Drew Nesbitt Builds a Slim Lead in the Opening Round
Drew Nesbitt Builds a Slim Lead in the Opening Round
Several Quebecers will be in the race for the title
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Victoriaville, August 11, 2022 – Victoriaville, August 11, 2022 - No one could do better than Drew Nesbitt on Thursday in the first round of the Sani-Marc – Fenergic Canada Cup presented by the City of Victoriaville and played at Club de golf Victoriaville. The Ontario native shot a 65 (-7), good for the provisional lead, one shot ahead of his closest rivals.
The Toronto native exuded confidence on the Centre-du-Québec fairways, and he did not fail to demonstrate his intentions for the days to come. He played almost flawlessly to move to the top of the contenders, where he intends to stay as long as possible.
"It was a very good day for me with eight birdies and only one bogey on the eighth hole. I had a brain cramp and that was my only real bad shot today. Everything went well, especially on the back nine, and I was able to play a tight, error-free game. The plan is definitely not going to change, and I will try to do exactly the same for the next few days," commented Nesbitt after his round.
The 27-year-old will be challenged by compatriots Noah Steele, Austin Ryan, and Eddie Maunder, as well as American Jake Scott, all of whom shot six under par (66) in the opening round of the tournament.
Just behind them are Quebecers Étienne Papineau (Pinegrove) and Brandon Lacasse (Knowlton), who both recorded a round of 67 (-5) on Thursday to tie for sixth place with five other participants.
"I got off to a great start today, everything was running smoothly, and I was at -7 after 13 holes. However, I made some small mistakes that cost me bogeys on the 14th and 16th holes," explained Papineau, who was nonetheless encouraged by his performance in the opening round of this ninth edition of the Sani-Marc – Fenergic Canada Cup.
"When my long game and my short game click together, I know I'm capable of playing low scores like my early round. Unfortunately, I got away a little bit at the end, but it's no big deal. There's a lot of golf left and it's a good start anyway!"
No less than 66 golfers from Québec are in action in this tournament, which will conclude on Sunday. Among them, five are tied for 13th place at -4 (68), including Alexis Clément (Drummondville). The latter ended his round brilliantly by firing his 75-yard approach shot straight to the bottom of the 18th cup for an eagle.
"I didn't putt very well today, and my caddie joked around, telling me to make my shot in order to avoid having to take my putter out. In the end, we made it perfectly and we were very happy! We'll try to build on that for the future," said Clément, smiling after his round.
Several athletes also stood out on the amateur side on Thursday. This is the case of the host club's golfer and defending champion of the category, Francis Rouillier, who is in the lead with a round of -3 (69). He will not only try to maintain his title, but also to win a fourth one after those of 2013, 2018 and 2021.
The 156 participants, 136 professionals and 20 amateurs, will return to the tee early Friday morning to play the second round, after which a cut to the top 70 and ties will be made to advance to Saturday and Sunday.
A total of $125,000, including $25,000 for the winner, will be awarded at the end of the Sani-Marc – Fenergic Canada Cup, the largest independent tournament for Canadian professional golfers from the tours associated with the event: Vancouver Golf Tour, Great Lakes Tour, Toronto Players Tour, East Coast Pro Tour, PGA of Québec, PGA of Canada, and Golf Québec.
Admission is free throughout the tournament for spectators who wish to experience the unique atmosphere of this competition. It is also possible to follow all the action live on Golf Zoogle's YouTube platform.
About Sani Marc
Sani Marc has been in cleaning and sanitation for nearly 50 years and continues to grow. It manufactures and distributes cleaning and sanitation products to a wide range of customers, primarily in the commercial, institutional, industrial, food & beverage and pool & spa maintenance sectors. In 2018, the company produced approximately 55 million kg of sanitation products and fulfilled some 200,000 orders.
Sani Marc's mission of helping customers achieve excellence in cleaning is supported by over 750 employees in 17 branches across Canada, enabling it to offer customers equipment maintenance programs, on-site staff training and consulting services for optimizing operations. Sani Marc also offers a range of floor maintenance equipment that boost employee productivity and lower the cost of ownership. Sani Marc products are known for being effective, safe and environmentally friendly; some of which are highly innovative and unique on the market. For more information, please visit www.sanimarc.com.
Fenergic is a door and window manufacturing company from the Bois-Francs region, in Centre-du-Québec. Founded in 1953 by Mr. Léo Beauchesne, the manufacturing company was taken over by his son, Pierre Beauchesne, in 1984, after his engineering studies at Polytechnique Montréal.
Fenergic thrived and became the 1987 Small and Medium Size Business of the Year in Québec. Then, 1999 marked the launch of a revolutionary product that changed the window industry in Canada a decade later, the hybrid PVC-aluminum window. To this day, Vision MV is still a leading product on the market. For more information, please visit https://www.fenergic.com/en/.
Philanthropy, the well-being of his community and the influence of his region have always been important values for Mr. Beauchesne.
"We believe that accessibility to sports for children and youth is a critical component of personal and community development. All children, from all regions, especially remote areas, should have the opportunity to discover and develop their potential. We are pleased to support the Canada Cup in Victoriaville and enable the people of the region to experience a tournament of this magnitude."
About the Victoriaville Golf Club
Located in the Centre-du-Québec region, Victoriaville is a semi-private 18-hole golf club located in the heart of downtown Victoriaville, along the Nicolet River. With a course that boasts 6 holes of each par, players can take advantage of many low-scoring opportunities. With these exceptional playing conditions, Victoriaville is an ideal site for the Canada Cup competitors as well as for golf amateurs of all skill levels. For more information, please visit www.golfvictoriaville.com/.
Since its opening, Victoriaville has hosted several noteworthy golf events, including the Québec Open for eleven years, the prestigious Béliveau-Perreault and Gilles Marotte tournaments, and most notably the Sani Marc - Desjardins Canada Cup for the past eight years.
About Golf Québec – Initiate passions, build dreams
Founded in 1920, Golf Québec is the provincial sport federation whose mission is to increase participation in golf and develop excellence. Some of Golf Québec’s core services include the Golf in Schools Program, First Tee as well as Get Linked initiatives, the Introduction Tour, Junior Golf Development Centres (JGDC), Rules of Golf, World Handicap System, course rating services, as well as the Québec Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, Golf Québec conducts regional and provincial championships to bring the local golf enthusiasts to surpass themselves and eventually reach the upper spheres of professional tours. For more information, please visit https://www.golfquebec.org.
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