Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz was in the middle of the pack in an attempt to gain status for the PGA TOUR Canada 2022 schedule. (File photo)

Vernon’s Matthew Kreutz was in the middle of the pack in an attempt to gain status for the PGA TOUR Canada 2022 schedule. (File photo)

Vernon golfer comes up short in PGA TOUR Canada qualifying bid

Matthew Kreutz tied for 61st spot in field of 100; top 25 and ties gained status for 2022 tour

Vernon golfer Matthew Kreutz finished in a tie for 61st spot at the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifying Tournament at the Home Course in Dupont, Wash.

Kreutz, who turned 25 on March 13, fired rounds of 69-78-74-76 to finish at 9-over 297, missing out on getting status on the PGA TOUR Canada 2022 slate.

Of the nine Canadians in the field, three earned 2022 PGA TOUR Canada status: Lawren Rowe of Victoria (second), Richmond’s Chris Crisologo (tied for seventh) and Kevin Gordon of Whitby, Ont. (tied for 25th).

There were 100 players in this field when the tournament began, and 95 completed 72 holes.

American Taylor Funk birdied two of his final three holes Friday to pull away at the end and defeat Rowe by two shots. Funk, who fired a closing, 3-under 69 and finished at 13-under, will be exempt for the entire 2022 PGA TOUR Canada season that begins in six weeks.

Rowe, along with seven others — amateur Noah Woolsey, Scott Stevens, Blake Maum, Cameron John, Crisologo, Christian Muscarello and Talon Supak – are exempt into the first half of the season’s schedule.

Funk is the son of former PGA and Champions Tour member Fred Funk.

A total of 33 amateurs have qualified for the 2022 PGA TOUR Canada season via this year’s Qualifying Tournaments.

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