a big smile on my face. It’s one of the best days of my golfing career for sure.”

Letzig, a veteran of 114 events on the PGA Tour, carded a final round 69 to share second place with Tracy, who was unable to convert the 54-hole lead into victory.

Strathmore, Alberta’s Stuart Anderson and Edmonton, Alberta’s Wilson Bateman were low Canadians, both finishing in a tie for eighth at 6-under.

Olympia, Washington’s Cameron Peck emerged victorious in a 6-for-1 playoff, going birdie-par on the 10th and 17th holes in sudden victory to earn the 18th spot and exempt status through the first six events of the 2015 season.

“Everything was fantastic,” said Brian Decker of PGA Tour Canada in summing up the event. “Personally, I always say it’s my favourite week of the year because we love coming to Crown Isle  so much.

“For us, everything is so easy. The club staff is phenomenal, the course is great and we stay right on site. We love being out on the West Coast,” Decker added.

 

“From a Tour perspective, it was great. The course was the right level of challenging and the guys who finished top 40 and top 18 and earned their cards for the year, they really earned it because it was a great test of golf. I think the guys who played well are going to go on to do some pretty good things on the Tour this year,” Decker said.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP looking for missing teen in Comox Valley

Jenessa Shacter was last seen going for a walk in downtown Courtenay

Comox Valley youth starts virtual race against racism

Cailyn Collins says people can take part in the cause from anywhere

Comox Valley Regional District asks residents about curbside pickup

Online survey about waste pickup for most rural residents runs until Sept. 11

Independent home learning hub to open for kids in the Comox Valley

Community’s Waldorf team put Daily Wonder together to help students, families

Nanwakolas Council makes donation to North Island College to support First Nation students

The money was raised at the 2019 Nanwakolas golf tournament.

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

B.C. wildfire crews have battled 111 blazes in the last seven days

Twenty-nine fires remain active, as of Friday (Aug 7)

Most Read