Ellis Widens Lead at Q-School

By Marty HenwoodMarch 2, 2005, 5:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeCHINO HILLS, Calif.--John Ellis of San Jose, Calif. widened his lead Wednesday during the second round of the Canadian Tours Winter Qualifying School in Chino Hills.
 
Starting the day with a one-shot edge thanks to an opening-round 67, Ellis carded a 2-under 70 for a two-day total of 7-under 137, a pair of shots in front of fellow Californian Dan Riskam. Five others are at 2-under 142.
 
Players hailing from the Golden State hold down eight of the top nine spots on the leaderboard through 36 holes.
 
Steve Frier of Richmond, BC came in with his second consecutive 73 and is in a tie for 19th at 2-over 146.
 
With a stiff wind blowing throughout the 7,102-yard Los Serranos Country Club for the afternoon wave of competitors, Ellis picked up right where he left off Tuesday, making the turn at 1-under. The breeze made for a two-club difference in shots for most of the day, but that didnt seem to faze Ellis, who posted a 1-under 35 on the inbound nine.
 
With that wind, I am pretty pleased to be where I am, to say the least, said Ellis. It got progressively harder out there as the day went on. If I had been even par on the back nine, I would have been happy, so I dont have any complaints.
 
The Canadian Tour will award ten exempt cards for the 2005 season once the final round wraps up Friday with another ten players, plus ties, being granted non-exempt status.
 
Just minutes after Riskam came in as the clubhouse leader, Ellis signed for a 70 to take over top spot with just 36 holes remaining. As comfortable a position as he may be in after two rounds, Ellis says he wont be letting up until he sinks his final putt on the 18th green Friday afternoon.
 
Nothing changes, whether I am ten back or ten ahead. I am just going to take it shot by shot and whatever it gives me, thats it.
 
Riskam, a former Northwestern University teammate of European Tour champion Luke Donald and Canadian Tour member Jess Daley, vaulted all the way from 17th to second with a 5-under 67. The 26-year-old hit his second shot from 205 yards on the par-5 16th, his seventh hole of the day, to within eight feet before draining the eagle putt to get into the red for the first time.
 
That really got me going, he said of the eagle. I was even for the day and all of a sudden I am 2-under. Obviously, I have no complaints. Playing well will do that.
 
Ninety-five players from five countries are competing for Canadian Tour playing privileges this week
 
Barton Creek Resort and Spa will play host to the first official event of 2005 when the Barton Creek Austin Canadian Tour Pro Am Classic presented by Yes! Golf is staged in Austin, Tex Mar. 12-15.

Scores after the second round of the Canadian Tours California Winter Qualifying School held at the 7,104-yard, par-72 Los Serranos CC:

1.Ellis, John67 70 137
2.Riskam, Daniel72 67 139
3.Beard, Michael71 71 142
3.Harrington, Scott71 71 142
3.Sestero, Luke71 71 142
3.Walton, Michael71 71 142
3.Yi, Dong68 74 142
8.Itzen, Justin70 73 143
8.Tomasulo, Peter70 73 143
10.Brown, Michael73 71 144
10.Brunson, Daniel70 74 144
10.Fonner, Matthew74 70 144
10.Henderson, Scott70 74 144
10.Mackenzie, Brock73 71 144
10.Mallinger, John75 69 144
10.Surber, Russell69 75 144
17.Floyd, Dan74 71 145
17.Guetz, Brian74 71 145
19.Coleman, Jim Bob74 72 146
19.Frier, Steve73 73 146
19.Keller, Rob70 76 146
19.Monfont, Kyle74 72 146
23.Guetz, Bret73 74 147
23.Henson, Berry71 76 147
23.Lindstom, Jon73 74 147
26.Kennedy, Robert70 78 148
26.Minamimoto, Osamu75 73 148
26.Nakane, Kenta75 73 148
26.Puekdang, Ty74 74 148
26.Puska, Jeff71 77 148
26.Ruda, Jesse72 76 148
26.Streat, Heath75 73 148
26.Tayler, Nik (A)76 72 148
26.Uchibori, Yuki76 72 148
35.Burnier, Jean-Luc75 74 149
35.Ferlic, Gavin77 72 149
35.Giarrantano, Tony71 78 149
35.McNally, Michael77 72 149
35.Robertson, John W.77 72 149
35.Wiles, Trevin76 73 149
41.Hatley, Reid72 78 150
42.Aga, Matt75 76 151
42.Bergstedt III, Russell74 77 151
42.Dennis, Spencer76 75 151
42.Inlow, Travis77 74 151
42.Kirkpatrick, Miles75 76 151
42.Martin, Nolan76 75 151
42.Overson, Darrin73 78 151
42.Richardson, Brandon76 75 151
42.Smith, Blaise75 76 151
51.Blackwell, Shane78 74 152
51.Buxbaum, Aaron74 78 152
51.Kupeyan, Calvin77 75 152
51.Moreno, JP76 76 152
51.Patterson, Marcus76 76 152
51.Smith, Warren76 76 152
57.Gavlak, Zac75 78 153
57.Heinz, Jerry76 77 153
57.Kawaguchi, Masa75 78 153
57.Kowaluk, Kurt75 78 153
57.Potter, Dan75 78 153
57.Streatfield, Andrew79 74 153
63.Dorothy, Dean76 78 154
63.Kuraoka, Justin79 75 154
63.Newbolt, Tim79 75 154
63.Park, Pedro75 79 154
63.Takase, Atsushi78 76 154
63.Watanabe, Steve76 78 154
69.Atlick, Scott75 80 155
69.Jensen, Brent77 78 155
71.Dickson, Chris77 79 156
71.Kang, Tai74 82 156
71.Kastner, Jason76 80 156
71.LeBlanc, Dale80 76 156
71.Libby, Kyle80 76 156
71.Shibuya, Randy77 79 156
71.Smith, Todd73 83 156
71.Vinson, CJ76 80 156
79.Luce, Jeremy81 76 157
79.Pekuri, Mark80 77 157
81.Kawano, Koichiro75 83 158
81.Pederson, Shawn77 81 158
81.Sanchez, Cuauhtemoc74 84 158
81.Stevens, Noah79 79 158
85.Hamano, Takashi83 76 159
86.Smith, Ryan82 79 161
87.Aldrich, David (A)82 80 162
87.Johnstone, Evan81 81 162
87.Potter, Bryan81 81 162
90.Duran, Tony80 83 163
91.Israel, Peter (A)83 81 164
92.Kennedy, Dean80 85 165
93.Narita, Mitsutake80 87 167
94.Hilton, Jed87 81 168
95.Stahlheber, Charles98 87 185

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