Roque Rolls to First Canadian Tour Win
- Rookie birdies final seven holes, blitzes Uplands with final-round 61 -
2012 Times Colonist Island Savings Open
June 7 - 10, 2012
Uplands Golf Club (35-35) Par 70
Winner's share: $24,000
16 degrees Celcius, wind 15 km/h
Third Round Leaderboard (Bold denotes Canadian)
Andrew Roque, Monterey Park, CA 64-70-71-61 (-14)
Cory Renfrew, Victoria, BC 68-67-66-68 (-11)
Lucas Lee, Brazil 65-69-70-65 (-11)
Derek Gillespie, Oshawa, ON 67-66-71-66 (-10)
Scott Harrington, Scottsdale, AZ 69-71-68-65
Matt Jager, Australia 72-69-65-67 (-7)
Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC 67-70-69-68 (-6)
Jeff Rengel, Martinez, CA 70-68-66-70 (-6)
(June 10, 2012 - Victoria, BC) - With what can only be described as a furious charge to the finish, Canadian Tour rookie Andrew Roque birdied his final seven holes to card a final-round 61 tying the course record en route to capturing his maiden Canadian Tour victory in his first start.
"I knew where I stood but I didn't realize that I made seven birdies in a row," said Roque, who told Times Colonist reporter Ron Rauch yesterday that if there was no wind he could shoot 60. "It took a lot out of me today and I'm glad I was able to stay present and pull out the win," said the 23-year old Roque.
Roque's score of 61 tied a course record set by Canadian Tour member Roger Sloan in 2010. The Monterey Park, CA native started his closing run with a chip-in birdie on 12 and followed with six more birdies to finish at 14-under par, three shots ahead of Lucas Lee of Brazil and Victoria, BC native Cory Renfrew.
"If I wasn't in contention I would have been pulling for Cory, He's a great guy, but what can I say," said Roque, who admitted he was mentally drained from the emotions following he record matching round. "I was really focused today and stuck to my plan of staying aggressive," added Roque who earned $24,000 for the victory.
The aforementioned Renfrew had tied Roque briefly with a birdie of his own on the 15th, delighting the hometown fans who turned out in droves to cheer him on. But then, Roque added birdies at 16, 17 and 18 to run away from the field.
Renfrew, a UBC graduate, was also hoping to accomplish what Roque did and win his in his first attempt on the Canadian Tour, but fell just short despite a final-round 68 and the support of hundreds of locals.
Renfrew led by three heading into the final round, and was the only player in the field to break 70 in all four rounds. Despite his second place showing the Victoria rookie has to be proud of his performance in his Canadian Tour debut.
Lucas Lee made a charge of his own today posting his second 5-under round of the tournament. The Brazilian now has four second place showings to his credit since joining the Canadian Tour in 2009.
Derek Gillespie, who is playing in 2012 on a medical exemption after suffering severe injuries in a car accident in April of 2011, certainly served notice that he is ready to contend once again. The Oshawa, ON native last won on the Canadian Tour in 2003 and sits in fourth spot on the all time money list.
Gillespie finished in fourth spot alone with a final 4-under 66.
With his second place showing Renfrew grabbed the early lead in the Canadian Rookie of the Year race on the Canadian Tour presented by The Great Waterway. Renfrew earned $11,700 and has a $6,800 lead over fellow rookie Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, BC.
The Canadian Tour's next full field event is the ATB Financial Classic in Edmonton at Windermere Golf & Country Club. Hugo Leon of Chile will be defending his title beginning June 21, 2012. Next week a select group of Canadian Tour players will be playing in the Home Hardware Sun Rivers Pro Am in Kamloops which goes June 14 and 15 (unofficial event).