Chilliwack’s Brad Clapp misses cut in Mackenzie Tour opener

Clapp was steady, but didn’t make enough birdies to keep himself above Friday’s cut line.

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.