Brad Clapp’s first outing on the 2017 Mackenzie Tour was a tough one.
The 30 year old missed the cut at the Freedom 55 Financial Open, a four-round tournament that was played Thursday through Sunday at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club.
Clapp has performed well at this tourney in year’s past, including a memorable second place finish in 2014 and a top 20 showing (19th) last season.
Clapp opened this year’s event with one-over-par 73 in the opening round. Clapp birdied nine and 18 and bogied three, 15 and 16.
The Chilliwack Golf Club instructor fired an even-par 2 in round two, leaving him right on the cut-line of one under.
“I had glimpses of brilliance mixed in with momentary lapses in focus and judgement,” Clapp said. “I played a little more reserved off the tee box which didn’t set up enough good birdie chances to off-set some mistakes.”
American Lee McCoy ran away with the tournament title, shooting a 20-under 268 to beat runner-ups Hunter Stewart and Jordan Niebrugge (both Americans) by eight strokes.
Kevin Stinson, the new lead instructor at Chilliwack’s Cheam Mountain Golf Course, tied for 39th overall with a four-under 284.
Clapp is in Victoria this week for the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open, running Thursday through Sunday at the Uplands Golf Club.